Wednesday, 6 August 2008 9:52 AM

Duke of Gloucester addresses the Parliament

The Duke of Gloucester yesterday paid a visit to the Solomon Islands National Parliament where he was invited to address the Members of Parliament.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrived to a traditional welcome by warriors and were escorted into the chambers, where they were welcomed by the Speaker of Parliament, Sir. Peter Kenilorea. They were then presented with traditional shell money necklaces, before the Royal address.

HRH the Royal Duke of Gloucester stated that 30 years ago when he represented the Queen for the handing over of Independence from England, he was very much newly married and Solomon Islands was one of his first Royal duties.

The Duke of Gloucester stated that he is very happy to have visited the beautiful and fertile Solomon Islands and although Solomon Islands is a small country compared to the world standards, it has so much to offer.

"The most important lesson is that, one can achieve more when working with others. I am well aware of the great honor that has been shown towards my royal visit to the Solomon Islands country," said the Duke of Gloucester.

The Royal Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will leave the Solomon Islands today.

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