Queen Elizabeth II hired a Ghanaian as her first Black assistant.
She’s the first queen to employ a black equerry in 2017.
She chose Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah from many qualified applications.
Major Twumasi-Ankrah joined the Queen’s government.
History of Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah
Afghanistan veteran Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah. When his parents left Ghana for the UK in 1982, he followed.
He attended Queen Mary University of London and then enlisted in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
After joining the Blues and Royals, he was commissioned into the Household Cavalry.
In 2011, he was the wedding’s escort commander. Major Twumasi-Ankrah commanded the Blues and Royals in the Queen’s birthday parade.
Role of Equerry in the Royal Family household
It’s a coveted role in the royal family that requires special character attributes.
The Queen trusted Major Twumasi-Ankrah as an equerry. He helped the Queen with official events and hosted high-profile guests.
Equerries used to care for the cavalry’s horses. The role holder is seen publicly as a Queen aide.
The job of equerry became essential after Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, retired.
He replaced Sam Fletcher in 2017 and retired in 2020. Major Twumasi-Ankrah and his wife, Joanna Hanna-Grindall, have two daughters.