20 Aug 2012

Royal visit expecting to shine media spotlight on Tuvalu

5:21 am on 20 August 2012

Tuvalu plans to take advantage of the media spotlight as it welcomes Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge next month.

Prince William and his wife Catherine will stay overnight on the atoll of Funafuti.

Assistant Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Pasuna Tuaga, says locals are looking forward to the visit which has been extended from the few hours originally planned.

He says a plane load of media is expected to arrive first followed by the royal entourage of about fifteen people.

He says the couple's itinerary is still being finalised but it will include showing how the low lying atoll is affected by climate change.

"Most importantly it is (showing) our culture, the traditional way of welcome, at the same time we just want to take them out to the public, to meet with our school children, people at large. We are also going to showcase Tuvaluan traditional sports, canoe racing and also visit some of the coastal erosion sites."

Pasuna Tuaga says Tuvalu last welcomed the British royal family in 1982 when Queen Elizabeth visited.

Solomon Islands is also included in the couple's Pacific tour.