Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Accra today

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Duchess of Cornwall visit the ancient site of Knossos on the southern Greek island of Crete

Charles and Camilla receive official welcome as their West African tour begins

It would be recalled that the Prince of Wales's last visit to Ghana was in March 1977.

Speaker of Parliament Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye on Friday welcomed the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at the Kotoka International Airport for a four-day Royal visit to strengthen ties with Ghana.

He said the United Kingdom remains committed to bolstering historic ties with the former British colony which returned to the Commonwealth last February, five years after withdrawing from the 54-member organization of mainly English-speaking nations.

Prince Charles at the recently held commonwealth head of nations summit succeeded the Queen as head of the organization.

President Adama Barrow said the return to the Commonwealth illustrated his government's willingness to enhance worldwide cooperation.

The statement said many specially invited guests who shared the same birthday as Prince Charles, would attend the event.

The Prince and The Duchess attended the Welcome Ceremony at Jubilee House where they met The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo. This will be the Duchess of Cornwall's first visit to Ghana.

His Royal Highness will visit the Christiansborg Castle, once a Danish and then British, slave fort, which was until a few years ago the seat of Ghana's Government after independence, to discuss the future restoration and reuse of the area, as part of a major redevelopment of Accra's waterfront, conceived by the Ghanaian Government with the architect Sir David Adjaye.

The Gambia was Britain's oldest crown colony on mainland Africa.

But his reign began to fall in December 2016, when he suffered an electoral defeat at the hands of Barrow, the opposition leader. He flew into self-imposed exile in Equatorial Guinea.

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