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Queen Elizabeth’s Visit to Nigeria: History & Details

An important part of the history of Nigeria is her colonial story. Under colonialism and under the administration of Britain, the Queen (Queen Elizabeth) was the highest monarchical authority who was in control of government affairs. She carried out ceremonial functions in her position as head of state in the colonised Nigeria. She was also the monarch of the other common wealth realms, including the United Kingdom.

Even when Nigeria gained her independence in 1960, the Queen still held a high and important status in Nigeria. Queen Elizabeth was Queen of Nigeria from 1960-1963, the time between the nation’s independence and when she became a republic. You can see now the reasons her visits to Nigeria were always with such great fuss.

Queen Elizabeths Visit to Nigeria

During her reign as head of state and Queen of Nigeria, Queen Elizabeth visited Nigeria twice.

The first time was in 1956, from the 28 th of January to the 16 th of February, 1956. At the airport, she was welcomed by federal dignitaries which included the Minister for Labour and Welfare at the time, Festus Okotie-Eboh and Governor-General Sir James Robertson. She was driven around in a Rolls Royce in the country’s capital, Lagos with lots of fun fare and royal services. She spent time in the Northern part of the country with the Sultan where she visited Kano and Kaduna. She also visited Jos and Enugu. The second time was when she attended the Common wealth Heads of Government meeting which was held between the 3 rd to the 6 th of December, 2003.

The 2003  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting  was the eighteenth meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in Abuja, Nigeria and hosted by the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

During the meeting, the Zimbabwean issue was dominant. This was the dispute over Zimbabwe’s suspension which led to another dispute over the re-election of Secretary-General Don McKinnon. Before the end of the meeting, Robert Mugabe’s announced that Zimbabwe was withdrawing from the Commonwealth. This best explains the need for the presence of the Queen at the meeting. In a letter addressed towards the Nigerian President at the time, the Queen explained that her visit was a demonstration of the value Britain attached to its relations with Nigeria and recognition of the country’s role on the international stage. Queen Elizabeth opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja on Friday, 5th December. Herself and the Duke of Edinburgh (often referred to as Her Majesty and His Royal Highness respectively) also attended other events during the Meeting.

During the Queen’s first visit in 1956, she went on a tour, known as the Queen’s 1956 Tour of Nigeria and the following incidents took place

Queen Arrives In Lagos (1956)

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip received welcome in the Nigerian capital, Lagos at the very start of the Royal tour

Inauguration Of New Federal Courts (1956)

The Queen attended the inauguration of the new federal courts in Nigeria.

The Queen was at the Durbar also known as the Royal Durbar (1956)

At Kaduna, the then capital of Northern Nigeria, Queen attended a Royal Durbar

 The Queen visited Kano (1956)

Queen elizabeth and duke philip visited jos – tin mines (1956).

Nigerian tribal canoes held a regatta for the Queen at Port Harcourt on the Ronny River after which she visited a Leper colony

Queen went on a tour in Enugu, Nigeria (1956)

When on the Royal tour, The Queen went on a visit to children’s rally and a tribal dancing at Enugu, Nigeria.

In Lagos, Queen Elizabeth attended a garden party and a formal session of the Federation Parliament.

The life of Queen Elizabeth

  Queen Elizabeth became queen following her father’s death in 1952. She was 25 years old at the time and became the queen regent of seven independent Commonwealth countries which were the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka). Many of the colonial realms, to include Nigeria gained independence during the course of her reign. As of the year, 2018, Queen Elizabeth II has been ruling England for 66years and is currently the longest-reigning British monarch in history

The role of Queen Elizabeth in colonial Nigeria

British influence in Nigeria began with the prohibition of the slave trade to British subjects in 1807. In 1861, Britain incorporated Lagos and in 1884, the Oil River Protectorate was established.  It was at the Berlin’s conference of 1885 that other European powers acknowledged Britain’s dominance over the Niger area.

From 1886 to 1899, much of the Niger area was ruled by the Royal Niger Company, authorized by charter, and governed by George Taubman Goldie. On 1 January 1900, the Royal Niger Company transferred its territories to the British government for the sum of £865,000; the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate were then passed from the Royal Niger Company to the Crown. The constitutions after the world war were progressive and allowed for increased representation and electoral government by Nigerians. The colonial period in Nigeria was precisely from 1900 to 1960, after which Nigeria gained its independence.

Queen Elizabeth II was Queen of Nigeria forms 1960- 1963:  Nigeria  was an independent  constitutional monarchy . She was also the monarch of the other commonwealth nations such as the  United Kingdom .

Nigeria became independent on 1 October 1960 by a British Act of Parliament. Nnamdi Azikiwe was installed as Governor-General of the federation and Tafawa Balewa continued to serve as head of a democratically elected parliamentary. The Queen was  head of state in Nigeria, though her constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the  Governor-General of Nigeria . The Governor-General represented the British monarch as head of state and was appointed by the Crown on the advice of the Nigerian prime minister in consultation with the premiers of the regions. The Governor-General was also responsible for appointing the prime minister and for choosing a candidate when there was no parliamentary majority. Other than this, the Governor-General’s office was essentially ceremonial.

The retention of the monarchy was not accepted by all and the political parties in Nigeria at the time agreed that the country should be a republic.

Nigeria adopted the  President of Nigeria  as head of state, on 1 October 1963 and hence, severed its relationship with the British monarchy.

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This article is okay but not telling us the full details,the queen also visited inevitably ode and some other few towns but it wasn’t mentions here and I don’t know why, anyway I got some information here too I haven’t gotten where I saw ither

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Letter from Africa: Why Queen of England has a throne in Nigeria

  • Published 26 May 2021

Queen Victoria, 1859. Victoria (1819-1901) succeeded her uncle, William IV, to the throne in 1837

In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian journalist and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani writes about the throne reserved for the Queen of England in the West African state.

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A myth among the Efik people of southern Nigeria is that one of their 19th Century kings was married to Queen Victoria of England.

"I first heard about it around 2001, when I was going through the museum and saw this very interesting correspondence between Queen Victoria and King Eyamba," said 60-year-old Donald Duke, who carried out extensive renovations on the national museum and also established a slave trade museum in the Cross River state capital city of Calabar, when he was governor there from 1999 to 2007.

"I thought it was important that we document our history, so we did a lot of research," he said.

King Eyamba V was one of two monarchs based in the coastal town of Calabar, then made up of two sovereign states.

King Eyamba V of Duke Town and King Eyo Honesty II of Creek Town presided over the affairs of the Efik ethnic group in the mid-19th Century, and controlled commerce with European merchants.

Owing to their location along the coast, the Efik developed long-standing relations with the Europeans, which greatly influenced their culture.

They often bear English surnames, such as Duke and Henshaw, and the traditional clothing of the men and women is similar to British fashions of the Victorian era.

A Nigerian dancer from the Efik tribe stops at the end of a traditional dance for The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during their Royal Tour.

The Efik also dominated the slave trade. They acted as middlemen between the African traders from the hinterlands and the white merchants on ships mostly from English cities such as Liverpool and Bristol.

They negotiated prices for slaves, then collected royalties from both the sellers and buyers. They worked on the docks, loading and offloading ships, and supplied the foreigners with food and other provisions.

"The kings became very wealthy. The families became prominent. They controlled the largest trough of slaves coming out of Africa," Mr Duke said.

Eyewitness account of slave trader

More than 1.5 million Africans were shipped to what was then called the New World - the Americas - through the Calabar port in the Bight of Bonny, making it one of the largest points of exit during the transatlantic trade.

Graphic showing the slave trade

A book containing the 18th Century journal of an Efik slave trader - written in Pidgin English and discovered in Scottish missionary archives - was published in 1956.

Titled The Diary of Antera Duke, it is the only surviving eyewitness account of the slave trade by an African merchant.

"We went down with Tom Cooper and the captain of Comberbach tender and we got on board at 2 o'clock and settled everything, and he dashed duke and us 143 kegs of powder and 984 coppers," one entry reads.

Decades after the slave trade was abolished in Britain in 1807, human cargo was still transported to other countries through Calabar.

"It was important that Queen Victoria had the kings of Calabar on her side," Mr Duke said.

"She wrote a letter asking that they stop trading in people and start trading in spices, palm oil, glassware, and other things."

This is where the myth begins.

Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, The Obong of Calabar

In her letter to King Eyamba, Queen Victoria offered inducements that included protection to him and his people.

She then signed off as "Queen Victoria, The Queen of England", which a local interpreter incorrectly relayed as "Queen Victoria, The Queen of All White People".

King Eyamba decided that if he was going to accept protection from a woman, then they had to get married. He told her so in his written reply, and signed off as, "King Eyamba, the King of All Black Men".

"He was adventurous and dictatorial," said Charles Effiong Offiong-Obo, an Efik chief who is also the current scribe of the Duke Town clan.

"He wrote to the Queen and said he wanted to marry her so that the two of them would rule the world."

One can only imagine Queen Victoria's reaction on reading King Eyamba's letter. But she did not explicitly decline his offer.

"She acknowledged the king's letter and said she looked forward to having good trade relations with him," Mr Offiong-Obo said.

Her letter was accompanied by some gifts - including a royal cape, a sword, and a Bible - a goodwill gesture that King Eyamba interpreted as acceptance of his marriage offer.

Thus, the people began to believe that their king had married the queen.

Obonganwan Nsidung Barbara (ONB) and HRH Prince Michael of Kent, in Efik attire as he went to the Palace of the Obong of Calabar to receive an Efik Chieftaincy Title - Ada Idagha Ke Efik Eburutu, in 2017.

Copies of correspondence between Queen Victoria and Kings Eyamba and Honesty are on display at the National Museum in Calabar, a building that was once the seat of the British colonial administration of southern Nigeria.

Some of the original letters have been sold to an unnamed private collector, I was told by a staff member of Between the Covers Rare Books Inc, which handled the sale.

Some time in the 20th Century, the Efik people agreed that only one monarch, known as an obong, would represent them, thus merging the thrones once occupied by Kings Eyamba and Honesty.

Prince becomes 'in-law'

Prince Michael of Kent was on a brief private visit to Calabar in 2017, when the reigning Obong, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, learned that the people's in-law from England was in town.

He feted the prince - a member of the British royal family and first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II - and made him a chief with the title Ada Idagha Ke Efik Eburutu, meaning "A person of honour and high standing in the Efik Eburutu Kingdom".

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Barbara Etim James, an obong-awan, or queen, among the Efik recalls that she was given just two days to plan the grand ceremony to confer the title, which took place at the obong's palace.

"During Prince Michael's visit, at every opportunity, they reminded him that he was their in-law. Even at the ceremony, they told that story again," she said.

"Prince Michael was delighted to hear the historical ties between the Efik and British royalty and was honoured to be deepening those ties with his Efik chieftaincy," she added.

In keeping with the tradition that began following King Eyamba's "marriage" to Queen Victoria, the coronation of the Obong of Calabar still takes place in two phases.

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Two thrones are set side by side. The Obong sits on one. The other one is left empty for the absent Queen of England" Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani Nigerian novelist

After the traditional rites are concluded in the community, the coronation ceremony continues in a Presbyterian Church (formerly the Church of Scotland), where the obong wears a crown and cape custom-made for the occasion in England.

Two thrones are set side by side and he sits on one, while the second is left empty for the absent Queen of England (or a Bible placed on it). His known wife sits behind him.

"Here we have a union between the Queen of all White People and the King of all Black Men," Mr Duke said.

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Queen Elizabeth’s First Visit to Nigeria in 1956 (with Video)

​ The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, visited Nigeria for the first time on the 28th of January, 1956, four years to  Nigeria’s independence and stayed for 20 days.

She was received with a military parade at the Ikeja Airport in Lagos and welcomed by dignitaries such as the then Governor-General, Sir James Robertson, his wife, the Minister of Labour ( Festus Okotie-Eboh ) and the Oba of Benin, Oba Akenzua II.

Oba Akenzua II and Queen Elizabeth II

Nigerians, eager to see the Queen, stormed the streets of Lagos with banners and flags. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were driven past the cheering crowds in an open car to the Municipal Boundary.

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Queen Elizabeth II also met with the Oba of Lagos, Oba Adeniji-Adele II. Little Folashade Lawson, daughter of the Chairman of Lagos Town Council, presented Queen Elizabeth II a bouquet on her knees.

​ Before the Queen left on the 16th of February, 1956, she visited other parts of Nigeria such as Port Harcourt and Kaduna where she graced the Dubar festival.

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King Eyamba V and King Eyo Honesty II: The two monarch ruling the Efik people

King Eyamba V was one of two monarchs based in the coastal town of Calabar , then made up of two sovereign states.

King Eyo Honesty II of Creek Town presided over the affairs of the other sovereign state also dominated by the Efik ethnic group in the mid-19th Century,

Due to their location along the coast, the Efik dominated the slave trade.

"They acted as middlemen between the African traders from the hinterlands and the white merchants on ships mostly from English cities such as Liverpool and Bristol.

queen of england visit to nigeria

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"They negotiated prices for slaves, then collected royalties from both the sellers and buyers," the report stated.

As the slave trade boomed, the "kings became very wealthy" "families became prominent", controlling "the largest trough of slaves coming out of Africa," according to Ex-Governor Duke.

Queen Victoria moves to stop slave trade in Calabar

However, decades after the slave trade was abolished in Britain in 1807, human cargo was still transported to other countries through Calabar.

In a bid to put a final stop to slave trading, Queen Victoria took steps to have the kings of Calabar on her side.

"She wrote a letter asking that they stop trading in people and start trading in spices, palm oil, glassware, and other things," former Governor Duke said.

Queen Victoria's letter to King Eyamba: Where the myth begins

Queen Victoria, in her letter to King Eyamba, allegedly offered inducements that included protection to the Calabar monarch and his people.

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She then signed off the letter as "Queen Victoria, The Queen of England", which a local interpreter incorrectly relayed as "Queen Victoria, The Queen of All White People".

According to the myth, King Eyamba decided that if he was going to accept protection from a woman, that is Queen Victoria, then they had to get married.

He told the Queen so in his written reply, which he also signed off as, "King Eyamba, the King of All Black Men".

"He (King Eyamba) wrote to the Queen and said he wanted to marry her so that the two of them would rule the world," Charles Effiong Offiong-Obo, an Efik chief was quoted as saying.

The myth has it that Queen Victoria simply acknowledged King Eyamba's letter and did not explicitly decline his "marriage" offer.

"She acknowledged the king's letter and said she looked forward to having good trade relations with him," Offiong-Obo said.

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The Queen's letter in response to King Eyamba was accompanied by some gifts, including a royal cape, a sword , and a Bible.

However, the simple goodwill gesture by the Queen was interpreted by King Eyamba as acceptance of his marriage offer. So, the Efik people began to believe that their king had married the Queen of England.

Sometime in the 20th Century, the Efik people reported agreed to have only one monarch, known as an Obong (of Calabar. Thus, the thrones once occupied by Kings Eyamba and Honesty were merged.

In-law is in town: Prince Michael of Kent's 2017 visit to Calabar

In 2017, Prince Michael of Kent paid a brief private visit to Calabar. However, the reigning Obong, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, got to know that he was in town.

Prince Michael, being a member of the British royal family and first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, was considered an in-law by the Obong, based on thy myth that King Eyamba "married" Queen Victoria.

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The Calabar monarch feted the prince and made him a chief with the title Ada Idagha Ke Efik Eburutu, meaning "A person of honour and high standing in the Efik Eburutu Kingdom".

A grand ceremony to confer the title on Prince Michael took place at the Obong's palace.

"During Prince Michael's visit, at every opportunity, they reminded him that he was their in-law. Even at the ceremony, they told that story again," said Barbara Etim James, an obong-awan, or queen, among the Efik who planned the chieftaincy ceremony.
"Prince Michael was delighted to hear the historical ties between the Efik and British royalty and was honoured to be deepening those ties with his Efik chieftaincy," she added.

The Obong of Calabar has two thrones: One for obong, the other for Queen Victoria

In line with the tradition that began following King Eyamba's "marriage" to Queen Victoria, the coronation of the Obong of Calabar still takes place in two phases, according to the BBC report.

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After the traditional rites are concluded in the community, the coronation ceremony continues in a Presbyterian Church (formerly the Church of Scotland), where the obong wears a crown and cape custom-made for the occasion in England.

Legit.ng gathers that two thrones are set side by side and he sits on one, while the second is left empty for the absent Queen of England (or a Bible placed on it).

The king's wife known wife sits behind him.

Queen Elizabeth calls off meeting

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Queen Elizabeth II postponed a meeting of her Privy Council advisory group after doctors advised her to rest, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday, the day after she appointed Liz Truss as Britain's new prime minister.

"After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors' advice to rest," the palace said in a statement released before the monarch's death.
"This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged."

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When Queen Elizabeth II Visited Nigeria

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By Toyosi Onabanjo

Queen Elizabeth II’s death on 8 September has occasioned many tributes but also many Twitter jokes, some of them about the late Queen’s cherished Pembroke Welsh corgis. Being a former Queen of Nigeria, it is expected that Nigerians have an opinion about the monarch who passed away aged 96 at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Thus far, the reactions have been mixed—many have hailed the Queen, the gospel singer Tope Alabi going as far as making a montage in veneration; some others have tweeted less than salubrious remarks. But at least all can agree that the Queen is one of the most important people in world history.

Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on 21 April 1926, she ascended the British throne in 1952, following the death of her father and former king, George VII. At only twenty-five years old, she became the queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: The United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). She was Nigeria’s constitutional monarch from 1960 until 1 October 1963 when Nigeria became a republic.

At the time of succeeding her father, the British Empire was on the cusp of its demise and many former British colonies were clamoring for independence, with Ghana attaining it in 1957 and Somalia and Nigeria both attaining theirs in 1960.

Elizabeth was crowned in 1953, a year after her father’s passing. As queen, one of her ceremonial duties included visiting the British colonies, to which Nigeria belonged. She visited Nigeria twice—in 1956 when Nigeria was a British colony and in 2003 when Nigeria was already a sovereign nation.

First Visit

Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Nigeria in 1956 happened three years after ascending the British throne. She landed in Nigeria’s former capital, Lagos, along with her entourage, among whom was her late husband, Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh. She was received by thousands at the airport. In that number was the then Governor-General of Nigeria, James Robertson; Festus Okotie-Eboh; and the then-Oba of Lagos, Adenji-Adele II . A twenty-eight-year-old Elizabeth wore a pink floral dress, a brimmed hat, and a pair of white opera gloves to match a white handbag. She was a picture of youth and royalty.

She spent twenty days in Nigeria, from 28 January to 16 February. In her husband’s company, she toured the country, visiting Kano, Kaduna, Enugu, among others.

She worshipped at the Cathedral Church of Christ in Marina, Lagos, an Anglican church founded by Reverend Samuel Ajayi Crowther and which during the Queen’s visit was under the provost Reverend A.W. Howells. During her visit, the Queen donated a chair to the cathedral.

While in Nigeria, the Queen commissioned the Nigerian painter and sculptor Ben Enwonwu to make a bronze sculpture of herself. The next year, she posed in London as Enwonwu banged metal against his imagination in order to bring an outsized version of the Queen to life. The sculpture was completed in 1957, and in November of the same year was presented at the Royal Society of British Artists exhibition in London.  

Second Visit

The second time Queen Elizabeth visited Nigeria, she was 76 years old. She retained the brimmed hat, but this time it nested wreaths of grey hair. The flower of youth had withered, but the royal grace endured. 

This time the Queen visited Abuja and was hosted by then-President Olusegun Obasanjo. She was in the country to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting—the 18th of its kind—that had representatives from 51 Commonwealth countries in attendance. 3 Commonwealth nations were not in attendance—the suspended Zimbabwe and Pakistan who were not invited, and Antigua and Barbuda who were not suspended but sent no representative.

The meeting garnered great media attention at the time. Discussed in the meeting was Zimbabwe’s controversial suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations. There was also a dispute over the re-election of the New Zealander Don McKinnon as Secretary General. 

The Queen was in Nigeria from December 3rd to December 6th.

In spite of the controversies that have tailed her public life and some negative remarks that have tailed her demise, the Queen leaves behind a rich legacy. Having reigned for 70 years and 214 days, Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving British monarch and the longest recorded of any female head of state. She was the second longest-reigning monarch in world history, only behind France’s Louis XXIV. Her death itself is symbolic. Having lived nearly a century, in which time she lived through major global political and cultural changes, her demise in many ways epitomizes the end of an era. Or two eras. Or three.

Queen Elizabeth II is succeeded by her eldest son, Charles III. 

Toyosi Onabanjo is a freelance technical and entertainment writer who lives in Lagos.

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Secret Detour Queen of England made During Nigerian State Visit Revealed

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A state visit from the Queen of England is a rare thing indeed, but it did happen when the current Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth paid a special visit to Nigeria for the first time on the 28th of January, 1956, four years to Nigeria’s independence.

She was greeted with a lot of fanfare and was greeted at the  Ikeja Airport, Lagos, with a military parade and by dignitaries such as the then Governor-General, Sir James Robertson, his wife, the Minister of Labour, Festus Okotie-Eboh and the Oba of Benin, Oba Akenzua II. She stayed for 20 days and was supposed to visit only Ibadan, Enugu and Kaduna as the regional capitals.

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What many never knew was that she made an unscheduled stop in Ijebu Ode.

This visit was for a special man. It was none other than Chief Timothy Adeola Odutola, the Ogbeni Oja, her father’s friend who usually wined and dined with the royals at Buckingham Palace.

Chief Odutola was one of the pioneers of Nigerian business. One of the richest men in Nigeria, he was also the first president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

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He was also responsible for establishing various factories in the country, spanning, the transport and food industry, He was also a member and later president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria in the early 70s.

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The Queen passed a night at Ijebu-Ode and Chief Odutola was forever remembered as a legend. He was dubbed “Eni ti Oba Obirin wa ki lati ilu Oyinbo” (The man the Queen came to Visit from the land of the Whites)

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Here's why Elizabeth was officially titled 'Queen of Nigeria'

The late Queen Elizabeth was officially designated as the Queen of Nigeria, here's the event that led to that title.

Queen Elizabeth during one of her visits to Nigeria. [Getty Images]

The world is currently mourning the demise of one of the most influential persons to ever walked the earth, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

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The 96-year-old monarch breathed her last on Thursday, September 8, 2022, after spending 70 years on the throne.

The deceased was the world's longest reigning monarch after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in 2016.

Elizabeth was an iconic monarch whose era witnessed the liberation of many countries from the grip of British colonisation to independence.

As Nigerians join Britain to mourn the Queen's passing, Pulse recalls a time when Elizabeth held the title of 'Queen of Nigeria' and the event that led to that title.

Nigeria's Independence: One of the sweetest memories the Elizabeth era brought to Nigerians was the nation's independence in 1960. Prior to that time, the colony and protectorate of Nigeria were being run by the British Empire which had Queen Elizabeth as the head.

On October 1, 1954, the British Empire designated the Federation of Nigeria, but it remained a quasi-federal British colony until it gained independence within the Commonwealth of Nations on October 1, 1960.

Nigeria's independence was pronounced by the Parliament of the United Kingdom's Nigeria Independence Act 1960. By this virtue, Nigeria was one of the realms of the Commonwealth that shared the same person as Sovereign and Head of State.

This implied that, even though Nigeria had been presented with the Freedom Charter in 1960, the British retained a significant influence in the nation's administration, which cuts across law-making and other important decisions.

Queen of Nigeria: As prescribed in the Nigeria Independence Act 1960, no British government minister could advise the sovereign on any matters pertaining to Nigeria, meaning the monarch only took advice solely from Nigerian Ministers.

On the advice of the then Prime Minister, Tafawa-Balewa , Queen Elizabeth appointed Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe , as President of the Nigerian senate and Governor-General and the latter represented Her Majesty in the Federation.

The monarch, the Senate, and the House of Representatives constituted the Parliament of Nigeria but all executive powers of Nigeria rested with the sovereign. All Nigerian bills required Royal assent which would be sought by the Governor-General.

The monarch held her sovereignty in virtue of her "Nigerian Crown", and acted on the advice of the Nigerian Government, which makes her the 'Queen of Nigeria.'

The change: The government of Nigeria was officially known as Her Majesty's Government. The system became so unpopular among Nigerians that all the political parties advocated for a change and agreed that the country should be a republic.

Elizabeth ceased to be the 'Queen of Nigeria' on October 1, 1963, when the Federation of Nigeria became the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II , the queen of England, has continued to generate a lot of wide-ranging reactions , more than any death I think the world has seen for some time.

Mourners from former British colonies, including our Naija presido, Muhammadu Buhari, have sent their condolences to the royal family following the monarch’s demise.

However, some people from Black and Irish backgrounds have distanced themselves from any condolences, saying the late queen ruled over an empire built on colonialism.

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A lot has been written and said about Queen Elizabeth; her life, marriage, tenure as the longest serving monarch in British history, etc. But do you know that her shoes also walked on Nigerian soil? Yep! The queen visited Nigeria, not once, but TWICE!

The first time the Queen visited Nigeria - 11 photos showing Queen Elizabeth II's visits to Nigeria - skabash

The first time was in 1956, when she visited as part of her royal tour to Commonwealth countries, from January 28 to February 16. During this period, she still had monarchical authority as the Head of State of Nigeria, since the country had not yet gained independence , and she was officially called the Queen of Nigeria.

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Her arrival, as expected, was full of fanfare; it was the queen, after all, and she was greeted by many dignitaries at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria’s former capital. Some of the people who met her included Festus Okotie-Eboh, the Minister of Labour and Welfare, and Sir James Robertson, the Governor-General, along with many government and traditional heads.

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Queen Elizabeth, during this visit, went on a royal tour of Lagos and many other places, including the North, where she visited the Sultan of Sokoto. She also visited Enugu, Jos, Kano and Kaduna.

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The picture above shows Her Majesty The Queen being presented a bouquet of flowers by Folashade Lawson, the 4-year-old daughter of Chief Adeyemi Lawson, who was the Chairman of the Lagos Town Council at the time.

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This shows Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip waving from an open Land Rover to a crowd of schoolchildren at a rally held at a racecourse in Ibadan, Nigeria, on 15th February 1956.

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Queen Elizabeth II also toured a children’s rally on the Kaduna Racecourse with Makaman Bida, (left), who pointed out wooden figures to Her Majesty, and the Sardauna of Sokoto (right) during the Royal visit to Nigeria on 3 February 1956.

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The second time that Queen Elizabeth II visited Nigeria was in 2003 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which took place from 3 – 6 December.

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Nigeria’s then-president, Olusegun Obasanjo , hosted the event in Abuja, where the queen came with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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The crisis in Zimbabwe over Secretary-General Don McKinnon’s re-election was the conflict during the Commonwealth meeting. Just before the gathering ended, Robert Mugabe declared that Zimbabwe was leaving the Commonwealth.

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The Queen in a carriage during the Nigerian State Visit with former President Ibrahim Babangida.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Africa: A long-standing relationship

  • Published 9 September 2022

The Queen dancing with former Ghanaian president Kwame Nkrumah

Queen Elizabeth II is said to have had a special place in her heart for Africa, and she was on the continent during some key moments in her life.

The then-Princess Elizabeth was lodging at the now-closed Treetops Hotel in a rural part of Kenya, surrounded by greenery, tall trees and wildlife, when her father, King George VI, died and she became Queen aged just 25.

During her 70-year reign she visited more than 20 African countries, and once jokingly remarked in front of a smiling Nelson Mandela that she had been to more of Africa than "almost anybody", prompting rapturous laughter from those around her.

The Queen had a warm personal relationship with Mandela - the South African icon who led the fight against white-minority rule in the country. His foundation expressed its sadness at her death, saying: "They also talked on the phone frequently, using their first names with each other as a sign of mutual respect as well as affection."

He even had a special name for the Queen, Motlalepula, which "literally means to come with rain", because her 1995 visit to the country during his presidency coincided with the country's best rainy season for years.

Having inherited a vast empire spanning the African continent upon becoming Queen, her reign saw all 14 African British colonies gain their independence, starting with Ghana in 1957.

And yet the Queen managed to maintain warm relations with them, partly through the creation of the successor organisation to the empire, the Commonwealth. In 1961, she was pictured dancing with Kwame Nkrumah, who led the campaign for Ghana's independence and became its first president.

Notably, the word empire was omitted during her coronation oath in 1953.

Now, leaders from across the continent have paid tribute to Britain's and parts of the Commonwealth's longest-serving monarch.

The president of the country where her journey as Queen started, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, mourned her passing in a statement, describing her as "a towering icon of selfless service to humanity and a key figurehead of not only the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations where Kenya is a distinguished member but the entire world".

The Queen at Treetops hotel

Although relations between Zimbabwe and the UK have been frosty for many years, prompting the late President Robert Mugabe to withdraw from the Commonwealth, his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa was quick to tweet that his "deepest condolences" were with the Royal Family and "the people of the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth".

The leader of Nigeria, the biggest of Britain's former colonies in Africa, Muhammadu Buhari wrote a long tribute to her on Twitter, saying he learnt of her death with "immense sadness".

"The story of modern Nigeria will never be complete without a chapter on Queen Elizabeth ll, a towering global personality and an outstanding leader. She dedicated her life to making her nation, the Commonwealth and the entire world a better place."

He also welcomed the ascension of His Majesty, King Charles III to the throne.

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And Ali Bongo, president of the newest member of the Commonwealth, Gabon, a former French colony which only joined the club in June, has also tweeted his condolences.

Despite the outpouring of condolences from the continent's leaders, some other Africans have spoken of their suffering under British rule, pointing out that much of the colonisation was done in the name of the royal family.

Some of Africa's own monarchs have also expressed their sadness. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi paid his respects on behalf of King Misuzulu KaZwelithini, the leader of South Africa's Zulu people. He highlighted his "treasured friendship" with King Charles III, sending personal condolences to him.

King Misuzulu is well placed to understand what King Charles is going through, as his own father, Zwelithini, died last year, after 50 years on the throne .

The Queen was on a tour to South Africa when she celebrated her 21st birthday in 1947. In a famous radio address from Cape Town, she dedicated her life to Commonwealth and said she felt "just as much at home" in South Africa as if she had lived there her whole life.

Renowned around the world for her ability to remain apolitical, but she made a strong statement in 1995, visiting South Africa just a year after Mandela became president ending the system of legalised racism known as apartheid.

She complimented the country on its progress: "You have become one nation whose spirit of reconciliation is a shining example to the world, and I have come back to see for myself what is little short of a miracle."

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How Queen of England Set Enugu Stadium Alight After Watching Igbakwu Dance During Her Visit to Nigeria

  • Queen Elizabeth II was in Nigeria in 1956 when she toured the country along with the Duke of Edinburgh
  • Her majesty spent 20 days in her former colony as she was celebrated amid fanfare and Nigerian culture
  • She was driven in a Rolls Royce and made a stopover at the famous Enugu Stadium on February 7 of that year

The Queen of England was in Nigeria in 1956 when she toured the country as she also made a stop at the famous Enugu Stadium.

Nigerians join the rest of the world to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England, who died on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96.

The monarch visited Nigeria twice, in 1956 during the colonial period and in 2003 as an independent nation.

Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, Enugu Stadium

She spent 20 days during her first visit as she landed in the West African nation along with Prince Phillips, staying in the country from January 28 to February 16 of that year.

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Independent Ng reports that her arrival was greeted with a lot of fanfare as dignitaries, including the then Minister for Labour and Welfare at the time, Festus Okotie-Eboh and Governor-General Sir James Robertson, welcomed her.

She was driven around in a Rolls Royce in Lagos and also spent time in Jos, Enugu, Kano and Kaduna.

During her time in Enugu, Nigerian women, wearing feathered headdresses and traditional costumes, performed at the Stadium.

The dancers, who hail from Orlu, Owerri province, entertained her on February 7, 1956, and she was delighted.

Nigeria gained independence on October 1, 1960.

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Meanwhile, two-time former world boxing heavyweight champion met with the Queen of England and gave an inspiring speech during Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in 2020.

The Royal Family announced that the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2022, and that the King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral and will return to London on Friday.

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It is a time to reflect on the life and times of the late Monarch as former world champion Anthony Joshua, who proudly also represents his Nigerian background, was chosen to give a reflection at Westminster Abbey.

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Sports Brief earlier reported that a heartwarming video of Queen Elizabeth II meeting Arsenal players has popped up on social media following her demise.

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King Charles diagnosed with cancer

Ki ng Charles III , 75, has been diagnosed with cancer and will be avoiding public events after being advised by his doctors to minimize in-person contacts, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.

The announcement marks a striking departure from the past, when monarch's ailments were often hidden from the public, according to royal experts.

" During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted," the palace said in an emailed statement. "Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer ."

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The statement also did not specify what stage the cancer was found.

Separately, Buckingham Palace said Charles did not have prostate cancer .

The news comes a week after both Kate and King Charles were discharged from a private London clinic after medical procedures. The king  underwent a “corrective procedure” for an enlarged prostate , while Kate, 42, had unspecified abdominal surgery on Jan. 17.

“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties,” the statement added.  

According to the statement, the king wanted to share his diagnosis in part to avoid speculation on his condition but also “in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”

Before becoming king, Charles served as patron to a number of cancer-related charities, and “in this capacity, His Majesty has often spoken publicly in support of cancer patients, their loved ones and the wonderful health professionals who help care for them,” according to Buckingham Palace.

No further details are being shared about his treatment or prognosis, a palace spokesperson said, but the king returned to London on Monday to begin out-patient care.

Sarah Gristwood, a royal biographer and historian, said it was “striking” that the diagnosis was announced at all given the royal family’s history of trying to “keep any sign of ordinary human fallibility behind closed doors.”

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“When Charles’ grandfather, George VI, was very gravely ill, the severity of his condition was kept not only from the public but from the patient himself,” Gristwood said of King George, who died in 1952. “Those were the attitudes of the time. Happily, things have now changed.”

Charles ascended the throne last May in a coronation ceremony held months after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Elizabeth reigned until her death at the age of 96 in September 2022 . She was Britain's longest-reigning monarch, with 70 years on the throne.

Kate is still in recovery, but her husband, William, Prince of Wales, is set to return to his royal duties by attending the London’s Air Ambulance Charity Gala Dinner on Wednesday.

Kensington Palace previously said the Princess of Wales is unlikely to return to her royal duties before Easter, March 31. There was no date specified for the king’s return to duties.

Buckingham Palace noted that many of the king's planned engagements will have to be postponed or canceled, apologizing in advance to anyone inconvenienced as a result. Charles' wife, Queen Camilla, will continue with her full public duties as he undergoes treatment.

Buckingham Palace has also emphasized there no counsellors of state will be appointed, a sign that the king will continue to perform his duties, said Craig Prescott, who teaches law at Royal Holloway, University of London, and specializes in the constitutional side of the monarchy.

“If the king is unavailable due to illness or is traveling overseas, then counsellors of state can be appointed to fill in for the king and undertake the formal, constitutional functions of the monarch: things like granting the royal assent to legislation, and go through his red boxes,” Prescott said.

A source close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, told NBC News that Harry spoke to his father about the diagnosis.

"He will be traveling to the U.K. to see His Majesty in the coming days," the source said.

Harry stepped down from his role as a senior member of the royal family in 2020 and has since taken up residence in California with his wife and two children. He has visited Britain sparingly in recent years, expressing concerns over the lack of security for his family and amid reports of a widening rift with his father and brother William.

He was in attendance for both his grandmother's funeral and his father's coronation.

Doha Madani is a senior breaking news reporter for NBC News. Pronouns: she/her.

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FILE - Britain's Prince William and Britain's Prince Harry walk beside each other after viewing the floral tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II outside Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England on Sept. 10, 2022. Prince Harry flew more than 5,000 miles to see his father after King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer. But he did not see his estranged brother, William, during a visit that lasted scarcely 24 hours. William, meanwhile, returned to public duties for the first time since his wife, Kate, was admitted to a London hospital Jan. 16 for abdominal surgery. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

FILE - Britain’s Prince William and Britain’s Prince Harry walk beside each other after viewing the floral tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II outside Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England on Sept. 10, 2022. Prince Harry flew more than 5,000 miles to see his father after King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer. But he did not see his estranged brother, William, during a visit that lasted scarcely 24 hours. William, meanwhile, returned to public duties for the first time since his wife, Kate, was admitted to a London hospital Jan. 16 for abdominal surgery. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

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FILE - Britain’s Prince William, left, and Britain’s Prince Harry speak after viewing the floral tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II outside Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England on Sept. 10, 2022. Prince Harry flew more than 5,000 miles to see his father after King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer. But he did not see his estranged brother, William, during a visit that lasted scarcely 24 hours. William, meanwhile, returned to public duties for the first time since his wife, Kate, was admitted to a London hospital Jan. 16 for abdominal surgery. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

A convoy of cars believed to be carrying Prince Harry arrive at Clarence House following the announcement of King Charles III’s cancer diagnosis, in London, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. Buckingham Palace announced Monday evening that the king has begun outpatient treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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FILE - From left, Prince William, the Duke of Gloucester, King Charles III, Prince Harry, Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, London on Sept. 14, 2022. Prince Harry flew more than 5,000 miles to see his father after King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer. But he did not see his estranged brother, William, during a visit that lasted scarcely 24 hours. William, meanwhile, returned to public duties for the first time since his wife, Kate, was admitted to a London hospital Jan. 16 for abdominal surgery. (Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via AP, File)

FILE - Britain’s Prince William, second left, Kate, Princess of Wales, left, Britain’s Prince Harry, second right, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex view the floral tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II outside Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England on Sept. 10, 2022. Prince Harry flew more than 5,000 miles to see his father after King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer. But he did not see his estranged brother, William, during a visit that lasted scarcely 24 hours. William, meanwhile, returned to public duties for the first time since his wife, Kate, was admitted to a London hospital Jan. 16 for abdominal surgery. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

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LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry flew more than 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) to see his father after King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer . But Harry did not see his estranged brother, William, during a visit that lasted scarcely 24 hours.

The royal brothers remain emotionally and physically an ocean apart.

British media published photos of Harry at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday afternoon, just a day after he arrived at the same airport on a flight from Los Angeles.

He appeared headed back to life in California after a U.K. visit in which he spent less than an hour with his father at Clarence House, the king’s London home. Any meeting between the brothers would typically be confirmed by palace officials.

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William, meanwhile, returned to public duties for the first time since his wife, Kate, was admitted to a London hospital on Jan. 16 for abdominal surgery. She spent almost two weeks at the private London Clinic and is recovering at home. William handed out medals to notables and local heroes at a Windsor Castle ceremony in the morning and was due to attend a charity dinner on Wednesday evening for London’s air ambulance service.

Images from the day are more grist for the popular British media tropes: dutiful William, flyaway Harry.

Behind that simplistic summary are two royal brothers — bonded in bereavement by the death of their mother, Princess Diana, when William was 15 and Harry was 12 — whose paths have diverged dramatically.

While William, the heir, was destined from birth to be king, Harry, who is fifth in line to the throne behind his brother and William’s three children, has often appeared to struggle with the more ambiguous role of “spare.”

He chose “Spare” as the title of his 2023 memoir , which recounted a lifetime of sibling grievances — from William getting the bigger bedroom at Balmoral Castle to a ferocious argument in which Harry claims William ripped his necklace and knocked him down onto a dog bowl.

In the book, Harry alleged that the British media treated him and his wife, Meghan — also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — as villains compared with virtuous William and Kate, and accused palace officials of lying to protect his elder brother.

The Sussexes cited the media’s racist treatment of Meghan, who is biracial, and a lack of support from the palace as reasons for their decision in 2020 to quit royal duties and move to the U.S.

In an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, the couple portrayed the royal family as indifferent to Meghan’s mental health struggles, and suggested an unnamed family member had made a racist comment to Harry before the birth of their son, Archie. Harry described his relationship with William as “space at the moment.”

The brothers’ interactions since then have been formal, and brief. They were seen temporarily putting their fraught relationship aside to attend the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in 2021. The pair did not walk side-by-side behind Philip’s coffin, but were pictured chatting and walking together after the service.

In September 2022 the brothers walked side-by-side behind the coffin of their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II before she lay in state. William later said it had evoked memories of doing the same at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.

Harry traveled to the U.K. for his father’s coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in May. He was assigned to sit two rows behind his brother, arrived at the abbey alone and left alone. The brothers were not seen speaking or even acknowledging each other.

Harry’s campaign to tame Britain’s tabloid press has also placed him at odds with his relatives. He broke from the royal family tradition of not engaging in litigation by filing several lawsuits against the news media for hacking his phone and other privacy violations.

Harry claimed in court filings that Charles had directed palace staff to order him to drop his litigation because it was bad for the family. He also said William had secretly settled his own hacking claims against Rupert Murdoch’s publications for a “huge sum of money” in 2020.

In “Spare,” Harry claims that their father implored them after Philip’s funeral: “Please, boys — don’t make my final years a misery.”

Royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith said rifts within the royal family would take more than a single visit to heal.

“I don’t think we should engage in too much magical thinking about this,” said Bedell Smith, author of “Prince Charles: Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.”

“There are some very, very deep, hurts (Harry) has inflicted on the family,” she said. But, she added: “King Charles, by nature, he wants to heal not only the world, but I think his impulse would be to try and heal the family.”

Associated Press writers Brian Melley and Sylvia Hui contributed to this story.

This story has been corrected to reflect that Harry’s visit for his father’s coronation was not his last trip to the U.K.

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King Charles cancer latest: King seen for first time since cancer diagnosis; William and Harry have no plans to meet

King Charles and Queen Camilla have been spotted for the first time since his cancer diagnosis was disclosed. They have now left London - after a visit from Prince Harry - by helicopter for Sandringham.

Wednesday 7 February 2024 13:22, UK

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We're pausing our coverage of the King's health news for now - thanks for following along.

You can scroll through the blog below to catch up on the key updates, as the monarch resides at his Norfolk home after stepping back from public duties following his cancer diagnosis.

The meeting between the King and Prince Harry today lasted for around 45 minutes, says our royal correspondent Laura Bundock .

The Duke of Sussex landed at Heathrow earlier after an overnight flight from California and travelled to Clarence House to see his father.

It was a "notable moment", says Bundock.

"A royal reunion, but perhaps not a great reconciliation.

 "Although, I think the fact that Prince Harry had to travel for thousands of miles for that 45-minute meeting - and bear in mind the two haven't spoken in person for months - means it was significant. 

"It was an important moment."

With no plans for Prince William to meet Harry while he is in the UK, "for now, the focus is very much on the King's health", Bundock adds.

"Those red boxes will be delivered here to this remote base of West Norfolk. 

"But I think we are now facing a new reality, a moment of change, a moment of uncertainty, where the only certainty is the fact that things will be different and we won't be seeing much of the King in the coming weeks."

By Ben van der Merwe, Daniel Dunford and Saywah Mahmood, data journalists

King Charles has started cancer treatment, around a week after being diagnosed while in hospital for a procedure on an enlarged prostate.

Many of those relying on the NHS for cancer care can be waiting far longer for tests and treatment.

The Palace has said that the King does not have prostate cancer, the most common kind of cancer among men of his age.

Fatality rates for cancers among older men vary significantly. While 95% of men over 75 diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within five years of their diagnosis, just 36% of those diagnosed with prostate cancer do so.

Almost three in every 10 people (29%) referred by their GP are forced to wait more than four weeks to receive their diagnosis. More than a third (35%) only start treatment more than two months after first being referred.

Read more from our data and forensics team here...

The leader of the Reform UK party says he booked himself in for an "annual check-up" today after the King's health news yesterday.

Richard Tice told Politics Hub With Sophy Ridge he'd "semi-forgotten" to make the booking until the announcement from Buckingham Palace.

"The benefit of the King sharing this information is it reminds people we've got to get checked up - so I booked in for my annual check-up today," he said.

The Ukrainian president is the latest in a string of world leaders sending messages of support to the King.

In a post to X, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: "On behalf of the Ukrainian people, I wish to convey words of support and wishes for a speedy recovery to His Royal Majesty King Charles III. 

"We remember Your Majesty's attention and genuine compassion for Ukraine and Ukrainians, and we highly value it. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Your Majesty, the Royal Family, and the British people."

The King received his shock cancer diagnosis while undergoing separate treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The diagnosis will see him step back from public engagements for a time - but whose job is it to keep the monarchy fit and healthy?

The King "famously doesn't have lunch", and is "particular about his food". He has also been open about his support for complementary therapies in the past.

Here we've taken a look inside his top medical team - including a doctor criticised for his support for faith healing and herbalism...

The House of Lords has sent well wishes to the King.

Lord Speaker Lord McFall of Alcluith opened today's session in the upper chamber by saying: "I know we were all sorry to hear news of His Majesty the King's illness.

"I am sure the thoughts of the whole House are with the King and his family, and we look forward to His Majesty's full return to public duties in due course."

The minister of the church attended by royals on trips to Scotland has said the King is in the community's thoughts.

Rev Ken MacKenzie, minister of Crathie Kirk, near the Balmoral estate, said the King is "very well-known and liked" in the community.

"Many people in the parish have got to know the King over many years and are concerned for him," he said.

"We are glad that his treatment is under way and hope and pray that all will be well with him.

"King Charles lives a busy life and I hope that he enjoys a quieter time over the coming months while he recuperates.

"All of us want to pass on our very best wishes and assure him that we are holding him in our prayers as well as other members of the royal family."

Mr MacKenzie, who is minister of the Parish of Braemar and Crathie in Aberdeenshire and a Domestic Chaplain to the King, praised the King for publicly announcing his diagnosis.

He said: "Speaking out this way is a gracious and humble thing to do, hats off to him, and I am sure it will prove to be very helpful to other people."

The King has had to step back from public-facing duties as he undergoes cancer treatment.

We're now expecting to see his siblings and his children rally around to do what they can to help him.

But how will Buckingham Palace ensure the King stays visible to the public - and will we see more of Prince William?

Our royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills explains...

The King is understood to be at Sandringham today on the anniversary of the death of his grandfather, who died at the royal estate 72 years ago.

King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II, died on 6 February 1952 at the age of 56.

He passed away in his sleep at Sandringham after suffering from lung cancer.

After his death his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, became Queen at the age of 25.

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According to the Telegraph , Harry “preferred not to be in the same room with his stepmother when he spoke to the King about his cancer diagnosis.”

Harry has been at odds with Queen Camilla for years, but he kiiinda went all in during the promotion of his book Spare after he described her as “dangerous” and a “villain” in a 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper :

“She was the villain, she was a third person in the marriage, she needed to rehabilitate her image,” the Duke of Sussex said. “The need for her to rehabilitate her image, that made her dangerous because of the connections that she was forging within the British press. And there was open willingness on both sides to trade information and with a family built on hierarchy, and with her on the way to being Queen Consort, there was going to be people or bodies left in the street because of that.”

Meanwhile, an Us Weekly source said the following about the sitch back in January 2023: “Charles is distraught. He’s angry and outraged that Harry’s aired so many embarrassing and damaging assertions, and it’s put him in a terrible position with [Queen Consort] Camilla of course now that she’s been dragged into the equation. That’s really crossed the line in more ways than one, but there are so many egregious comments and revelations from Harry that his father doesn’t know where to start. He has hope that in time the dust will settle and Harry will soften his heart toward his family, at least he hopes so. But he’s not going to push or apologize.”

So yeah...Harry and Camilla have a lot of history!

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