Video of Queen Elizabeth in Ghana dancing with Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1961
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Video of Queen Elizabeth in Ghana dancing with Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1961

Video of Queen Elizabeth in Ghana dancing with Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1961
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Video of Queen Elizabeth in Ghana dancing with Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1961

Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ghana in 1961 was a historic moment for many reasons. The principal reasons for her visit were to prevent Ghana from leaving the Commonwealth and to challenge the notion of racism, particularly in light of the fact that Black people in America were still denied the right to vote at the time. The visit was also symbolic, as the Queen danced with Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah during her visit.

However, tensions were high ahead of the Queen’s visit, as there were concerns about her safety and the possibility of her endorsing an authoritarian regime. There were even bomb scares in the capital city of Accra, and the statue of Kwame Nkrumah was targeted just days before the Queen’s trip. Despite these concerns, Queen Elizabeth was determined to make the trip. She had already cancelled a previous visit in 1959 due to her pregnancy, and she didn’t want to insult or embarrass Ghana by postponing her visit again.

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In addition, Queen Elizabeth was worried about Ghana’s growing relationship with the Soviet Union and her fears that the country could defect to it made her more determined to come to Ghana. She even said, “How silly I should look if I was scared to visit Ghana and then [Soviet leader Nikita] Khrushchev went and had a good reception.” As head of the Commonwealth, she felt it was her duty to face any risks that may be involved and to convince her people that her trip to Ghana was important. Queen Elizabeth was quoted as saying, “I am not a film star. I am the head of the Commonwealth — and I am paid to face any risks that may be involved. Nor do I say this lightly. Do not forget that I have three children.”

In conclusion, Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ghana in 1961 was a historic moment that was filled with symbolism and significance. Despite the tensions and concerns surrounding her visit, the Queen was determined to make the trip to prevent Ghana from leaving the Commonwealth and to challenge the notion of racism. Her visit was also a powerful statement of her role as the head of the Commonwealth, and her willingness to face any risks that may be involved in order to protect the interests of her people.

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