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Royal visit to strengthen Fiji British relations

October 22, 2018 12:20 am

With a little more than 24 hours to go before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Fiji, the packed schedule for the Royal couple is being fine-tuned.

British High Commissioner to Fiji – Melanie Hopkins says they want to ensure that Prince Harry and her Highness Meghan Markel meet a wide cross section of Fijians in the three days they’re here.

Among the several engagements their Royal Highnesses are attending, there will be a milestone tribute to a fallen Fijian British soldier.

“On their final day of the tour, their Royal Highnesses will be present for the unveiling of the statue of Sergeant Labalaba, a Fijian British Officer who sadly lost his life in 1972 in the Battle of Mirbat in Oman where he was fighting to protect the lives of this troops and this will be a moment to really honour him and honour the people that were alongside him on that day but also honour the very special contribution made by Fijian men and women to this day in the British Army.”

Meanwhile the public are advised that there will be a temporary closure of several roads from this afternoon by Police.

This will include the stretch of road from the Nausori Airport and along the Kings Road towards Samabula and to the Grand Pacific Hotel which will be closed at 5pm.

This is being done as Police will be conducting a dry run of the escorting duties to be performed upon the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tomorrow afternoon.

Police will be deployed from 4pm today for route lining duties and to redirect traffic ahead of the closure at 5pm.

Police are calling for everyone’s cooperation and patience during this time and for motorists and commuters to take alternative routes.