1920’s East Africa– “A ROYAL WEDDING GIFT”
With many people waiting for the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, it seemed appropriate to examine an historical royal wedding and how it affected the good folk of Nairobi.
On February 28, 1922, Princess Mary wed Henry Charles George, the Viscount Lascalle’s. Even though this wedding was taking place on another continent, the good colonists in Kenya Colony wanted to show their support with a gift.
A substantial fund was raised in Kenya Colony by the East Africa Women’s League for a wedding gift and the donor list was printed in the Febr. 18, 1922 issue of The Leader of British East Africa. The reader will note that Jade del Cameron and Beverly Dunbury’s own Girl Guides who featured so prominently in The Crocodile’s Last Embrace, contributed over 16 florins.
Of course, it was Lady Northey who “suggested” the suitable gift for the bride. At her request, a “Lamu chest” was purchased. Lamu was one of the oldest towns in East Africa and began as a Swahili town along the eastern coast. Because of the towns antiquity and heritage as a trading port, Lady Northey felt a chest purchased from there “would be characteristic of the country.” The chest was purchased from “the Liwah Sheikh Ali Bin Salim for under 100 pounds."
(Headline and text taken from The Leader of British East Africa, February 18, 1922)
By the way, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace received a starred review by Publishers’ Weekly who called it “rip-roaring.” Romantic Times gave it 4 Stars and called it “Enormously fun” and Library Journal’s starred review stated “Do not miss this one.”
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NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, Treasure of the Golden Cheetah and THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda and on facebook to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-Arruda-Mystery-Writer/165784103431688?ref=ts