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Charles donned some traditional costumes as he received the hospitality of the people of Vanuatu.

The Prince of Wales has been honoured on the island nation of Vanuatu.

In the tradition of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, Charles took part in a series of rituals as he was given the high chief name of Mal Menaringmanu.

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Charles’ father, Prince Philip, is worshipped as a deity on the island.

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Greeted by the locals in traditional dress and with painted faces, the prince smiled and waved as he walked across red ceremonial mats – one of the most deeply respected aspects of Vanuatu’s traditions.

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Charles picked up a hat and a bag for wife Camilla at a handicraft market, where he me scores of well-wishers.

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The Prince of Wales greets well-wishers during a visit to Haos blong Handikraf (Steve Parsons/PA)

The heir to the throne was given a grass skirt to wear prior to receiving a chiefly title during a visit to the Chiefs’ Nakamal,

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Charles is given a grass skirt to wear prior to receiving a chiefly title during a visit to the Chiefs' Nakamal, as he visits the South Pacific island of Vanuatu during his tour of the region (Steve Parsons/PA)

After he delivered the traditional greeting of “Halo yufala euriwan”, meaning “hello everybody”, he said: “My visit, while far too brief, has nevertheless allowed me to experience for myself the warmth, generosity and spirit for which the people of Vanuatu are so justly famed.”

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Islanders believe the Duke of Edinburgh is a figure from one of their legends.

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Charles delighted the crowds by declaring Vanuatu to be “number one!”

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