Our flag flies for the Queen

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Fiji was among na­tions to fea­ture in a star-stud­ded cel­e­bra­tion of The Queen’s 90th birth­day in the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle, Lon­don, yes­ter­day. The Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces band, spe­cially in­vited at the Queen’s re­quest, won rounds ap­plause as it per­formed. And our flag also got a spe­cial place. At the end of his per­for­mance top Bri­tish singer-song­writer Gary Bar­low jumped into a Union Jack dec­o­rated sports car and sped away from the arena with the Fi­jian flag fly­ing.

The smile on the face of her Her Majesty Queen El­iz­a­beth II af­ter the per­for­mance of the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Brass Band yes­ter­day was more than enough for the 45 mem­ber team.

The clap­ping that fol­lowed by those sit­ting from the Royal Box was a bonus.

Band leader, Lieu­tenant-Colonel Serevi Vananalagi, said their mis­sion to the UK has been ac­com­plished. But not with­out ob­sta­cles. “We did not get our band in­stru­ments un­til two days af­ter we ar­rived.” The Queen her­self was well aware of the sit­u­a­tion. Dur­ing an af­ter­noon tea hosted at the Wind­sor Cas­tle last Fri­day, the Queen en­quired with Lieu­tenant-Colonel Vananalagi whether they had re­ceived their mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.She said the hold up was be­cause of cus­toms clear­ance. Six team mem­bers from each par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­try were in­vited for the late af­ter­noon tea party. Her Majesty also thanked the RFMF brass band for com­ing and be­ing part of the show. Across the UK yes­ter­day, the Queen’s 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions was aired live on ITV. The RFMF band are ex­pected to touch down at Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Maraia Vula. An­other photo:

Photo: Kini Waqa

The Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Brass Band wowed the crowd yes­ter­day dur­ing the Queen’s 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions at Wind­sor Cas­tle, Lon­don.

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