Queen Elizabeth II Hires The Palace's First Black Equerry
Ghana-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah will be the Queen's new assistant.
July 10, 2017 at 10:01 pm
Have you ever watched Queen Elizabeth and the royal family do something trailed by all of their assistants and wondered where all the black people were?
Well, you'll wonder no more, now.
Because according to The Telegraph Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah has been appointed as the royal household's first black equerry!
What is an equerry?
If you watched The Crown, you may remember the man who ran the Queen's affairs for her and who was in love with Princess Margaret.
That's the job of the equerry. (To support the monarch with all of her official needs, that is, not catching the eye of young princesses.)
Equerries have traditionally been military men, and Twumasi-Ankrah fits the bill there.
A veteran of Afghanistan, Twumansi-Ankrah graduated from Britain's Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. After serving his country in the war, Twumasi-Ankrah was tapped for service in the Queen's Household Cavalry.
As a member of that unit, he both commanded troops during the Queen's birthday parade and served as escort commander during the royal wedding.
Twumasi-Ankrah will serve as equerry for three years, and will start his new role later this year, taking over from Wing Commander Sam Fletcher.
"I would have never imagined that one day I'd command the regiment which I'd fallen in love with," said Twumasi-Ankrah, who moved to the U.K. fro Ghana with his parents in 1982.
"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."
Hats off to Major Twumasi-Ankrah and to the Queen!