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Fiji exhibition gives Queen a fond reminder of Pacific tours

By Tony Jones

The Queen has marvelled at a dazzling exhibition of Fijian artefacts which had her reminiscing about her past trips to the South Pacific nation.

From the moment the Queen arrived at the University of East Anglia, she entered the world of Fiji, with two warriors guarding her red carpet and others beating out a welcome on drums.

The Duke of Edinburgh was scheduled in error to attend the event, Buckingham Palace said, but it is understood he was out and about on the Sandringham Estate.

Fiji: Art & Life In The Pacific showcased the Commonwealth country's sculptures, textiles and ceramics, alongside ivory and shell regalia.

Having visited Fiji a number of times, the Queen was well versed with some of its customs and as she was taken on her tour appeared fascinated by the exhibits and asked a number of questions.

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