Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Lady Julia were part of a list of high-profile individuals who made their way to Westminster Abbey as part of activities for the coronation of King Charles III.
The two who are the only royal family from Ghana at the event represented in kente outfits amidst buzz and excitement while all eyes focused on them.
The Ashanti King was dressed in his traditional kente cloth along with gold jewellery, while Lady Julia wore a stunning Kaba and slit that combined traditional Ghanaian kente with a modern twist. They were greeted by a chorus of cheers and applause from the gathered crowds, who were eager to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s presence at the event has been heralded as significant not only because of his status as an important figure in Ghanaian culture and politics but also because of the historical ties between the Ashanti Kingdom and the United Kingdom.
An earlier statement from Manhyia Palace on Twitter announced the meeting of Otumfuo and King Charles ahead of the coronation.
“Today May 4, 2023, Otumfuo Asantehene and Lady Julia received by King Charles in a private audience at Buckingham Palace,” the tweet said
Arrival of His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Lady Julia Osei Tutu at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles III.
— The Asante Nation (@Ashanti_Kingdom) May 6, 2023
The Ashanti Kingdom has a long and rich history, dating back to the 17th century when the Ashanti people established a powerful empire in what is now Ghana.
The Ashanti Kingdom was one of the few African states to successfully resist European colonialism, and today it remains an important cultural and political force in Ghana.
As the Ashanti King and Lady Julia took their seats in Westminster Abbey, the crowd couldn’t help but fall silent in awe of their presence.
Today May 4, 2023, Otumfuo Asantehene and Lady Julia received by King Charles in a private audience at Buckingham Palace. pic.twitter.com/LYFTpFGHyw
— Manhyia Palace (@ManhyiaPalace) May 4, 2023
According to CBS News, more than 2,000 people were invited to attend King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday, and many of those guests are high-profile royals themselves.
Along with members of the British royal family and leaders of the government — like British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, who spoke at the ceremony — world leaders from other countries were also in attendance.
Their visit is a powerful symbol of the ongoing relationship between Ghana and the United Kingdom, and a reminder of the important role that culture and tradition play in Ghana’s global society.
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