Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has described Princess Anne’s visit to Ghana as a move that enforces the bond between Ghana and the United Kingdom.
The Otumfuo, who spoke highly of the daughter of the Queen of England and her contribution to the developmental agenda of Ghana, extolled her virtues of hard work and dedication towards serving humanity.
“Your visit to Ghana attests to your commitment to the development of women and the girl child which are fundamental to the development of any country,” he said.
This visit to Ghana celebrates the unique friendship between Ghana and the UK as it marks the 60th anniversary.
“Against the background of ever rising hatred, our relation provides a singular example that it is possible to traverse the choppy waters of history and land in the embrace of peace, friendship and mutual respect,” the Otumfuo added.
She was received at the Kumasi Airport by the Akyempimhene, Oheneba Adusei Poku on behalf of the Asante overlord and a durbar of chiefs was held at the Palace in her honour with the Asantehene sitting in state, Wednesday.
Speaking at the Manhyia Palace where Princess Anne and her entourage were guests, he said as the two countries join hands in celebration of their friendship, they are demonstrating that it is possible to replace the drums of war with the drums of mirth of joy.
British High Commissioner Jon Benjamin shaking hands with the Otumfuo
The British High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin expressed Princess Anne’s appreciation of the honour done her on her two-day visit to Ghana.
“The Princess Royal has enjoyed a wide range of programmes in Accra and today in Kumasi. She will celebrate the broad range of people to people link between the UK and Ghana.
“As Ghana celebrates its 60th anniversary with themes of reflection, celebration, challenge and togetherness, we can also celebrate how our celebration has grown and matured over the last 60 years.
“Central to that is the strong links between the Kingdom and Kumasi,” Mr Benjamin added.
The Princess and her entourage also visited some UK sponsored projects in Kumasi.