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

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The Prince of Wales got a colourful welcome to Accra in Ghana when he was co-opted by a troop of traditional dancers.

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The heir apparent of the British monarchy, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, will arrive in Ghana today on an official 4-day visit.

The Gambia was welcomed back into the Commonwealth during a visit by the Gambian president to London earlier this year.

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The British royals began their West African tour in Gambia, a former colony that has rejoined the Commonwealth following the ouster of its longtime dictator.

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

"We are friends and partners, and once again we are both members of the Commonwealth family of nations", the prince said at a ceremony in Banjul's McCarthy Square, hosted by President Adama Barrow.

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.

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Following the event at MacCarthy Square, where the Union Jack was lowered in 1965 and the Gambian flag raised, the Duchess of Cornwall visited a middle school on the outskirts of Banjul to donate a metalwork lathe and plant a tree.

During their visit to Accra, Charles and Camilla are due to attend a State Banquet celebrating the ties between the United Kingdom and Ghana.

He refused to step down, but was forced out the following month after other West African countries intervened militarily.

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