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Y3045E Ugandan envoys to England
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Y3045G Kabaka Daudi Chwa and Regents
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Y3045I Visit of the Duke and Duchess of York to Uganda 1925
Y3045J Coronation of Kabaka Mutesa II (King Freddie of Uganda), Budo, 1940
Y3045K General photographs of Uganda
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Y3045M Budo Educational Conference
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Coronation of Kabaka Mutesa II (King Freddie of Uganda), Budo, 1940

Title Coronation of Kabaka Mutesa II (King Freddie of Uganda), Budo, 1940
Reference GBR/0115/Y3045J
Creator Information Officer of the East African Command
Covering Dates 1940
Extent and Medium 1 image; Fair condition, a few slight bends and some retouching.
Repository Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library
Content and context

One loose print measuring 204 x 150 mm, showing Kabaka Edward Frederick Mutesa II seated on a throne wearing his coronation robes and the crown which the Rt, Revd. Cyril Edgar Stuart (1892 - ?), Bishop of Uganda 1934-53, has just placed on his head:

'Finally, dressed in the royal robes, which had been designed for the occasion and were splendidly golden, if a little heavy, I returned to the Church and received the crown and ring of Buganda from Bishop Stuart. Although it had been specially made for me, the crown was a little too small. The Bishop told me later that he had not liked to jam it down too firmly on my head and had suffered acutely as it wobbled precariously. I dread to think what effect it would have had on the Baganda if it had fallen...' ('Desecration of my kingdom' by the Kabaka of Buganda, 1967).

Mutesa II (1924-1969), the son of Daudi Chwa, was crowned in 1940. Fearing for the position of Buganda in a united Uganda he refused to cooperate with British proposals aimed towards this end and spent from 1953-1955 in exile in England. On his return, he soon renewed demands for Ganda secession and entered into an alliance with Milton Obote, becoming the first President of modern Uganda when a republic was declared in 1963. The alliance with Obote was short-lived however, and in 1966 King Freddie was ousted, again coming to England where he died in poverty in 1969.

Supplied by the Information Officer of the East African Command and presented to The Royal Empire Society by R.L.W. Collison.

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Please cite as Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Coronation of Kabaka Mutesa II (King Freddie of Uganda), Budo, 1940, Y3045J

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Indexed

This collection level description was entered by WS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

CN 1314. This collection is also available on microfiche: Africa, fiche number 71.

Index Terms
Africa
Uganda
Mutesa II (1924-1969) Kabaka of Buganda
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