Like grandmother, like grandson! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently visiting Fiji as the second leg of their first 16-day overseas tour together, and the couple relived a major Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip memory while there. The newlyweds posed on the balcony of the Grand Pacific Hotel on Tuesday, Oct. 23 — just as the Queen and Philip did back in 1953. How iconic?
While the Queen wore a ball gown-type dress and a crown for her moment 65 years ago, Meg, 37, opted for a more casual look — a flowy, long sleeve white dress and a matching fascinator (the frock adorably showed off the pregnant Duchess’ growing belly). Harry opted for a gray suit with a black tie — and he proudly showed off his medals as well!
Elizabeth, 92, is a frequent visitor of that hotel, having been there five times. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, has also been a guest there on several occasions, so it makes sense why the parents-to-be chose to stay there. “This visit is particularly nostalgic for us as a young married couple — my grandparents stayed in this very hotel, the Grand Pacific, a number of times over the years,” Harry, 34, shared at the evening gala, according to People.
And it seems they’re glad they stayed there! The red-headed royal gushed over how lovely their visit has been so far, sharing that they’ve been “overwhelmed by the warm Fijian welcome we received from the people of these beautiful islands this afternoon in Albert Park, and all the way from the airport! It really is a privilege to be here.”
— Fijian Government (@FijianGovt) October 23, 2018
The Duke of Sussex added, “As you know, Fiji has a long tradition of welcoming royal visitors over the years and our two countries have enjoyed a close relationship and friendship. We share Commonwealth values and common goals — a love of rugby and a sense of humor! Our ties run deep.”
“Your soldiers fought with the British Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars and continue to serve alongside our soldiers to this day, with more than 1,250 Fijians currently serving,” he continued. “I must emphasize my respect, admiration, and camaraderie with the Fijian soldiers that I served with in Afghanistan. We trained together, we fought together, and most importantly, we laughed together.” We’re looking forward to seeing more photos from their royal visit!
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