The Sainsbury Centre will be closed to the public for the duration of the visit. Our car park will also be closed. Visitors are welcome to come and watch from outside the building.
The Sainsbury Centre is delighted to announce that we will be welcoming Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to the building at the University of East Anglia (UEA) campus on Friday 27 January, when they will visit our landmark Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific exhibition.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be greeted by Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson and the Fijian High Commissioner, Mr Jitoko Tikolevu, before being given a tour of the exhibition - the most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji ever assembled.
Director of the Sainsbury Centre Prof Paul Greenhalgh said: “It is a huge privilege to welcome The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. I am sure they will enjoy this extraordinary show.”
During the visit The Queen will also meet the exhibition’s curators Prof Steven Hooper, Dr Karen Jacobs and Ms Katrina Talei Igglesden from the Sainsbury Research Unit (SRU), Sainsbury Centre staff, representatives of UEA Student’s Union, and Fijian students currently enrolled at the University.
The exhibition includes a newly commissioned traditional Fijian sailing canoe, which featured in The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration at Windsor in May 2016. The Queen will also see the ceremonial whale tooth, or tabua, which was presented to Her Majesty on her first visit to Fiji in 1953 (see video below).
Afterwards, Her Majesty will meet staff, volunteers and contributors before unveiling a plaque to mark the visit.
Previous Royal visits to the University of East Anglia
This will be The Queen’s third visit to the University of East Anglia and the eighth by a member of The Royal Family. You can see more detail about these visits at www.uea.ac.uk/about/media-room/royal-visits-to-uea.
Video courtesy Archives New Zealand, The Department of Internal Affairs - Te Tari Taiwhenua