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No Show for Asantehene at Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral as World Leaders Bid Farewell

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was conspicuously missing among the invited dignitaries at the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II which was held at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, 2022.

According to reports, the ruler of the Ashanti Kingdom gave prior notification that he would be unavailable for the funeral service and communicated the development to the Buckingham palace.


The funeral service will be held at Westminster Abbey before the coffin is taken away for committal and burial at Windsor.

Otumfuo was invited through the Ghana High Commission in the UK and expected to be present for the Queen’s Lying-In-State, the King’s Reception and the State Funeral Services and the Foreign Secretary’s Reception.

He was billed to be present together with his wife, Lady Julia Osei Tutu.

It is unclear what has necessitated Otumfuo’s absence.

However, sources close to the Manhyia Palace say the development has been communicated to King Charles III’s Household and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

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