BY MIKE TUA
HIS Royal Highness Prince Charles has conveyed the greetings of His Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the Members of Parliament during His address to the joint sitting of the Solomon Islands National Parliament yesterday.
“I am honestly delighted to be able to join all of you here and to bring you here the warmest greetings from Her Majesty the Queen; who has asked me to convey her heartfelt best wishes to this assembly,” Prince Charles conveyed in Parliament.
The Prince expressed happiness for the opportunity to visit the leaders and people of the Solomon Islands.
“Therefore, I cannot tell you the pleasure that gives me to have this opportunity to visit the Solomon Islands and to be able to speak to you here at the very heart of Solomon Islands democracy.
“It’s none been my wish to visit these islands, having heard so much about from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Phillip) following their own visits, which they both recalled so fondly.
“I remember my father telling me about the warmest welcome [he was given] in his first visit here in 1959. Where an extraordinary multitude of canoes was paddled out to a fleet of royal battalion, which was in Gizo Island.
“Much more recently my son and daughter-in-law (Duchess of Cambridge) greatly enjoy their time in the Solomon Islands in 2012 as part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations and they were both enormously touched by the welcome extended to them.
“Over the years, I have the particular pleasure to meeting a large number of remarkable people from these islands, either in London or at the Commonwealth heads of government meetings or gatherings,” he said.
Prince Charles has visited Honiara on an official trip without his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.