The King and Queen rounded off their state visit to Kenya by visiting one of its most iconic monuments – and gamely posing in a Tuk Tuk.
The couple had hoped to arrive in the equally iconic local vehicle, but torrential rain scuppered that plan.
Instead Charles and Camilla posed with the eco-friendly electric vehicle outside Fort Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, gamely hopping inside after the seats were carefully wiped down for them.
‘Maybe we can use this to get to the airport,’ joked King Charles.
He laughed loudly when reporters said they would race him.
During her visit to The Situation Room, volunteers and staff (pictured) invited Queen Camilla (pictured) to dance with them
Told that the vehicle can reach speeds of up to 60kph, the couple widened their eyes and giggled – especially as their driver, Eunice Karanja, accidentally started the vehicle slightly.
The tuk-tuk – a widely used form of urban transport in Mombasa – is so named to mimic the sound of a small two-cycle engine.
But unlike the old models the new the electric alternatives offer a smoother ride with minimal noise.
This one had been covered with a traditional Kenyan print design and ‘GREAT’ branding, an international campaign to highlight the best of Britain.
Inside the fort the couple vainly held brollies up to ward off the weather, Queen Camilla – wearing a Fiona Clare print dress – shrugging her shoulders and smiling at the chaos.
Built on a spur of coral rock by Portuguese settlers in the late 16th Century to protect the port of Mombassa, Fort Jesus is one of the most magnificent structures of its kind.
Their Majesties stopped on the fort’s coral steps to hear about its rich architectural history from Principal Curator, Dr Fatma Twahir.
After the Portuguese, the Fort was held by Oman from 1631 and Britain from 1875, as a stronghold to safeguard their interests along the East African Swahili coast.
The King and Queen sat in an electric tuktuk with a driver from the British High Commission during a visit to Fort Jesus
Charles and Camilla toured Fort Jesus to learn about the British, Portuguese and Omani influence on the fort’s architecture
Gloomy skies took over Moi International Airport in Mombasa as the King and Queen departed Kenya
The King and President of Kenya, William Ruto, appeared in deep conversation as Charles readied for his flight back
Charles shielded from the rain with an umbrella as he walked up to the plane before departing today
He hid away from the rain as him and Camilla concluded their trip to Kenya – after taking in the sites at Mombasa today
The royals chatted with officials before they made their way to the plane, to travel back home today
In 1895, the British converted the fort into a prison, before it was turned into an historic monument and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
The King, walked along the harbour-facing wall to a vantage point overlooking the ocean, to appreciate the strategic positioning of the Fort, while his wife browsed at local handicraft stalls.
His Majesty heard about the impact of climate change on the Fort, and the strategies that have been implemented to mitigate associated risks.
The King and Queen also met local creatives who, with UK support, are preserving local cultural practices for future generations – and admired a dance troupe.
The event rounded off a highly successful four-day state visit to Kenya, the king’s first trip to a Commonwealth nation since his accession.
Earlier the Queen put on her dancing shoes as she showed support for volunteers and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Camilla, 76, joined in with the Sauti Ya Wanawake (the Voice of Women) at the Situation Room in Mombasa, a centre supporting volunteers and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
The group were singing songs about the power and importance of women in society.
Camilla shuffled her feet and smiled as the women held her hands up in the air singing and chanting traditional African songs.
Beldine Otieno, from Sauti Ya Wanawake, said: ‘We were singing about women having responsibility for the family.
‘We were praising women and our visitor. A woman is very important in the community
‘She has brought development and education.
‘She is the backbone of the society.
‘We are very grateful to her coming in
‘Without women, we think society is not complete.
‘And lastly we sang the woman is a flower’
Asked about her impromptu dancing, Beldine said: ‘She is very nice, lovely. I didn’t know she could dance like that. We felt she is warm. She is a credit to women.’
Camilla had early heard the shocking statistic that 40 per cent of Kenyan women suffer abuse in their lifetime.
The Queen was told she was helping to ‘break barriers’ in Kenya against the stigma of gender-based violence.
She was presented with several brightly decorated Swahili shawls called a Leso, with inspiring messages.
One read in Swahili: ‘We are grateful for love Queen has shown us and we are happy.’
The other read: ‘Let us keep the unity of love’
The shawls are used to protect women and cover if they are menstruating or even having a baby.
The royals looked impressed as they took in the UNESCO World heritage site during their visit today
The royal couple appeared excited to ride around in an electric rickshaw during day four of their visit
The King was left in stitches as he attended an interfaith meeting at Mombasa Memorial Cathedral in Mombasa
Millicent Odhiambo, treasurer of Sauti Ya Wanawake (the Voice of Women), said: ‘The Queen’s presence is a wonderful symbol of support for African women.
‘We gave these gifts. Most women have a Lasso in their bag or over their shoulder or around their neck waist if they need to sit down with no chair, or cover up when menstruating or even having a baby. It surrounds the body and protects women.’
Jacqueline Mbogo, chief of party of Tetratech REINVENT programme, said: ‘We would love the Queen to see the efforts that Kenya is making to address and mitigate violence against women, girls and men.
‘We are breaking barriers here. We know about the Queen’s work on gender-based violence in the UK and hope that this is a meeting of minds as she is very passionate and we equally are very passionate and hope for exchange of ideas and thoughts.’
The royal couple were pictured battling torrential rain as they made their way to appointments in Mombasa this morning, during their official visit to Kenya.
Punctuating the sound of the lashing rain were cries of ‘long live the King’ from crowds who had gathered to see the couple, making the trip reminiscent of their recent trip to Paris.
Charles and Camilla were visiting Kenya for four days at the invitation of Kenyan President William Ruto, to celebrate the relationship between the two countries.
The visit comes as Kenya prepares to commemorate 60 years of independence.
In Monbasa, the King visited Mandhry Mosque in the old town, which was founded in 1570 and is East Africa’s oldest mosque.
Meanwhile, his wife visited Sauti Ya Wanawake (the voice of women) at the Situation Room.
The Situation Room is a one stop shop for survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), providing services ranging from advice and advocacy to counselling and therapy.
There, the Queen – who is known for her advocacy work when it comes to gender-based violence – is thought to have met with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and learnt about how the centre is working to help these survivors.
The important appointment also saw the royal meet with a psychosocial support group, where she was briefed on the psychosocial therapy support services provided by the organisation.
Among its important work, the Situation Room also offers ‘survivor kit’s, which are provided by volunteers.
These kits include self care and essential products like sanitary protection, shawls, toys, soap, snacks and other grooming items.
She also learnt how art therapy is used as a form of counselling, and can positively impact child survivors of domestic abuse, and how their drawings can be employed as evidence during judicial processes to bring perpetrators to account.
Meanwhile, the King’s visit to the Mosque was delayed by the wet weather, shortening the trip to just five minutes, before he dashed out in time for the Sheikh to begin the sacred twelve o’clock prayers.
Camilla was in high spirits as she danced with volunteers and staff from Sauti Ya Wanawake (the voice of women) at the Situation Room
The Queen was delighted to join in with the dancing as she spoke with volunteers on day four of the visit
She raised her hands joyfully, joining in with the other volunteers as the mood turned festive today
The royal held hands with women as she visited staff and volunteers at the Situation Room in Kenya today
The queen held onto other women as they all joined in with the dancing during today’s engagements
Camilla danced with volunteers and staff from Sauti Ya Wanawake (the voice of women) at the Situation Room
Camilla spoke with a woman at the Situation Room – a one-stop shop for survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)
The royal was taught about the importance of art therapy as a form of counselling for child survivors of domestic abuse
Camilla was shown survivor kits that volunteers provide – self care packages that include sanitary products, shawls, toys, soap, snacks and other grooming items
The royal appeared impressed as she saw just how much the Situation Room does to provide support
The Queen met a psychosocial support group and was briefed on psychosocial therapy support services
Camilla appeared in deep conversation with the Situation Room staff and volunteers during her visit
The Queen was all smiles as she heard about the important work being done by the organisation today
King Charles was visiting Mandhry Mosque in Mombasa old town, which was founded in 1570 and is East Africa’s oldest mosque.
Young onlookers shouted and waved from nearby balconies, with repeated calls of: ‘Long live the King.’
Charles then went inside the mosque to hear about the mosque’s interfaith dialogue work.
It is part of the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics Trust (CICC), which works to maintain peace between religions.
He was met by the mosque’s committee chairperson, Sheikh Ali Said Al-Mandhry, whose family founded the mosque.
He said afterwards: ‘It was wonderful to meet the King. He is a very down to earth person.
‘We talked about how to help the children and improve things for their future.’
The King also met the CICC Mombasa Chair Sheikh Mahamud Abdillahi Mahamud, the Governor of Mombasa County, His Excellency Abdullswamad Sheriff Nassir, and a young religious leader, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Muadhan.
King Charles III earlier today arrived for a visit to Al-Mandhry at Mahandry Mosque in Mombasa
As he made his way to his engagement at Mandhry Mosque today, King Charles was greeted with cries of ‘long live the King’
Charles met with members of the public during a visit to Mandhry Mosque in Mombasa County today
The King heard about the significance of the contribution of the Mosque as a religious site today
Charles shook hands with members of the public as he greeted well-wishers during the tour roday
The King appeared delighted as he greeted people at the Mosque earlier today, sporting a chic grey suit
Chairperson of the Mandhry Mosque Committee Babu Ali Said walked with King Charles during today’s visit
Charles looked to be very engaged in conversation as he enjoyed learning about interfaith dialogue today
Mandhry Mosque, which is minutes from the old port, was originally a worship centre for merchants that brought together travellers from around the world
The King was given a quick tour of the mosque, where he viewed artefacts including a portion of the original door installed in the 16th century, and a hand- written copy of the Quran.
Mandhry Mosque, which is minutes from the old port, was originally a worship centre for merchants that brought together travellers from around the world.
While speaking today, the King told religious leaders working to promote peace on the Kenyan coastline how everyone was trying to find a path to the ‘divine’.
Charles sat down with faith leaders to hear how they have joined forces to tackle a range of issues in their communities in the Mombasa area.
The king was welcomed to a gathering of the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics (CICC) meeting at Mombasa Memorial Cathedral.
The clerics are from organisations that represent Christianity, Hindu, Muslim and African traditional faiths working together to tackle pressing issues in the region.
For more than two decades the CICC has been working in the areas of peacebuilding, child protection, preventing and countering violent extremism and public participation and governance.
Camilla was effortlessly elegant in a simple colourful dress as she arrived at the Situation Room today
The Queen grinned at the camera as she took shelter under an umbrella during today’s visit in Mombasa
The royal was snapped smiling as she battled the rain en route to her appointment. Advocating for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence is one of the Queen’s key interests
After a female evangelical minister described, how clerics from other faiths attended her ordination and blessed her, the King said: ‘We’re all trying to find the same path to to the divine – sometimes by different routes.’
The king also asked about the work the CICC to mitigate election violence when Kenyans went to the polls last year and was told about the work to limit conflict.
After a brief break in the torrential rain that had battered the Kenyan coast for 24 hours, the King and Queen departed drenched Mombasa with a ceremonial goodbye.
After arriving at the Moi International Airport the royals met The President and First Lady of the Kenya before proceeding through a Guard of Honour with and the Commander of the Kenya Defence Forces and Major General Jimson Mutai, giving a salute.
Charles and Camilla kept their cool despite the humid temperature and chaotic scrum from local media attempting to capture a final snap of the royal couple before they boarded the RAF Voyager and waved goodbye to their hosts.