Fiji welcomes announcement from Kensington Palace
11 June, 2018, 8:05 pm
FIJI’S Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has welcomed the announcement made by Kensington Palace that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will be visiting Fiji in October later this year.
Mr Bainimarama said Prince Harry’s visit to Fiji underlined his special interest in the Commonwealth and Fiji’s own historical ties with Great Britain and the Royal family.
“Prince Harry is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, to whom the chiefs of Fiji ceded our islands in 1874. He is also the son of H.R.H the Prince of Wales, who handed us our instruments of Independence in 1970 and the grandson of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who we have had the pleasure of welcoming to Fiji on three separate occasions – in 1953, 1963 and 1982,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“So as well as an opportunity for Fiji to welcome this exceptional couple, the visit of Prince Harry and Meghan will be a symbol of our strong commitment to the Commonwealth and our continuing affection for the Royal Family.”
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