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Revealed: Details Of Prince Harry And Meghan Visit Include Colo-i-Suva, USP

More details have been released about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. The details were released on the Kensington Palace website. The three-day
05 Oct 2018 07:18
Revealed: Details Of Prince Harry And Meghan Visit Include Colo-i-Suva, USP
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Fiji from October 23 to October 25, 2018.

More details have been released about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

The details were released on the Kensington Palace website.

The three-day visit here will allow Prince Harry and Meghan to experience the rich Fijian culture and hospitality.

Here is what will take place while they are here:

The Duke and Duchess will travel by charter flight to Fiji’s capital of Suva

  • On arrival on Tuesday 23rd October, Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by a Guard of Honour at the airport, before calling on His Excellency The President of Fiji at Borron House.
  • The following morning, His Royal Highness will lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial, and meet a number of Fijian war veterans, some of whom served with the British Armed Forces. Links between the British Military and Fiji continue to this day with more than 1250 Fijians currently serving in the British Army.
  • The Duke and Duchess will then attend an official welcome ceremony in the city centre’s Albert Park. The ceremony, known as the Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua, embodies Fijian cultural identity and heritage, and will mirror in format that of the one attended by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. It will involve a number of traditional elements of Fijian culture, including dance performances, the presentation of the Tabua, and a Kava ceremony. Members of the public from across Suva will be invited to attend.
  • From there, The Duke and Duchess will leave Albert Park for the Grand Pacific Hotel to attend a Reception and a State Dinner hosted by The President of Fiji, at which The Duke will speak.
  • Their Royal Highnesses will then visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva, where they will observe a cultural performance on the effects of climate change, before meeting students studying subjects from agriculture to women’s development. The event will be streamed to a number of the university’s campuses throughout the Pacific region. The Duke will make a short speech in his capacity as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, and The Duchess will say a few words.
  • From here, Their Royal Highnesses’ programme will split – The Duke will travel to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park. Colo-i-Suva is an indigenous forest site housing many flora and fauna native to Fiji, and species including the Fiji Tree Frog. It is also Fiji’s dedication to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Before unveiling a plaque to mark its dedication and planting an endangered native tree, His Royal Highness will meet with school children, student conservators, representatives from sustainable tourism industries, and local landowners and villagers to see how the rainforest impacts upon their education and livelihoods.
  • Meanwhile, The Duchess will attend a morning tea at the British High Commissioner’s Residence to showcase women’s organisations which operate throughout Fiji. In particular, Her Royal Highness will hear more about a UN Women’s project, ‘Markets for Change’, which promotes women’s empowerment in marketplaces throughout the Pacific. The Duchess will then travel to Suva Market to meet some of the female vendors who have become empowered through the project.
  • On the morning of Thursday 25th October, The Duke and Duchess will travel to  Nadi in Western Fiji, where they will attend a special event at Nadi Airport. After an official welcome ceremony, The Duke and Duchess will unveil a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier who lost his life in the 1972 Battle of Mirbat. The event will be attended by the President of Fiji, and senior representatives from government and the Armed Forces.
  • From Nadi Airport, Their Royal Highnesses will take a chartered flight to Tonga on October 25, 2018.

 

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