Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Ghana

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are on a Tour of West Africa from October 31st to November 8th, at the Request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to build and celebrate diplomatic, cultural, and historical ties. After a Visit to The Gambia, the Prince and Duchess were in Ghana from November 2nd to the 6th. Click HERE to take a look at previous Royal Visits to Ghana.

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Upon arrival in Accra, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall traveled to Jubilee House to meet with the President and the First Lady of Ghana. Afterwards, they joined the Earl of Wessex, in Ghana in his role as Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Foundation, for a wreath laying ceremony at the Christiansborg War Cemetery, and met the gardeners who maintain the cemetery grounds, Ghanaian veterans, and young members of the National Cadet Corps. In the evening, Prince of Wales and Duchess attended a Reception at the British High Commissioner’s Residence and met a number of guests representing a cross section of the U.K.-Ghana relations.

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On the morning of the November 3rd, the Prince of Wales visited Christiansborg Castle in Osu, which originally operated as a Danish slave trade fort, and after a tour, he heard about plans for the castle’s restoration and redevelopment into a museum. He also met Okyenhene, the King of Akyem Abuakwa. Later, the Prince and Duchess then attended an Art, Music, Dance and Youth Exhibition at Jamestown, Accra.

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On November 4th, the Prince of Wales began the day by attending service at Accra Ridge Church with the President of Ghana. Following, the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Manhiya Palace for a Durbar and Tea with the Asantehene, the King of the Ashanti and Lady Julia, before they toured the Manhiya Palace Museum and heard about key moments from the Ashanti and British History. The Prince then visited the New Kumasi Market, the single largest market in West Africa, and a Cocoa Farm where he saw a women’s cooperative, while the Duchess visited the National Cultural Centre in Kumasi and attended the K.N.U.S.T. Literacy and Essay Prize Event to joined a number of children’s reading circles. Finally, the Prince and Duchess inaugurated the newly-titled ‘The Prince of Wales Park’ at K.N.U.S.T, named to commemorate their visit.

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The Prince of Wales started the fourth day of the Visit by giving a speech on The Commonwealth at the British Council in Accra, while the Duchess attended a Women of the World event and the Ghana International School to launch the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition prize, before attending a Commonwealth Big Lunch. Int he afternoon, the Prince joined a roundtable conference on Cocoa with guests including senior representatives from the Government of Ghana, cocoa industry, development partners, farmer organisations and civil society, and attended an event to learn about the issue of ocean plastics in Ghana. In the evening, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a State Banquet hosted by the President in Accra, where he was presented with the Order of the Star of Ghana.

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