Queen Elizabeth back on duty after cold: visit to Fijian exhibition in Norwich

January 28, 2017
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Queen Elizabeth II is doing well, she carried out her first visit since suffering flu over Christmas. On Friday, the Queen paid a visit to an exhibition on Fijian culture, in Norwich. Elizabeth II wore a bright coat and coordinated hat.

The Queen visited the Fijian exhibition in Norwich, on Friday, the 90-year-old Elizabeth realised her first visit in this year. It is worth to note that Christmas period wasn’t too lucky and healthy for the British sovereign. Queen had to miss the traditional Christmas Day church service at her Sandringham estate. But now, she is doing well, and this fact noted all the guests of the Fijian exhibition in Norwich.

The exhibition “Fiji: Art & Life In The Pacific” became the largest cultural and art event, for Queen, indeed, it wasn’t the first encounter with Fiji. Her Majesty visited wait in 1953, some archival footage of the Buckingham Palace is still able for watching.

Two Fijian warriors greeted the Queen on her visit to University of East Anglia.

Elizabeth II and Fijian culture

Elizabeth II has been welcomed with two bare-chested Fijian warriors, they were saluting her silently while the Queen stepped out her car. The warriors were carrying war clubs and wearing skirts made from the traditional material. These two men in dried bark strands’ skirts symbolically guarded the sovereign on her arrival.

For Joe Cokanasiga, a winger with London Irish rugby club, that was a great honour — to welcome Elizabeth II at the Fijian exhibition. The 19-year-old rugby player said:

‘It was a bit cold out there but a real experience and honour to be asked to be here — we added some atmosphere to the occasion.’

Karen Jacobs, co-curator of the scale exhibition, was proud with this event. Elizabeth II was impressed with this cultural event, she recognised the tabua (ceremonial whale tooth), which was presented to her during her first royal visit to Fiji in 1953.

Queen Elizabeth looks towards a man dressed in traditional Fijian costume

The Fijian culture exhibition gathered a lot of unique and precious things, among them are sculptures, textiles, and ceramics. The ivory sculptures and shell regalia also were presented in exhibition in Norwich.

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