It’s not every day that a country gets to host British royals. On Friday 2nd November 2018, the Prince of Wales toured West Africa where he and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall toured Ghana. Read on to get Prince Charles interesting pictures and information on the visit.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla purpose for visiting Ghana was to strengthen ties in the United Kingdom and Ghana.as well as highlighting major issues in the Commonwealth Nations. Check out the activities the royal family engaged in while in Ghana below.
The First lady Of Ghana Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the president Nana Akufo-Addo welcoming the royals at Jubilee palace.
Prince Charles and president Nana Akufo-Addo looking at the memorial photos at the Jubilee House
During the tour, Prince Charles, Camila and Edward who is one of Prince Charles siblings visited the Christiansborg War Cemetery where they laid flowers to honor the war heroes. Christianborg is located in the outskirts of Accra. The cemetery was constructed in 1941 and the purpose of constructing it was to pay homage to the fallen soldiers from the Second World War.
Camilla Paying her respect to fallen WWII soldiers
Their visit to the Asantehene monarch had the King of the Ashanti hold a traditional ceremony for them. The visit was a delight to both monarchs as they had amazing chat sessions and made plans on having both the Buckingham Palace and Manhyia Palace work together in future. The Prince of Wales appreciated the durbar of chiefs and the King’s reception.
Prince Charles with King Otumfuo
Prince Charles was also honored to watch people of Asanteman during the Akwasidae festival. King Otumfuo, the sitting monarch of Asantehene urged Britain to help the Ghanaian economy improve its status in among top global economies. The King of Ashanti noted that illiteracy, poverty, and diseases were some of the challenges that were preventing Ghana from developing further. He asked the UK to help Ghana fight these vices, for a better life of her citizens. The Prince of Wales admired the Ashanti culture and was awed at how beautiful the people are.
Camilla being gifted in Kumasi
Prince Charles while giving a public lecture in Accra, Ghana.
In his public lecture at the Accra International Conference Center, Prince Charles insisted on the importance of preserving the environment. Destruction of natural resources and the pollution of waters are some of the causes of climate change and global warming. The prince noted that the disappearance of Lake Chad was a concern. Use of plastic bags has contributed to the environmental destruction.
The Prince urged everyone to take care of the environment so as to have a safe and clean-living area. The Prince also spoked of the negative impact of the slave trade and how it has left a bad mark in history. “..We have a shared responsibility to ensure that the abject horror of slavery is never forgotten, that we abhor the existence of modern slavery and that we robustly promote and defend the values which today make it incomprehensible, to most of us, that human beings could ever treat each other with such utter inhumanity. “he said at the Accra International Conference Center.
Camilla enjoying her night at the Jubilee House
On their last day of the visit, the royal highness attended a state banquet at Jubilee House in Accra. The Duchess wore a gorgeous pink Anna Valentine evening dress, huge diamond earrings, and a matching diamond necklace. Prince Charles wife looked dazzling in the evening outfit and enjoyed her time sampling the tasty dishes and dancing the night away. Prince Charles age did not stop him from dancing. He is quite a good dancer and didn’t shy away from showing his moves with the Ghanaian first lady.
Their royal highness had a great evening together with Ghana’s first family and a number of other high profiled men and women in the Ghanaian government. His highness, the Emir of Kano, his royal majesty, the Obi of Onitsha, his Imperial Majesty the Shehu of Borneo, and the Oba of Benin were among the people who were present at the state banquet.
Prince Charles dancing with the first lady of Ghana.
Prince Charles and president Nana Akufo-Addo in the state banquet
The Royals completed their successful visit to Ghana on Monday night and headed to Nigeria where they met with government officials and traditional rulers. Prince Charles expressed his joy with how well he was hosted in Ghana. The Prince of Wales said that he loved how welcoming Ghanaians are, and will always appreciate the west African country.
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