Kingdom of Tonga receives the visiting Duke and Duchess
25 October, 2018, 3:40 pm
THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex have landed safely in the Kingdom of Tonga after departing Nadi earlier this afternoon, concluding their three-day Fiji tour.
The couple was greeted at Fu’amotu International Airport on the main island Tongatapu by Tongan Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho, the only daughter of Tonga’s reigning King Tupou VI.
The distinctive singing and graceful dances from the people of the island Kingdom set the mood as The Duke and Duchess disembarked from the aircraft onto a red carpet.
Later, the British royal couple was instantly given royalty treatment the Tongan way, walking on a long spread of gatu (tapa) with Tongan youths seated on the ground signifying their respect.
Apart from the island Kingdom’s flag, Duchess Meghan Markle donned a bright red dress similar to the colour of the Tongan flag.
Later today, the Duke and Duchess will meet the King and Queen of Tonga, King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u at the Consular House in central Nuku’alofa followed by an official reception and dinner.
The Duke and Duchess will officially begin their engagements in Tonga tomorrow meeting Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the members of the Tongan cabinet at St George Building.
Their royal highnesses will later attend an exhibition with Princess Angelika at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre, celebrating Tongan tradition art and handicraft.
Tupou College is the next stop for the British royals, reportedly the oldest secondary school in the Pacific, founded by a British missionary in 1866.
Here, the couple will dedicate two forest reserves at the school’s onsite forest to the Queen’s canopy, the Toloa forest reserve, the last remaining forest area on Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu and the Eua National Park Forest Reserve, located on the island of Eua.
From Tupou College, the Duke and Duchess will travel to the Royal Palace in Tonga for an official farewell by the Tongan King before departing the island Kingdom.