Meghan and Harry will wrap up their travels in Tonga, with an appearance at Tupou College in Nuku’alofa to unveil the Queen’s Canopy Dedication.
Pupils from the college lined up welcoming Meghan and Harry singing
Tonga’s Tupou College is the oldest secondary school in the Pacific and was founded by a British missionary in 1866. At that time, they dedicated two forest reserves at the school’s on-site forest – the Toloa Forest Reserve.
Two forests where today admitted into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy by Harry and Meghan; the last remaining forest area on Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu, and the Eua National Park Forest Reserve, located at the Island of Eua. The work began in 2015, as a network of forest conservation program throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
More from Queenscommonwealthcanopy.org:
“The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), conceived by the Right Honourable Frank Field MP, was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, in 2015. The QCC is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 54 countries of the Commonwealth.
The QCC presents a rare opportunity to unite the whole Commonwealth family and save one of the world’s most important natural habitats – forests. By creating a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects, the QCC will mark Her Majesty the Queen’s service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations.”
Located Toloa on the island of Tongatapu, the college is boys’ secondary boarding school.
Meghan unveiled a dedication to the forest reserves.
After the engagement, Meghan was supposed to walk through the Tuloa forest on the island of Tonga with Harry but plans changed, and Harry went alone. The plan changed due to doctors’ advice since Tonga is one of the countries that the UK authorities have advised the Zika virus, which is transmitted via mosquitoes.
They later sat down for a performance by a boys’ choir serenaded the Duchess of Sussex with a spritely tune meant to help ward off against mosquitoes.
As the group of boys put on their show, complete with mosquito-like buzzing noises and group choreography, Meghan was spotted laughing and sharing in the moment with Harry who was seated next to her.
Hear the song below
Minister for agriculture Semisi Taurlangi Fakahau gave a speech in which he said it was imperative to protect the rainforest due to the rare flora and fauna being wiped out.
“One example of this is the rare local parrot called koki, hence the importance of treasuring these national reserves. In the forest one can glimpse the whole of Tonga. The generations of Tonga today and tomorrow are availed of the opportunity to learn from these forest sites.
Today Tonga becomes a full member of the QCC Intitaive which signifies the importance of Her Majesty’s long reign. A fountain of peace and prosperity for the people of Tonga for future generations. I wish your Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess a safe journey to the land of long white cloud New Zealand.”
Harry also gave a speech saying he and Meghan “are so pleased to be here today to mark the dedication of not one but two forest areas to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative, which started in 2015 in honour of my grandmother’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth,’ Prince Harry said in his speech.
Tonga is leading by example and understands deeply the impact of environmental changes because they directly affect these islands. Planting trees and conserving forests helps us in so many ways.
It is a simple but effective way to restore and repair our environment, clean the air, protect habitat and enhance our health and wellbeing.’”
A video from the visit:
“Before the couple left Tonga, the Duke and Duchess were driven to the Royal Palace for an audience with King Tupou VI and his wife Queen Nanasipau’u.
The couple entered the wooden, whitewashed palace and spent about 15 minutes inside with the Tongan royals.
They also shook hands with the Tongan ruler and his wife, with Meghan noticeably curtsying to the Queen.”
Meghan and Harry then walked to their chartered Qantas flight treated with a path lined with several large handmade tapa mats and children from local schools.
They stopped at the steps of the plane and thanked the princess.
‘Thank you so much for your hospitality,’ Meghan said.
Meghan and Harry had a wonderful time in Tonga
Okay guys! We’re only part way through the royal tour for the couple and I can’t get enough of the fab day dresses that are quickly defining Meghan’s personal style.
Meghan made a quick wardrobe change in Tonga out of her striped cotton Martin Grant dress, and into another midi dress, this time the Veronica Beard Cary dress.
She styled it with a pair of Banana Republic Madison pumps.
She accessorized it with the Pippa Small “Colette” Aquamarine Necklace
And her Adina Reyter 14k Gold Three Diamond Amigos Curve Earrings
Meghan and Harry will attend Australian Geographic Society Awards Sydney later tonight! So stay tuned!