Queen Elisabeth II draws big crowds as she visits UEA for Fiji exhibition


The University of East Anglia (UEA) welcomed on Friday the 27th of January Her Majesty The Queen. They visited the Fiji exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre.

The Queen and was greeted by hundreds of people at their arrival at UEA and they were received by UEA Vice Chancellor Professor David Richardson and the Fijian High Commissioner to the UK, Mr Jitoko Tikolevu, before starting their tour of  the exposition ‘Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific’.

This will mark the Queen’s first visit to the University since 1968. The Director of the Sainsbury Centre, Prof Paul Greenhalgh, said to the EDP about the Queen’s visit to the exposition: “It is a huge privilege to welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. I am sure they will enjoy this extraordinary show.”

Spectators came from all parts of Norfolk to see the Queen visiting UEA. Charlotte Greenbury a Broadcast Journalism student said “I missed her arrival but I’m really excited about her visiting”. Another UEA student, who didn’t want to give her name, said “it is quite good that she is visiting as they don’t usually come to this side of the country”. Rob Klim a UEA student who collaborates with Livewire “Its underwhelming seeing her, it’s nice having the head of state come to UEA”

A Chinese student at UEA felt the visit was too short and would have hoped she had stayed longer. Marta Fernandez, came to campus to see Her Royal Highness but was a bit disappointed “it was too short, she arrived and she didn’t even address the crowed. She could at least turned around and wave.”


A policeman, who for security reasons couldn’t give us his name “I’m happy for Norfolk and the Constabulary, my own school is here and it’s an honour having the longest British monarch and my day of work has been lovely, bright and sunny and with the Queen’s visit”


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