Prince George’s Special Gift from Kenyan Tribal Elders
Little Prince George has been honored with a deeply significant and special present: a fattened black bull and goat.
The gift, from the Samburu community in Kenya, is especially poignant for his parents,Prince William and Kate, as the bull will now grow up in Lewa, where they enjoyed a safari holiday at the time of their engagement in 2010.
Discussions have taken place with local cultural leaders and the bull will be used to start a royal herd. Four heifers will go with the bull, and the Northern Rangelands Trust has agreed to keep this nucleus herd on Lewa.
The gift was bequeathed at a Samburu ceremony on Nov. 21 in Wamba, where traditional blessings were made by elders and special dances were performed by women who celebrate the birth of a newborn child. The British high commissioner, Dr. Christian Turner, traveled to Wamba on William and Kate’s behalf to witness the ceremony.
In addition to the bull and goat gifts for Prince George, other gifts received by Dr.Turner on behalf of William and Kate included a map of Samburu, a cup for William and a necklace for Kate. In return Dr.Turner presented the Samburu people with a framed thank you letter from Prince William.
The message from William to the Samburu community says:
"Kwa niaba ya kijana wetu, George, Catherine na Mimi ningependa kuwashukuru nyote sana sana kwa kujitolea kwenu, ukarimu wenu na pia kwa zawadi zenu. [On behalf of our son George, Catherine and I would like to thank you all so very much for the extraordinary honour and generosity of your gifts.]
"I remember my time with you, the Samburu, with immense happiness and I could not be more grateful to you all for this kindness. It brings me great pride and joy to know that George’s ‘pension’ will be herded on a land that we love and care deeply for. We only hope that one day, he will be able to come and see them for himself.
"Please accept our immense and deep thanks on this special occasion.