RFMF’s Chan­dra At Buck­ing­ham Palace Event

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MAIKA BOLATIKI Edited by Epineri Vula

Ase­nior non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer with the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces study­ing at Ox­ford Univer­sity in Eng­land was de­lighted to be nom­i­nated by Fiji’s High Com­mis­sioner to the United King­dom Ji­toko Tikolevu to at­tend the Queen’s Gar­den Party at the Buck­ing­ham Palace lawn on May 15.

The gar­den party, the first in a se­ries this year, her­alds the start of the sum­mer sea­son. War­rant Of­fi­cer Class 1 (WO1) Betty Chan­dra was one of the four Fi­jian stu­dents nom­i­nated by Mr Tikolevu.

“There was an­other Fi­jian stu­dent, whom I did not meet, who was to have at­tended; there are an­other two gar­den par­ties left in Lon­don. Two other Fi­jian stu­dents were nom­i­nated as well to at­tend the sec­ond one,” she said.

WO1 Chan­dra said she was among 8000 guests who min­gled on the palace grounds dur­ing the gar­den party. The Queen was joined by the Duke of York and the Earl and Count­ess of Wes­sex on the palace lawns for the gar­den party herald­ing the start of the sum­mer sea­son which in­cludes Royal As­cot and Troop­ing the Colour.

Gar­den par­ties have been held at Buck­ing­ham Palace since the 1860s when Queen Vic­to­ria, Queen El­iz­a­beth’s great great grand­mother, be­gan what were known as “break­fasts”, although they took place in the af­ter­noon.

To­day the Queen hosts three gar­den par­ties a year at Buck­ing­ham Palace and one at Holy­rood­house in Ed­in­burgh, with more than 30,000 peo­ple at­tend­ing in to­tal. WO1 Chan­dra, who works as ad­min­is­tra­tion per­son­nel at the Com­man­der’s Of­fice at Strategic Head Quar­ters, Berke­ley Cres­cent, is study­ing at the Ox­ford Univer­sity, pur­su­ing the Pro­gramme in Diplo­matic Ser­vices at the univer­sity.

There are four full­time cour­ses to the pro­gramme: Diplo­matic Prac­tice; In­ter­na­tional Pol­i­tics; In­ter­na­tional Trade and Fi­nance and Pub­lic In­ter­na­tional Law.

War­rant Of­fi­cer Class 1 (WO1) Betty Chan­dra was one of the four Fi­jian stu­dents nom­i­nated by Mr Tikolevu.

Photo: Betty Chan­dra

Betty Chan­dra sit­ting on the Buck­ing­ham Palace lawn. In­set is a copy of her in­vi­ta­tion card.

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