Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Ghana State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

Ghana State Banquet at Buckingham Palace was held on March 13, 2007 at Buckingham Palace in London, Great Britain. Presented at the event were Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, and his wife Theresa Kufuor. [photos by A.H Collection]

Queen Elizabeth II and the President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor

Here's the full scoop via Yahoo! UK:
"Queen Elizabeth II formally welcomed Ghanaian President John Kufuor to Britain on Tuesday on a state visit marking the 50th anniversary of Ghana's independence from its colonial ruler.

Kufuor inspected troops in central London and was greeted by loud cheers as the party processed in bright sunshine along The Mall, the ceremonial route to Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth's official residence.

Prime Minister Tony Blair, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, Home Secretary John Reid and police chief Ian Blair also greeted the president and his wife Theresa, who wore traditional costume in the red, yellow and green colours of Ghana's flag.

Kufuor, 68, was to spend three days in Britain on the state visit. He was to hold talks with key politicians, prominent business chiefs and the Ghanaian community.

After a private lunch at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the president was to visit Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at the grave of the unknown soldier.

He was then to meet opposition leaders David Cameron of the Conservatives and Menzies Campbell of the smaller Liberal Democrats.

Queen Elizabeth, 80, was to host a state banquet for Kufuor and his wife at Buckingham Palace, where both the monarch and the president were to deliver speeches.

On Wednesday, the president was to visit Blair's Downing Street office to talks and later attend a banquet given by the lord mayor of London.

Kufour was to spend Thursday in Liverpool, northwest England, to take part in a number of engagements, including receiving an honorary degree from Liverpool John Moores University.

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to govern itself.

On March 6, Ghanaians turned out in their thousands for colourful ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Kufuor told a cheering crowd in the capital Accra that independence was a cause for celebration "not only for Ghana but for the whole of Africa." [source]

Queen Elizabeth II and the President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor


chidi said...

i'm still in shock!! ask me y!

Miss Chi Chi said...

why chidi why?