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The Royal Family Has a Long History of Visiting Fiji

The Queen and her family have been visiting the island nation since the 1920s.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently on their first major royal tour together, and they're due to arrive in Fiji's capital city of Suva a bit later today. Before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex head to the island nation, take a look back at the trips of other British royals to Fiji.

The then-Duke and Duchess of York (the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother), on a visit to Fiji in 1927.


The Queen and Prince Philip en route to Fiji aboard the SS Gothic in December of 1953.


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Queen Elizabeth arrives in Suva, Fiji, during her coronation tour in 1953.


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are greeted by the Fijian Guard of Honour in Suva.


In the background, you can see the royal liner Gothic.

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Prince Charles meets with local chiefs and hands over independence to Fiji in October 1970.


Princes Charles gives a speech during a 1974 tour to Fiji.


Prince Charles dances with a woman at a social function held in his honor in 1974.


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Queen Elizabeth visits Suva, Fiji's capital, in 1977.


The Queen in Fiji in 1977.


Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip's February 1977 trip to the country was in celebration of the Queen's Silver Jubilee.


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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave to the crowds during a visit to Fiji in 1977.


A young girl gives the Queen a bouquet during the monarch's tour of Australia and the South Pacific in October 1982.


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Queen Elizabeth inspecting the Guard of Honour at Nadi airport on November 1, 1982 in Nadi, Fiji.


Prince Charles reportedly falls asleep for a moment while watching a dance show with Princess Diana in October 1985.


They stopped in Fiji to refuel en route to Australia and managed to squeeze in a brief engagement.

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Prince Charles inspects a Guard of Honour in 1985.


Prince Andrew is carried to the Fijian island of Beqa to attend a firewalking ceremony during his tour of the South Pacific in November 1998.


Prince Andrew watches members of the Sawau tribe perform a firewalking ceremony in 1998.


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The Prince of Wales inspects the Fijian Guard of Honour at Nadi Airport in 2005.


The Prince of Wales poses with a group of school children from the Malolo District School in 2005.


*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

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*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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