Queen Elizabeth Hires First Black Person
Queen Elizabeth hires first ever black assistant. Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Amkrah will become the Queen’s new equerry. This involves attending high-profile events as her aide. The new aide is a Ghanian-born officer who fought in the Afghanistan war. He will fill one of the most important roles in the royal household, according to The Times. His new role requires him to act as one of the Queen’s most-trusted attendants. He will assist her with official engagements as well as welcoming high-profile guests to royal residences. Previously this position was created for someone to look after the cavalry’s horses. The position, in modern times, requires that the equerry be publicly visible as an aide at the Queen’s side.
New Equerry Offers Impressive Background
The new equerry moved from Ghana to the UK in 1982. He moved with his parents. He then studied at Queen Mary University in London followed by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The 38-year-old joined the Blues and Royals to become the first black British Army officer commissioned into the Household Cavalry. He acted as escort commander for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess at Cambridge in 2011.
The Queen’s Equerry is an officer from one of the armed services, who takes the role for three years. Twumasi-Ankrah told the Sunday Times that as a young child he used to watch the trooping of the color with fascination. He said, “I would have never imagined that one day I’d command the regiment which I’d fallen in love with.”
He continued by saying, “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.”