Photos: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark pays historic visit to Akwamu State

Source: myjoyonline.com

History was made on Saturday 25th November 2017 when the Queen of Denmark, Her Majesty Margrethe II paid a momentous visit to Akwamu as part of her State visit to Ghana.

The Queen also wanted to connect with history by viewing the original Christianborg Castle keys which were retained as a trophy by the Akwamuhene in 1694 when he returned the castle to the Danes.

She was welcomed with an official ceremony held at the picturesque Royal Senchi Resort, with State Officials, Palace Elders, Ambassadors and other dignitaries in attendance.

The Akwamuhene, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, flanked by his elders, later welcomed Queen Margrethe to the Bogyawe Palace where they exchanged pleasantries and discussed matters of common interest.

He later presented The Queen with a symbolic “Wo Foro Dua Paa Na Ye Piawo” royal staff and a framed plaque of the famous Nana Asomani. It was a colourful occasion marked by a spectacular display of tradition.

In her address, Queen Margrethe expressed her pleasure at the opportunity to connect with history and to forge closer ties between the two cultures.

She noted that while it was necessary to acknowledge the not-so-pleasant elements of their shared history, it was important not to allow the past to overshadow the present.

The Akwamuhene on his part, thanked The Queen and called for Denmark to be at the forefront of his community’s development agenda through trade, investments and philanthropy.

He took the opportunity to pay tribute to two Danish friends of Akwamu, Karl Peter Samuelson and Kurt Frandsen who have been volunteering in the region for many years with education, equipment and training.

The Royal visit, which will no doubt place Akwamu firmly on the map of important world heritage locations, signals the importance both monarchs attach to the historic relationship between the Denmark and Akwamu.

There is an ongoing Exhibition at the Bogyawe Palace, Akwamufie.

The over 300 years old Osu Christianborg Castle keys, King Frederick’s sword that was awarded to Akwamuhene for his bravery during the Katamanso war, 400-year-old loincloth, and more will be on exhibition for the public from 26th Nov to Dec 3rd 2017 for the first time.

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