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Queen Margrethe’s state visit to Ghana – days 1 and 2

In September, it was announced that Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark was, for the first time, visiting Ghana on an official state visit. Now, the Queen has completed the first and second day of her state visit.

The visit started Thursday morning when the Queen was received by Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the Presidential Palace at Flagstaff House. After the ceremony, the Queen visited the Danish business delegation’s exhibition at Hotel Kempinski. The visit was concluded with a late breakfast at the hotel.

The Queen then visited His Majesty King Osu at the Osu Castle. Upon arrival, the Queen was received by the several of the local Ghanaian kings and was told about the history of the castle. After her visit, the Queen carried on to an arts centre, Arts & Design Centre, founded in 2014 by artist and carpenter Constance Swaniker. The first day was concluded with a gala dinner at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Friday began with a visit to the Novo Nordic Diabetes Support Centre. Here the Queen was shown around the clinic and had the chance to see the consultation and the pharmacy. After this, Her Majesty visited Accra harbour where she participated in a tour.

The Queen then attended a late breakfast at Mærsk’s post office before she visited Denmark’s Embassy in Ghana. Here the Queen greeted the embassy staff and participated in a reception for Danes living in Ghana. The day was concluded with a dinner at Hotel Mövenpick.

Osu Castle, formerly known as Christianborg Fort. Photo: Stig Nygaard via Wikimedia Commons.

Denmark and Ghana have a long-standing and well-established relationship. The first Danes arrived in the country in 1659. Thus, Denmark and Ghana share a common historical legacy, which also contains some dark pages in the form of triangular trade where Danish ships sailed from Denmark to the Gold Coast with weapons and commodities, from the Gold Coast to the West Indies with slaves and from the Caribbean to Denmark with sugar.

Osu Castle was the former the official residence of Ghana’s president. The castle was built by Denmark and was then called Christiansborg. From here, thousands of Africans were sold as slaves and transported to America by the Danes.

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