Her Majesty the Queen Congratulates Kenneth Kuanda On His 90th Birthday [press release]

HM Queen Elizabeth II has congratulated first republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda on his 90th birthday.

In her message personally delivered to Dr Kaunda by James Thornton, British High Commissioner to Zambia on 2 June, the Queen said:

“Philip and I have heard you recently celebrated your 90th Birthday. Yours has been a most eventful life, inextricably interwoven with the history and development of your nation, which you served as President for 27 years. In this, the 50th year of Zambia’s independence, I am delighted that the links between our countries remains so g. Elizabeth R.”

And on delivering the message from the Queen, Mr Thornton said.

“I feel honoured to be the one to deliver this message to you following your 90th birthday and in the year of Zambia’s jubilee celebrations. The United Kingdom is here to celebrate with Zambia. The relations between our countries are very g.

Zambia is an important member of the Commonwealth, for which you worked so hard as President, and which plays such a valuable role in bringing together countries with widely different circumstances but which share common values.”

Afterwards Mr Thornton expanded on the strength of UK relations with Zambia. He referred to the substantial government-to-government links, including through the large UK co-operation programme here in Zambia. He also talked about the many individual Britons who ran their own development projects in Zambia entirely independently of the British government.

Mr Thornton noted the personal links between the British Royal Family and Dr Kaunda. Recent manifestations of this included the visit by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, to Dr Kaunda in hospital at the beginning of her visit to Zambia in September 2012 and the attendance by Dr Kaunda at a lunch given by Mr Thornton for Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, during the latter’s visit to Zambia in October last year.

SOURCE UK Foreign amp Commonwealth Office

Source : PR Newswire

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