Sagana Lodge by Emma Bossons FRSA
Designer: Emma Bossons FRSA
In 1947, when Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip married, Sagana Lodge was given to them as a gift from the people of Kenya. Beside a trout stream, it was at Sagana Lodge, that the news of King George VI’s death was broken to HRH Queen Elizabeth by her husband, Prince Philip. By good fortune the lodge is located at the point where the Sagana and other rivers all meander their way towards Tana River. The river meanders down among pineapple palms, past the most-humble of Royal residences, a bungalow with a low sloping roof, superbly situated under the foothills of Mount Kenya itself.
In Emma’s Sagana Lodge design, history comes alive with the rich colours of HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum reign. As Mount Kenya soars above fig-trees; Lilac-Breasted Roller Birds and a Forest King Butterfly adorned with flashes of Royal Blue, can be seen among the gardens of Sagana Lodge.
The Lilac-Breasted Roller Bird is the national bird of both Kenya, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful birds in existence. They look wistfully in each direction, as if in deep contemplation. Emma creates a plumage that dives through ochre flax, and dusky-pink lavender with further field marks of electric-blue and fox-red, and all complete with a turquoise flank and long, tail streamers. In truth, this living rainbow within our world, nestles in roses fused with orange (for admiration) and pink (for love), brings a depth of colour and grace hitherto unknown in Moorcroft art. Kenya is home to over 900 species of butterfly. At Sagana lodge, The Queen will probably have noticed Forest-King Charaxes – butterflies slowly spiralling downwards with flashes of Royal-blue over delicate pink orchids.
Undoubtedly, her father, King George VI would have been so proud of his daughter. Her crown will have brought with it a fair, yet heavy burden. By its very nature, succession cannot ever see a father’s pride until that day is spent.