50th anniversary of the independence of Fiji - soldiers at Birkhall

To mark the 50th anniversary of Fiji's independence, The Prince of Wales has sent his "special blessings and congratulations" to President Konrote, Prime Minister Bainimarama, and the people of the Republic of Fiji via video message.

In the video, The Prince reflects on his memories of the Independence Ceremony in 1970. His Royal Highness represented Her Majesty The Queen at the ceremony in Suva, and afterwards visited communities across the islands. 

Watch The Prince's message in full below. 



On the morning of 10th October, Five Fijian Soldiers of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland visited The Duke of Rothesay at Birkhall.

His Royal Highness was presented with a Tabua, during the arrival ceremony on behalf of the Fijian community by Sergeant Lawaci, who was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal in 2005 for his services in Iraq.

The Fijian Soldiers danced the ‘Lakalaka’. The Lakalaka is a celebration of life traditionally performed at formal occasions such as the birthday of The King. The Duke of Rothesay, also watched a recorded performance of Fijian Soldiers at Fort George, who were unable to attend, dancing the ‘Raude’. The Raude is a fan dance which tells the story of an explorer on an expedition crossing the equator.