The Queen has selected Ghanaian-born Household Cavalry officer Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-
The 38-year-old Afghanistan veteran, known as TA to his friends, is believed to be the royal household's first black equerry.
He will hold one of the most important positions in the royal household and assist Her Majesty at official engagements, including regional visits and audiences at Buckingham Palace, and remain
Historically the role was created for someone to look after the cavalry's horses, but in 2017 they are expected to be a publicly visible aide at the Queen's side.
"I would have never imagined that one day I'd command the regiment which I'd fallen in love with," Twumasi-Ankrah told The Sunday Times. "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."
Maj Twumasi-Ankrah moved from Ghana to the UK in 1982 with his
He acted as escort commander at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in
Maj Twumasi-Ankrah will take over from Wing Commander Sam Fletcher later this year, and the newspaper also reports that the Queen personally picked her new aide from a group of candidates.
Prince Philip, who turned 96 in June, announced his retirement from royal duties back in May.
Fantastic news the new Queens equerry is Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah from the Household Cavalry. pic.twitter.com/09oNu7IMen— The Life Guards Ass (@LGregsec) July 9, 2017
Buckingham Palace released the statement: "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
Buckingham Palace has been accused of racial discrimination in the past, when Elizabeth Burgess, a former personal secretary to Prince Charles, alleged she had been subject to discrimination by other members of staff.
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