A Look Back At Prince Philip’s Relationship With Ghana And Its People

Prince Philip

Today, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.

He had been having health problems lately, including a long stay at the hospital this February and March.

With his 73 years long marriage to the Queen, he had become the longest-serving consort in Britain’s documented history.

In his time as consort to the Queen and even as the husband to the then Princess Elizabeth 5 years before her ascension to the British throne, Philip worked for and served the British crown.

In his 73 years as a senior member of the British Royal Family, Prince Philip has had a number of encounters with Ghana and its people.

Besides welcoming Kwame Nkrumah to their home, Balmoral Castle a number of times, Philip has also paid working visits to Ghana.

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In 1961, Prince Philip joined Queen Elizabeth II on her first official visit to the newly independent Ghana.

It is during this visit that Kwame Nkrumah became the first black man to dance with a queen of England.

In the photo below which was taken during the 1961 visit, as Kwame Nkrumah danced with the Queen, Prince Philip also danced with Fathia Nkrumah, Kwame Nkrumah’s wife.

Queen Elizabeth II dances with Ghanaian president Kwame Nkrumah at a ball in Accra, Ghana, in 1961. Credit: Getty Images

In 1999, The Queen and Prince Philip paid another working visit to Ghana. At the time the Late Jerry John Rawlings was the President and he was coming to the end of his almost two-decades-long reign as President of Ghana.

The Queen and Prince Philip leaving Parliament House with JJ Rawlings and Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings. Credit: Getty Images

In 2007, also nearing the end of his second term in office, Former President Kufour visited Britain’s, Queen Elizabeth II. On the right, with his back turned to the camera is Prince Philip, during the Ceremonial Welcome at Horse Guards in London Tuesday March 13, 2007. Kufuor was on an official four-day State visit to Britain.

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In July 2008, Prince Philip visited Ghana alone without the Queen.

He was in Ghana for a four-day visit during which he presided over the 30th triennial conference of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL).

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As a former colony and later a member of the Commonwealth, Ghana and Ghanaians have had numerous interactions with the British Royal Family, including Prince Philip.

Rest In Peace.

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