The Prince of Wales surprised Papua New Guineans this morning at the Sir John Guise Stadium with his introduction in tok pisin.
“And what a remark able cultural display we have seen here this morning. The 'PNG Way' has been a wonderful production, showing something of the rich and vivid cultural traditions for which this country is so rightly famous. We congratulate you for a truly magnificent performance.
He said this was a great day and a magnificent spectacle.
“We are gathered here to celebrate The Queen's sixty years of service to others. I know how honoured Her Majesty is to be your Queen, a title borne by her with immense pride and renewed by the people of this great country upon independence in 1975,” he said.
He also paid tribute to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, who were alongside Australian troops during the terrible and arduous Kokoda campaign of World War II.
"I grew up with the stories of the extraordinary courage of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels which made possible the successes of the hard-fought campaign along the Kokoda Trail, so it was the proudest moment when I became your colonel-in-chief in 1984," the prince said in English.
He told the assembled soldiers their service in regional and international peacekeeping operations had been an enormous credit to PNG.
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