Ghanaian to replace Prince Philip in public duties


RouTe - 10 July 2017, 4:05


This is the man you will probably see at the Queen's side in public when Prince Philip steps down
He had a key role in Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding back in 2011 and his new appointment makes him the royal family's first black equerry

Ghanaian to replace Prince Philip in public duties
Mayor Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah was personally selected by the Queen to be her new equerry (Image: Foreign & Commonwealth Office /Youtube)

With Prince Philip stepping down from royal duties in the autumn, the Queen needs someone new to help her during public engagements.

And now that the Queen has handpicked her next equerry, one of the most important roles in the royal household, he's likely to be the one by her side.

The newly appointed Mayor Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah's role will include attending to the Queen in public, assisting her during official engagements and welcoming high-profile guests to royal residences.



He's expected to begin the role later in the year, with the timing meaning that he's tipped to become the most visible man by the Queen's side during her public appearances.

Ghanaian to replace Prince Philip in public duties
Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah appeared in a YouTube video for the the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Image: Foreign & Commonwealth Office /Youtube)

Twumasi-Ankrah, who is known as TA to his friends, is thought to be the first black equerry appointed by the royal family.

The Afghanistan war veteran was born in Ghana and moved to the UK in 1982. He studied at Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before joining the Blues and Royals. He then became the first black British Army officer to be commissioned into the Household Cavalry.



If you think he looks familiar, you may recognise the dad-of-two from his key role in Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011 where he acted as escort commander. He also commanded the Blues and Royals taking part in the trooping the colour in the same year.

Ghanaian to replace Prince Philip in public duties
The Queen and Prince Philip (Image: PA)

Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip would step down from public duties in May.

The 95-year-old will carry out previously arranged engagements but will not take on any others.

In a statement, the Palace said it was the Duke of Edinburgh's decision, taken with the support of the Queen.

The Duke is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated.

He has slowly cut back the number of public engagements he has carried out since 2010.

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