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More details of royal visit released

October 5, 2018 7:35 pm

More details of the royal visit has been released as the country looks forward to welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who will arrive in Suva on a chartered flight from Australia on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Their Royal Highnesses will be visiting the country for a three day visit to experience the rich Fijian culture and generous hospitality.

They will be greeted with a Guard of honor at the Nausori airport before calling on President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at Borron House.

They will then attend an official welcome ceremony or the ‘Veiqaraqaravi Vakavanua’ at the Albert Park which will be open to the public.

The Duke and Duchess will then be hosted to a reception by the President at which The Duke will speak.

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 visit the USP campus where they will observe a cultural performance on the effects of climate change, before meeting students studying subjects from agriculture to women’s development.

From here, Their Royal Highnesses’ will split – The Duke will travel to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, and The Duchess to the British High Commissioner’s Residence.

The forest park is 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 organizations 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 the Suva Market to meet some female vendors who have become empowered through the project.

The Duke and Duchess will than travel to Nadi on October 25th to attend a special event at Nadi Airport to conclude their visit.

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, senior representatives from government and the armed forces.