The Queen has appointed her next equerry, one of the most important positions in the royal household.
According to U.K.'s The Sunday Times, the position has been filled by Ghanian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah. The army officer, who moved to Britain from Ghana with his parents in 1982, will be the royal family's first ever black equerry.
"I would have never imagined that one day, I'd command the regiment which I'd fallen in love with," Maj Twumasi-Ankrah, 38, told the publication. "From what I've seen in the U.K., our cultures really do mix, and if I'm not a good example of that, I really don't know what is."
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As an equerry, the Afghanistan war veteran will act as the monarch’s support system and a most discreet confidant. For perspective, Peter Townsend—a prominent character in the Netflix series The Crown—was King George VI’s equerry. He became famously close to the Windsors, even dating Princess Margaret.
With this in mind, royal experts believe he will soon be one of the most well-known and most visible members of the royal household.
The major, known as "TA" to his friends, is certainly up for the important job, having studied at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the same prestigious school Prince Harry and Prince William attended. He also played a part in Prince William and Duchess Kate’s wedding in 2011, acting as escort commander.
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Maj Twumasi-Ankrah will take over the role from Wing Commander Sam Fletcher later this year, after prepping for the role alongside a senior officer.
Prince Philip, 96, announced his plans to retire in May. The palace confirmed the royal’s retirement with a statement. It began: "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, the duke has the full support of the Queen."
"Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying the Queen," the statement continued. "Thereafter, the duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time."
"The Duke of Edinburgh is patron, president, or a member of over 780 organizations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements. "Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full program of official engagements with the support of members of the royal family," the statement concluded.
Of course, the news marks a significant change for the British royal family. How exciting!
This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
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