Royal Visit: A 139-year-old bond

The first British royal visit to Fiji was in September 1881, when two princes arrived in the British Flying Squadron of five ships to Levuka, Fiji’s old capital. They were the grandsons of Queen Victoria - Prince George and his elder brother Prince Albert Victor. An illustration above above shows Ratu Timoci, son of Fiji’s paramount chief and ‘King of Fiji’ Ratu Seru Cakobau bearing the traditional kava drink for the two princes. Picture: SUPPLIED

AS Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan descend onto our shores on their whirlwind tour of the South Pacific, we take a look back on the past royal visits to the country spanning more than 100 years. For Fiji, it began 139 years ago in 1879 […]

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