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Duke and Duchess of Sussex farewelled in Nadi

October 25, 2018 1:01 am

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were accorded a grand farewell ceremony by the Vanua of Nawaka at the Nadi International Airport.

President Major General Retired Jioji Konrote, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa, cabinet ministers, veterans, members of the diplomatic corps and students were present to witness the ceremony.

The royal couple also unveiled the statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba.

Sergeant Labalaba was a British-Fijian sergeant in the SAS who was involved in the Battle of Mirbat on July 19th 1972.

Labalaba initially served in the British Army in the Royal Ulster Rifles.

Labalaba, aged 30, was shot dead whilst firing a 25-pounder gun at the attacking guerrilla forces.

He displayed notable bravery by continuing to fire the 25 pounder single handedly in spite of being seriously wounded.

The Duke, Prince Harry while thanking Fijians for their hospitality, says he would like to return to Fiji again.

“Thank you to the people of Fiji for a warm welcome we have received during our visit. The Duchess and I are leaving with special memories of your beautiful country and look forward to returning in the future. Vinaka Vakalevu.”

President Major General retired Jioji Konrote thanked the Royal Couple for their visit to Fiji.

“Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex you go with love and best wishes of every Fijian and especially as you begin your own family with the arrival of your new baby in the New Year. Thank you for coming to Fiji and gracing our shores with your much welcomed but very short visit but it is good to know that you promised to come back.”

The Royal Couple flew out to Tonga on a charted Qantas flight.