Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to make special visit to Sainsbury Centre Fiji exhibition

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting the Sainsbury Centre on January 27. Picture: Andrew

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting the Sainsbury Centre on January 27. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be shown around Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on Norwich's University of East Anglia campus tomorrow.

Prof Steven Hooper who put together the Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific exhibition at the Sainsbur

Prof Steven Hooper who put together the Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, with co-curators Karen Jacobs and Katrina Igglesden, right. They are pictured with one of the exhibits, a Fijian canoe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

UEA vice-chancellor Prof David Richardson said: 'The Royal Family has a long association with this university, dating back to the Queen's first visit in 1968, and I am sure our staff, students and visitors will give the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh a wonderfully warm reception.

'The Sainsbury Centre is a cultural jewel in the crown for both UEA and Norwich. It is a great personal honour for me to introduce the Queen to this fascinating exhibition.'

Two of the objects included in the exhibition will be familiar to the Queen with one being a tabua, or ceremonial whale tooth, presented to Her Majesty on her first visit to Fiji in 1953.

The other is a newly-commissioned traditional Fijian double-hulled sailing canoe, which featured in the Queen's 90th birthday celebration at Windsor Castle last year, and is the exhibition's centrepiece.

Some 280 objects dating back to the late 18th century are on show for the exhibition, which include a variety of sculptures, textiles, ceramics, ornaments, bowls, weapons and clothing.

They are all on loan from UK muse-ums and the Fiji Museum.

The Queen visiting the UEA in 1968. Photo: University of East Anglia

The Queen visiting the UEA in 1968. Photo: University of East Anglia - Credit: University of East Anglia

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The exhibition was opened by the president of Fiji, Jioji Konousi Konrote, in October last year and finishes on February 12.

Celebrated naturalist Sir David Attenborough also attended the launch.

Director of the Sainsbury Centre, Prof Paul Greenhalgh, said: 'It is a huge privilege to welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. I am sure they will enjoy this extraordi-nary show.'

During their visit, the Royal couple will meet the exhibition's curators

Prof Steven Hooper, Dr Karen Jacobs and Katrina Talei Igglesden, Sainsbury Centre staff, representatives of UEA Student's Union, and Fijian students enrolled at the UEA.

They will also be greeted by Fijian High Commissioner to the UK, Jitoko Tikolevu.

The Queen opens and names a new building at the UEA in 1994. Photo: University of East Anglia

The Queen opens and names a new building at the UEA in 1994. Photo: University of East Anglia - Credit: University of East Anglia

Visit www.scva.ac.uk for details about the exhibition.

QUEEN'S 1953 FIJI VISIT

The Queen visited the South Pacific island of Fiji in December 1953.

Joined by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, it was part of a tour of the Commonwealth.

On Saturday, December 19, 1953, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on the final day of the young Queen's tour of Fiji.

It said the Royal couple spent most of the day at Lautoka, on the northern coast of Viti Levu, which was the headquarters of the island's sugar industry.

The visit was made in the New Zealand flying boat Aotearos, which flew from Suva on the south coast of Fiji.

Some 20,000 'excited' Fijians and Indians welcomed the Royal couple with flowers.

The Queen and Duke later visited an athletics sports meeting that day.

During that occasion the Queen wore A short-sleeved pale blue dress with a white and black flower design, a pale blue hat and white shoes.

Her husband wore a lightweight blue suit and brown soft felt hat.

After the couple left the sports event, police and ex-servicemen linked arms to hold back thousands of people eager to see the Royal pair.

On leaving Lautoka, the Queen said she 'had a lovely day'.

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