Monarchy of Kenya

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Monarchy of Kenya
Former Monarchy
Coat of arms of Kenya.svg
Coat of Arms of Kenya
Queen Elizabeth II - 1953-Dress.JPG
Queen Elizabeth II of Kenya
First monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Last monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Style Her Majesty
Official residence United Kingdom United Kingdom
Buckingham Palace
Kenya (Commonwealth realm) Kenya
Government House
Appointer Hereditary
Monarchy began 12 December 1963
Monarchy ended 12 December 1964

The Monarchy of Kenya (the Kenyan monarchy) was the system of government in which a hereditary monarch was the sovereign of Kenya from 1963 to 1964. Kenya shared the Sovereign with the other Commonwealth realms. The monarch's constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the Governor-General of Kenya. The royal succession was governed by the English Act of Settlement of 1701.

The monarchy was abolished in 1964, when Kenya became a republic within the Commonwealth.


The Monarchy of Kenya was created by the Kenya Independence Act 1963 which combined the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya into the independent sovereign constitutional monarchy of Kenya. Kenya adopted a new constitution in 1964 which abolished the monarchy.

List of monarchs[edit]

House of Windsor
Portrait Name Birth Death Monarch from Monarch until Consort Heir apparent
Elizabeth II greets NASA GSFC employees, May 8, 2007 edit.jpg Queen Elizabeth II 21 April 1926 12 December 1963 12 December 1964 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Charles, Prince of Wales


Elizabeth II
12 December 1963 – 1963/64
By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith
1963/64 – 12 December 1964
By the Grace of God, Queen of Kenya and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth


  • 1952 (6 February)
  • 1972 (26 March)
  • 1983 (10–14 November)
  • 1991 (7 October)

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