The Asantehene Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has officially been invited to attend the state funeral ceremony of the late British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II who passed out recently.
Queen Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other sovereign countries died on Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96, after 70 years of reigning as queen.
A state funeral has been slated for Monday, September 19, 2022, after which she will be laid to rest.
Following this, the newly crowned British Monarch, King Charles III officially extended an invitation to His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asante the Ohene
An invitation was also sent out to the wife of Asantehene, Lady Julia Osei Tutu.
“Protocol Directorate, acting on behalf of the Household of his Majesty the King has the honour to have been instructed to issue personal invitations,” a statement from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office reads.
By the invitation, Otumfuo will attend the Queen’s Lying-In-State, the King’s Reception, State Funeral Services and the Foreign Secretary’s Reception.
Below is the full statement
The Asantehene in the 2000s paid a courtesy visit on Queen Elizabeth II on a three-week visit to the United Kingdom where he visited the British Parliament House, Windsor Castle, and other places.
Meanwhile, in 2018, Prince Charles now King Charles III visited the Asantehene during his visit to Ghana.