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Royal Visit To Fiji and Tonga
Description: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s commonwealth visits to Fiji and Tonga in 1953.
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Clip #: TFA-95C
Length: 20:17
Year: 1953
Color: Color
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: South Pacific
Country: Fiji
Subject: Royalty
Original: 16mm
1950s, 1953, royalty, royal tour, commonwealth visit, Polynesia, Fiji, Suva, SS Gothic coming into harbor, boats approaching SS Gothic, Queen Elizabeth arriving at King’s Wharf and coming ashore with Governor Sir Ronald Garvey, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, three year old Mei Kainona presenting bouquet and bowing to Queen, formal inspection of Guard of Honor, crowds cheering and waving Union Jack flags as Queen’s motorcade drives past, Albert Park, Queen and entourage walking to seats at shaded platform, traditional ceremony of welcome, Fijian welcoming ceremony, tama spoken word of greeting, ceremony of the canoe, traditional kava ceremony, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip drinking kava, traditional singing and dancing, spear dance, Queen and Duke’s visit to Adi Cakobau School, girls in traditional costume performing fan dance, plane on descent over palm trees, Tonga, seaplane landing on water, Nuku’alofa, Queen and Duke arriving ashore and being greeted by Queen Salote who presents Crown Prince Tungi and other members of royal family, Queen and Duke driving in open car past crowds cheering and waving flags, Queen laying wreath on war memorial, Queen inspecting the troops, motorcade continuing to drive through streets past children waving flags and under archway saying “Welcome Queen Elizabeth, Long Live the Queen,” Elizabeth and Philip escorted by Salote and Tungi walking on long tapa cloth to banquet, Elizabeth and Philip taking seats on ground at low table with Salote and guests, banquet guests feasting on local delicacies, Elizabeth and Philip walking to seats at shaded platform after meal and watching men and women in traditional dress performing ceremonial dances on palace grounds, ceremonial dancing, men and women singing and performing seated dance with elaborate arm movements, on Sunday Elizabeth and Philip driving to Free Wesleyan Church with Salote and being greeted by Salote’s chaplain Reverend. A. E. McKay, Elizabeth and Philip attending church service, Elizabeth and Philip driving in open roof car to quay and shaking hands with Salote and royal family before boarding launch Salote and royal family waving as launch heads out to SS Gothic, crowds of people gathered near waterfront as cannons are fired

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