Prince Charles Joins Fijian Black Watch Soldiers In Traditional Celebration

Traditional dance and song marked 50 years since Fiji’s independence.

Five Fijian soldiers have visited Prince Charles at his Birkhall estate in Scotland, to mark the 50th anniversary of Fijian independence.

An arrival ceremony saw personnel from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland present His Royal Highness, Royal Colonel of The Black Watch since 2006, with a Tabua before traditional song and dance took over.

Sergeant Lawaci, who was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal in 2005 for his services in Iraq, offered the gift – historically used as a notion of esteem between chiefs and now at prestigious events.

The group went on to dance the ‘Lakalaka’, a celebration of life traditionally performed at formal Fijian events including the birthday of the king.

HRH also watched a recorded dance of the ‘Raude’ by Fijian Soldiers at Fort George who were unable to attend the socially-distanced event.

He offered his “warmest and heartfelt greetings” to the Republic of Fiji on the anniversary.

The five-strong group of soldiers also sang ‘Red, White and Navy Blue’, a Second World War song based on the Fijian Army supporting the British Army.

Cover image: Prince Charles meets the soldiers in Scotland (Picture: Clarence House).