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    Sunday, July 09, 2017

    Queen Elizabeth Appoints First Black Equerry, A War Veteran From Ghana. Photos *



    The Queen has picked the first black man to hold the role of equerry, one of the most important positions in the royal household.



    Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, an Afghanistan war veteran and officer from the Household Cavalry, is thought to be preparing to take over the role from Wing Commander Sam Fletcher later this year.

    Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah picked as new equerry

    Twumasi-Ankrah’s royal career so far has included acting as escort commander at the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding in 2011, as well as commanding the Blues and Royals at the Queen’s birthday parade – but his new role will mean he could spend more time at Her Majesty’s side than even her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Since Prince Philip announced that he will be stepping down from public duties this autumn, the new equerry could be the most visible man by the monarch’s side.

    The Queen has picked the first black man to hold the role of equerry, one of the most important positions in the royal household.



    Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, an Afghanistan war veteran and officer from the Household Cavalry, is thought to be preparing to take over the role from Wing Commander Sam Fletcher later this year.

    Twumasi-Ankrah’s royal career so far has included acting as escort commander at the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding in 2011, as well as commanding the Blues and Royals at the Queen’s birthday parade – but his new role will mean he could spend more time at Her Majesty’s side than even her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Since Prince Philip announced that he will be stepping down from public duties this autumn, the new equerry could be the most visible man by the monarch’s side.

    Twumasi-Ankrah, 38, told the Sunday Times that as a young child he used to watch the trooping of the colour with fascination.

    He said: ‘I would have never imagined that one day I’d command the regiment which I’d fallen in love with.

    ‘From what I’ve seen in the UK, our cultures really do mix and if I’m not a good example of that I really don’t know what is.’

    The paper said the Queen is thought to have picked Twumasi-Ankrah personally from a group of candidates.

    The role of equerry, which involves personally assisting the Queen in her public duties, has often been associated with scandal.


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