The Queen has chosen a Ghanaian-born Household Cavalry officer to be her next aide, according to reports.
It is understood Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah will be the royal household’s first black equerry, a role which requires him to support the monarch at official engagements such as regional visits and audiences at Buckingham Palace.
The Sunday Times said Maj Twumasi-Ankrah, a 38-year-old Afghanistan veteran known as TA to his friends, moved to the UK from Ghana with his parents in 1982 and studied at Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
He will start the role later this year, the paper said.
The Queen’s Equerry is an officer from one of the armed services, who takes on the role for three years.
Major Ankrah pictured while at Ascot could become the most visible man with the Queen (Picture: Getty)
According to the Daily Mail he could become the most visible man at her side as Prince Philip steps down from public duties in a couple of months.
Speaking to the Sunday Times he said: ‘I would have never imagined that one day I’d command the regiment which I’d fallen in love with.
‘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.’
What is an equerry?
The Queen’s equerry is an officer from one of the armed services, who takes on the role for three years.
The role includes generally assisting Her Majesty in her public duties.
Previous equerries have had responsibilities such as being in charge of the Queen’s treasured horses.
The Queen’s equerry would also be expected to look after the carriages, coaches and Rolls-Royces used at state ceremonies including Trooping the Colour and the State Opening of Parliament.