30th September 1966 Botswana gained independence

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Botswana became independent within the Commonwealth on this day in 1966.

The film “A United Kingdom” is based on the true story of Seretse Khama heir to the throne of Bechuanaland, which was Botswana before its name change in 1966. Seretse met a white English woman, Ruth Williams, after the second world war in London and eventually married her. The couple faced much opposition between governments, countries and families, as interracial marriages were unheard of in those times.

DVD film from Amazon:

“From director Amma Asante (Belle), starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and set against the breathtaking backdrops of the African savannah and period London, A United Kingdom celebrates the inspiring real-life romance of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. One of the greatest love stories ever told.” Amazon Product Description

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Prince William and Prince Harry, have been photographed with snakes in Botswana.

The Rhino Conservation project Prince Harry is involved with. Prince Harry also spent time there with his now Wife the Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry was quoted as referring to Botswana like a second home. He first went there shortly after his Mother Diana Princess of Wales passed away. Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the Queen & Prince Philip have had a strong connection with South Africa either from being involved with causes, commonwealth matters, to conservation/wildlife, to a place to take time out.

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