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Royal visit: Prince Charles looking forward to ‘re-experiencing highlife, afrobeat’

Among the many irresistible experiences that Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, will be having during their five-day stay in Ghana, highlife music will feature significantly.

The Prince of Wales and his wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, are expected in Accra on Friday, November 2, to celebrate the close relationship between the United Kingdom (UK) and Ghana, the importance of their Commonwealth ties and shared values.

In a pre-recorded video released ahead of the visit, Prince Charles stated that himself and his wife look forward to “meeting as many people as possible during our forthcoming visit and bearing in mind the very special memories I have from 40 years ago to re-experiencing the irresistible attractions of highlife and afro-beat.”

According to a statement released by the British High Commission to Ghana, the British Royals will be joined by members of the British-Ghanaian Diaspora, members of the UK community in Ghana, and Ghanaians – from all walks of life – who share a close connection with the UK.

“This event will be a celebration of our shared culture, notably a shared love of Ghanaian music. The event will feature musicians who have helped define Ghana’s music scene, from highlife to hip-life, playing classic and contemporary music that are a favourite of Their Royal Highnesses,” the Commission said in the statement.

The visit by the British Royals is part of their tour of three West African countries: The Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria.

Prince Charles and his wife have already been to The Gambia and will continue to Nigeria after their Ghana visit.

The visit to the three West African countries will also be their first to the Commonwealth since Commonwealth Heads of Government unanimously decided that Prince should succeed Her Majesty, The Queen, as the future Head of the Commonwealth during the Commonwealth Summit held in London in April this year.

The summit was the largest of its kind in British history, with leaders agreed on a range of actions to build a reformed and revitalised Commonwealth that was fairer, more sustainable, prosperous and secure.

The Royal Highnesses will be welcomed at the Jubilee House by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo when they touch down in Accra around 14:00 hours GMT.

They will then attend a State Banquet organised by the Presidency in their honour celebrating the ties between the UK and Ghana, attended by senior dignitaries, a number of British, Ghanaians as well as prominent figures from business, arts, culture and the media.

The Prince will also attend a meeting with Ghanaian and International business leaders to discuss sustainable practice in Ghana’s cocoa industry and key environmental issues.

His Royal Highness will visit the Christianborg Castle, once 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.

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