Queen Elizabeth II appoints first-ever black equerry
|Queen Elizabeth II. Image: Wikimedia Commons|
Queen Elizabeth II has just set a new record after Her Majesty appointed the first-ever black equerry.
Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, a Ghanaian-born officer who saw active service in Afghanistan, will occupy one of the most important roles in the royal household, a reporter by Sunday The Times can tell. He is required to support The Queen in various official engagements, including regional visits and audiences at Buckingham Palace.
Known as TA to his friends, Major Twumasi-Ankrah joined his parents after they moved to Ghana in 1982l. He attended Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
He will start the role later this year, the Sunday Times said.
|Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, the first-ever black equerry appointed to the Royal Household. Image: Youtube/Commonwealth Office|
The Queen's Equerry is usually an officer from one of the armed services, who takes on the role for three years.
"I would have never imagined that one day I'd command the regiment which I'd fallen in love with,” Twumasi-Ankrah said.
"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."