The Royal couple’s chartered jet touched down on the Polynesian island – which is the fourth-smallest country in the world – in the early hours of this morning, where the island’s entire population of 10,500 appeared to have turned out to welcome them.
The islanders had promised the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be carried off their aircraft, in keeping with the tradition of carrying visitors who arrive by sea, but the Royal couple had no idea how it would happen until the moment they arrived.
The couple looked delighted when 25 men in traditional Polynesian dress emerged with the home-made double throne, on which they were carried to a tribal hall on the main island of the group for a raucous welcoming ceremony, known as a falekaupule ceremony.
Garlands of flowers were placed on the heads of the Duke and Duchess, like crowns, before the couple began a tour of the main island.
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