SOLOMONS PM ACCEPTS BRITISH ROYALS’ VISIT

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Times, Jan. 3, 2012) - Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has formally accepted a request from Buckingham Palace for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to undertake a royal visit to Solomon Islands middle of this year.

In a letter to Buckingham Palace Mr Lilo acknowledged the request made in a letter dated 28th October 2011 from the Queen's Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidvit.

The visit would be part of celebrations in the United Kingdom and throughout the world to mark the 60th anniversary of the ascension to the British Throne by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

The Prime Minister says that he welcomes the proposal for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to make a Royal visit to the Solomon Islands to represent the Queen and bring Her Majesty's good wishes to Solomon Islands during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations will take place in the United Kingdom and the Sovereign of Sixteen nations would underline the significance of Her Majesty's role as Head of the Commonwealth.

As part of the planned celebrations the Queen has asked the Royal Family to undertake official visits to all Commonwealth Realms, including Solomon Islands on her behalf in 2012.

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