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Sainsbury Centre welcomes Her Majesty The Queen

The Sainsbury Centre was delighted to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to visit the landmark Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific exhibition, which runs until February 12 2017.

The Queen was 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.

Photo: Andi Sapey

During the visit The Queen met 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.

Photo: Andy Sapey

Her Majesty inspected a traditional Fijian sailing canoe, which featured in her 90th Birthday Celebration at Windsor in May 2016. The Queen also viewed a ceremonial whale tooth, or tabua, which was presented on her first visit to Fiji in 1953.

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At the conclusion of her visit Her Majesty  met staff, volunteers and contributors before unveiling a plaque to mark the visit.

Photo: Andi Sapey