Meghan was in casual separates for today’s 3-1/2 hour charter flight to Fiji.
A video of the couple boarding their plane.
#DukeandDuchessOfSussex leave Hervey Bay for the next stage of their royal tour to Fiji & Tonga. They’ll be a guard of honour to greet them followed by a welcome ceremony known as the Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua, showing Fijian culture and heritage #harryandmeghan pic.twitter.com/3ZwVTh5YwA
— Russell Myers (@rjmyers) October 23, 2018
And a lengthier report via The Morning Show.
— The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) October 22, 2018
With apologies, we have not been able to license any photos, but the link in the next sentence does have pictures. More on the next leg of the tour from News.com Australia:
Their arrival in Fiji’s capital of Suva later today will be followed by two days of engagements focused on the environment and education before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex head to Tonga.
The flight carrying staff, journalists and the royals is expected to land in Fiji around 3:30 pm local time, that is 12:30 am EDT; this is an hour earlier than expected according to local media. A quick reminder that if you need help translating time zones, our little tour clock widget is now on Fiji time. A look at the menu for today’s flight, courtesy of ITV’s Rupert Evelyn.
Nick Dixon of ITV is in Fiji and shared photos of the last minute preps underway.
The red carpet is being rolled out for the royal guests.
Here’s what we can expect when the Duke and Duchess arrive:
- They will be greeted by a guard of honour at the airport in Nausori.
- The couple will call on His Excellency, President Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva, shown below.
- They will then be officially welcomed in a ceremony at Albert Park which will mirror the format of the ceremony attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. Below, HM and the Duke arriving in 1953.
- Here is a video with coverage of the 1953 visit.
Meghan and Harry will then head to the iconic Grand Pacific Hotel.
The Hotel website has some great background on the property’s history.
The Grand Pacific Hotel has been an icon of the South Pacific for over a century. Totally rebuilt, the Hotel reopened in May 2014 on the hundredth anniversary of its original opening and has already regained its place as the “grand old lady” of the Pacific – a wonderful blend of fascinating colonial architecture and history combined with magnificent Fijian hospitality and friendliness.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at a state ball held in her honor in 1953.
HM has been to the Grand Pacific three times.
More about the suite from wetu.com:
..this suite is symbolic of the splendour of colonial days past. Overlooking Albert Park, the suite opens onto to the largest balcony at the Grand Pacific Hotel – the very place where Queen Elizabeth II stood and greeted her subjects to huge acclaim and international publicity shortly after she became Queen in 1953.
Tonight we will see another royal reception and dinner at the hotel. It will be the first time we see the Duchess in formalwear.
We have a very cursory glance at what we think Meghan wore today.The Duchess wore a pair of jeans that we haven’t yet been able to ID, as well as a white blouse. It is not the J Crew linen shirt that we have seen before, nor is it the Misha Nonoo Husband shirt.
It looked like Meghan had on the same necklaces worn yesterday, the Adina Reyter Pavé Teardrop Necklace ($418), as well as the Pascale Monvoisin Cauri Nº2 Necklace ($475). We’ll leave you with a graphic that may help in planning how you watch the royal visit. The Fiji Times is promoting its live coverage of the visit.
UPDATE: Here is a report filed by The Fiji Times at roughly 3:15 p.m.