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Fijians turn up in numbers to witness historic royal visit

October 23, 2018 4:52 am

The current wet weather has not dampen the spirits of Fijians who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Albert Park, Suva.

The Royal couple will be accorded a traditional welcome ceremony this evening.

Proudly waving banners, placards and flags – Fijians both young and old have gathered at the Park in numbers to get a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan.

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Vivian Tuicakau who has been at the Park since 3pm says he took his day off to witness the historic event.

“I had my day off today so I can have time out just to come and witness this. Because this is the fits time for me to witness the royal visit. I ‘ve always heard stories about it from my parents and great grandparents when Queen Elizabeth II came.”

FBC News spoke to 18-year-old Lawrence Biuwale who says he hopes to get a chance to personally meet Prince Harry and his wife.

“This is a one in a life time opportunity to meet the Prince in person and probably meet with him and take photos with his wife Meghan.”

Vacisau Beranisavu adds that she can’t wait to see the royal couple in person.

“Maybe if I don’t get to talk or shake hands with them maybe just getting a glimpse of them will be enough for me.”

Year nine student Isei Iosefo says he left school early as his whole family was coming down to Albert Park.

“This is my first time to see them and I want to see them and know them.”

Meanwhile, many Fijians have travelled as far as Nausori, Rewa and even Tailevu to be part of the welcome ceremony today.

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