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Royal Couple visits USP Tuvalu Campus

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The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William talks to students of the USP Tuvalu campus.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited The University of the South Pacific’s Tuvalu Campus on Funafuti atoll on 18 September 2012. The brief visit was part of the royal couple’s last stop on their Asia-Pacific tour in Tuvalu, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee year of Prince William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton are the first members of the royal family to visit Tuvalu since the Queen in 1982. Their visit was expected to draw attention to the effects of rising sea levels in Tuvalu - the fourth-smallest country in the world. The royal couple was received at the USP Tuvalu campus by the campus Director, Mr David Manuella, who extended a warm welcome to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on behalf of the University. During their time at the campus, the royal couple heard a poem by one of the students highlighting climate change from a youth perspective. The campus also organised displays on climate change for the royal couple. Students of the Tuvalu campus were excited and eager to meet and talk with the royal couple. “This was a once in a life-time opportunity for not only the students of the campus but also for the people of Tuvalu to see Prince William and his wife in person,” added Mr Manuella. The visit concluded with presentation of gifts from the campus to the royal couple. Prince William and his wife spent a night in Tuvalu before flying back to London.

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