ROYAL TONGA TOUR – Harry and Meghan in stitches


Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were all smiles while watching a Tongan choir perform at a Queen’s Canopy ceremony on Friday (October 26) on the island of Tongatapu.

The royal couple enjoyed performances by the Tupou College Boys Choir — particularly an anti-mosquito song. The tiny island nation of Tonga was struck by an outbreak of the Zika virus in 2016. The performances were part of a ceremony which marked the entry of the Toloa Forest Reserve and the Eua National Park Forest Reserve into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of indigenous forest conservation initiatives.

The pair later met Tonga’s King Tupou VI and his wife, the Queen Consort Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho. Tonga is the only sovereign constitutional monarchy in Oceania that retains its own royal family, while the region’s other constitutional monarchies, like Australia and New Zealand, recognise Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as their head of state.

The visit by the British royal couple, who announced last week that they are expecting a child, follows a tour of Fiji and Australia, where they will return for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney, before wrapping up in New Zealand.