The Queen of England has officially hired Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrahas as her next Household Cavalry officer – with reports claiming she personally made the selection herself from a group of potential candidates. Today is a proud day, as it marks the first ever appointment of a black equerry in the royal household.

38-year-old Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrahas, known as TA to his friends, is an Afghanistan war veteran, and will assist The Queen at all future official engagements.

This will include everything from regional visits to audiences at Buckingham Palace, and much more. His position is said to be more important than ever, especially when Prince Philip retires from official royal duties later this year.

“I would have never imagined that one day I’d command the regiment which I’d fallen in love with,” Twumasi-Ankrah told The Sunday Times.

“From what I’ve seen in the UK, our cultures really do mix and if I’m not a good example of that I really don’t know what is.”

Major Twumasi-Ankrahas has already dipped his toe in the royal pool, as he acted as escort commander at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding, and also commanded the Blues and Royals at the Queen’s birthday parade.

We think he’s going to do just fine in his new job.