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Fijian Guard On Royal Duty

Fijian Guard On Royal Duty
Peni Qio getting ready to escort the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s procession, through the streets of Windsor after the royal wedding at St George’s Chapel. Photo: Betty Chandra
May 21
12:20 2018

With the eyes of the world on St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle for the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the weekend, not many knew that Fiji too had a part to play on the big day.

And while American An­glican cleric the Most Rever­end Michael Curry became the undoubted star of the event with a passionate ser­mon, a Fijian soldier with the British Army quietly went about his duty to en­sure that the day and cer­emony went off without a hitch.

He was Peni Qio, original­ly of Naceva, Beqa, who is with the Queen’s Household Mounted Cavalry.

He was part of the Mount­ed team that escorted Prince Harry’s procession through the streets of Windsor af­ter marrying US actress Meghan Markle on Satur­day night (Fijian time).

Those from the British Military taking part were specially selected because of their exceptional ser­vice or links with the then Prince Harry during his military service, including in Afghanistan.

Mr Qio is one of three Fi­jians who are part of the Household Cavalry Mount­ed Regiment.

Peni Qio was part of the royal procession after the wedding.

Peni Qio was part of the royal
procession after the wedding.

The other two are from the province Nadroga – Elima Nawari from Tubeirata, Na­droga, and Jale Galuvakad­ua from Draiba, Navosa.

This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) War­rant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Betty Chandra, who is cur­rently studying at Oxford University.

“I was proud to see Peni in the escort team,” she said.

WOI Chandra said she was part of the crowd who watched the procession.

She said she had earlier met the three and they told her that one of them would be part of the escort team during the wedding.

While they did not disclose the nature of their work they told WO1 Chandra that they were honoured to serve the Queen.

According to Wikipedia, the Household Cavalry is made up of the two most senior regiments in the Brit­ish Army: The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals.

It’s divided into the House­hold Cavalry Regiment and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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