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  Newsmakers   10 Jul 2017  Queen turns a new page in royal tradition

Queen turns a new page in royal tradition

PTI
Published : Jul 10, 2017, 1:41 am IST
Updated : Jul 10, 2017, 1:41 am IST

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has appointed her first black equerry, a senior staff member in charge of assisting the royal household.

Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah from the Household Cavalry will take charge of one of the most important roles in the Queen’s household.
 Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah from the Household Cavalry will take charge of one of the most important roles in the Queen’s household.

London: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has appointed her first black equerry, a senior staff member in charge of assisting the royal household.

Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah from the Household Cavalry will take charge of one of the most important roles in the 91-year-old monarch’s household.

 

The Afghanistan war veteran, known as TA to his friends, is thought to be the royal family’s first black equerry, a role that requires immense discretion, “The Sunday Times” reported.

The 38-year-old moved to the UK from Ghana with his parents in 1982 and later studied at Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Since then, his illustrious military career has involved joining the Blues and Royals and becoming the first black British Army officer to be commissioned into the Household Cavalry. He acted as an escort commander for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, in 2011.    

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