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Prince nears end of tour in Fiji
Prince Charles in Nadi, Fiji
A guard of honour greets Prince Charles' arrival in Fiji
Prince Charles has arrived in the South Pacific islands of Fiji on the last leg of his overseas tour.

The prince travelled to the home village of the Fijian president Ratu Josefa Iloilo for a lengthy and formal traditional welcoming ceremony.

He is looking at work being done to protect the country's threatened coral.

The prince was presented with a whale's tooth - a tabua - to symbolise the historic links between Britain and its former colony turned republic.

He also tried some of the local brew - kava - which plays an important part in Fijian culture.

It is mildly narcotic and is said to leave drinkers with a furry tongue.

Anniversary blunder

BBC correspondent Peter Hunt said the audience applauded while the prince "sipped and smiled".

The concoction, which looks like muddy water, may have had an effect, our correspondent said.

The Prince of Wales waves to a crowd in Nadi, Fiji
The prince remains enthusiastic near the end of a busy tour
In his speech afterwards, Prince Charles mistakenly said that his last official visit to Fiji was in 1980 on the 10th anniversary of its independence.

In truth, his last visit was more than 30 years ago, in 1974, to celebrate 100 years since the country was pronounced a British colony.

Charles is nearing the end of a busy two-week tour of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.


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