The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Fiji on a two-day visit as part of their six-month Commonwealth Tour on this day in 1953-
After receiving local chiefs aboard the Royal Liner ‘SS Gothic’, the Queen and Duke arrived in the Fijian Capital of Suva, where they were greeted by officials and silence, a great mark of respect. Afterwards, they attended a traditional Fijian Welcome at Albert Park in Suva, where they received the Fijian chiefs and gifts, including whale’s teeth.
On their way to the Banquet that evening, the Queen (wearing her Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara) and Duke were escorted by torch-carrying outriders on their way to the Grand Pacific Hotel.
On the second day, the Queen attended a service at the Anglican Cathedral in Suva and visited the Adi Cakoban School for girls before flying to Lautoka.