Publicity surrounding Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the recent death of her husband Prince Philip triggered memories of my stay at Treetops, a famous Kenyan hotel built within a monster tree beside a favorite East Africa animal watering hole. In 1952, while a Treetops guest, Elizabeth learned of her father’s death, and her ascendancy to Queen at 25 years old.

Accounts vary in how she was told, but they generally indicate that someone told Philip first, then he told his wife.

Janice Law is a columnist for The Daily News. Have a travel question? Email judgejanicelaw@yahoo.com.

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