Queen of Fiji

Queen of Fiji

When Elizabeth came into power the island nation of Fiji was a British colony and so the 1954 and 1963 Royal Tours kicked off there. British Pathe went on both of these tours with The Queen to document her state visits.

The first thing we might do in Fiji is head to the nearest beach bar, however Her Majesty has duties to carry out. Here we see The Queen with Fiji's then governor the late Sir Kenneth Maddocks. They are inspecting a 'Guard of Honour', a ceremonial military presentation to formally greet a visiting dignitary. Needless to say, The Queen has inspected a lot of these.

In 1970 Fiji became an independent nation but chose to remain part of the Commonwealth.

Film: Royal Tour Begins