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    Britain's Prince Charles, representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth 11, took the salute on Saturday (10 October) at a ceremony in Suva ending 96 years of British rule in Fiji.

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    Britain's Prince Charles, representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth 11, took the salute on Saturday (10 October) at a ceremony in Suva ending 96 years of British rule in Fiji.

    New Zealand Air Force Onions flew overhead in salute as Fiji's new flag, which retains a small Union Jack, flew from the masthead for the first time in Suva's Albert Park, scene of a two-day celebration.

    The old Union flag had been ceremonially lowered at sunset on Friday, also watched by Prince Charles.

    On Saturday morning the Prince handed over Fiji's constitutional documents to the Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, and saluted the new flag.

    Saturday's ceremonies were mainly military, with white-uniformed Commonwealth sailors ran??ed behind ranks of Fijian troops. Prince Charles read a message from his mother which stated that there had always been faith and confidence between Fiji and Britain in peace and war. Sir Kamisese Mara told Prince Charles that nothing which occurred today could change the warm feeling of the Fijian people for the British crown.

    The Fijian islands were ceded to Queen Victoria by king Cakobao 96 years ago.

    After Independence Fiji is to remain within the Commonwealth.

    SYNOPSIS: A colourful ceremony in Suva on Saturday ushered in Fiji's independence from Britain, and the state's new flag flew proudly for the first time. The ceremony had begun in the Albert Park at sunset on Friday, when the old Union flag had been ceremonially lowered.

    Britain's Prince Charles represented is mother Queen Elizabeth the Second at the ceremony. On the rostrum with him was Fiji's Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, who received the constitutional documents of independence from the Prince.

    Saturday's ceremonies were mainly military, with white-uniformed Commonwealth sailors and Fijian troops in scarlet tunics taking part. Prince Charles took the salute as the soldiers paraded.

    The Prince is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, to whom the Fijian islands were ceded by King Cakobao 96 years ago. After Independence, Fiji is to remain within the British Commonwealth.

    After the lowering of the old flags, Fijian maidens danced in tribute to their new independence flag. A gift of 75 pigs, a dozen giant turtles, piles of yams and other local delicacies made for Prince Charles were symbolically accepted and then distributed among the people.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZZTIDQXDMYHLFNU22TKT2DVT
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZZTIDQXDMYHLFNU22TKT2DVT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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