The RFMF Band, Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion to Queen’s birth­day have done us proud

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Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion that took part in Queen El­iz­a­beth’s 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions over the week­end. The grand cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded UK stars of stage and screen, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the royal guard and other in­vited guests who gath­ered at Wind­sor Cas­tle to pay trib­ute to Bri­tain’s long­est serv­ing monarch. A num­ber of UK me­dia out­lets la­belled the fi­nal night as “An evening of nos­tal­gia and reverie.” The night fea­tured royal pipers, drum­mers, a caber toss­ing dis­play, 900 horses, danc­ing horse guards and equestrian per­for­mances. And of course among the per­form­ers was the 45-mem­ber Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Brass Band. They were spec­tac­u­lar. The dou­ble-hull ca­noe, Adi Eta, which was show­cased over the four nights was a show-stop­per. Many Fi­jians who watched the live show on iTV in the UK proudly took videos and posted it on so­cial me­dia plat­forms. Be­hind the scenes, the band faced a num­ber of chal­lenges. Two days af­ter ar­riv­ing in the UK, they did not re­ceive their mu­si­cal in­stru­ments. This fi­nally came through af­ter cus­toms clear­ance. The cold weather was a mi­nor set-back. Team leader, Lieu­tenant-Colonel Serevi Vananalagi, said it was hec­tic. But they had ac­com­plished their mis­sion. The smile on the Queen’s face af­ter their per­for­mance was enough. Joji Ma­rau, the de­signer and builder of the dou­ble hull ca­noe puts it aptly: “I am glad the Fiji Del­e­ga­tion per­for­mance in the fi­nal and main event last night at the main arena and in Wind­sor Cas­tle was well ac­knowl­edged by Her Majesty the Queen.”

The in­vi­ta­tion to per­form in Wind­sor is the first for the RFMF. They are nor­mally in­vited to the an­nual Royal Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too – which the RFMF brass band will at­tend in Au­gust. No doubt they will do Fiji proud once more!

Photo: Hen­ri­ette Pleiger

Fiji was among na­tions to fea­ture in a star-stud­ded cel­e­bra­tion of Queen El­iz­a­beth’s 90th birth­day at the the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle.

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