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Royal News Round Up: 26th October

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In our latest Royal News Round Up, Meghan and Harry have an action-packed week on tour that has included controversial drinks, security scares and wardrobe malfunctions. Meanwhile back in London, Kate was in the limelight at the State Banquet as she showed off her Royal Family Order and some notable headwear.

A Nostalgic Visit

Following in the footsteps of his grandmother and father, Prince Harry arrived in Fiji on Tuesday with Meghan for a three-day visit. Staying at the Grand Pacific Hotel in the capital of Suva, they attended a State Dinner in their honour hosted by Fiji’s President, Jioji Konrote. From the hotel balcony, the couple gave a Royal wave to a cheering crowd, just like The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh had done when they visited the island in 1953.

In Albert Park the couple were welcomed to the country in a ceremony known as ‘Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua’, which embodies Fijian cultural identity and heritage and is conducted by the people of Vuda. Harry tried a traditional drink during the ceremony called ‘Kava’, much to the crowd’s excitement. Though it is used to treat stress and anxiety, it is banned in Europe due to its hallucinatory properties and  links to liver damage.

Women’s Empowerment

On day two in Fiji, women’s empowerment became the focus. As a feminist campaigner herself, Meghan had the honour of giving a speech at the University of the South Pacific but she mistakenly forgot to introduce Harry who was due to give a speech afterwards that was jokingly remarked upon by him.

Parting ways, The Duchess headed towards a marketplace in Suva that didn’t go quite according to plan. The market became overwhelmed with spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of The Duchess, forcing her to be escorted away by her Royal aide.

Prince Harry visited the Coli-I-Suva Forest Reserve to induct another conservation site into The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy by planting an indigenous Dakua tree. In a blast from the past, Harry used the same shovel The Queen had used to plant one, and met an 86-year-old woman who had served The Monarch tea when she was 21 years old on her 1953 visit.

Wardrobe malfunction

On Thursday, The Duchess caused quite a stir when she disembarked from the plane in Tonga and inadvertently revealed a clothes tag still attached to her red dress. It showed it was from the women’s clothing retailer, Self-Portrait. Embracing the culture, The Duke and Duchess later enjoyed an evening of traditional Tongan entertainment at a reception and dinner in the company of King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u.

Aborted landing

Meghan and Harry had a bit of a shock when the aeroplane had to abort landing at the very last minute. Everybody was fine, if a little unnerved, and the pilot later explained that it was due to another plane on the runway. He also added cheerfully, “You’ll get another great view of the harbour.”

Her Majesty honours Kate

The camaraderie between the British and Dutch was celebrated at a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening, with The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a few notable accessories including a brooch signifying The Queen has bestowed her with the Royal Family Order, awarded to female members who have shown dedication and commitment to The Royal Family.

In addition, The Duchess was seen wearing The Lover’s Knot tiara, worn many times by Diana and originally made for Queen Mary in 1914. 

Image credit: Kensington Palace/ Twitter

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