Her Majesty has reminisced about her first trip to Tonga in a documentary. She joked about how she is not built for sitting cross-legged.
In the second part of ITV’s documentary, the Queen revealed the difficulties of sitting cross-legged, as is the custom in Tonga.
While the on-going documentary she recalled how she was welcomed with a performance of Polynesian nose flutes, during which she was required to sit with her legs crossed.
During the time of Her Majesty’s interview.
Asked by Elizabeth Kite, winner of a Queen’s Young Leaders Award, if she enjoyed her time in Tonga. Queen Elizabeth replied: “It was wonderful, indeed”.
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“We had people playing the nose flute outside the window. It was the most extraordinary thing. Sounds awfully uncomfortable but they play it rather well”.
“The only thing I personally found difficult was sitting cross-legged. It’s quite painful for people who are not built in the same direction”.
The Queen was welcomed to Tonga in 1953 by Queen Salote.
Queen Salote held a great open-air feast in her honour, where guests sat cross-legged around long and low tables. Queen, who has been head of state for 66 years, also talks of how she has met an awful lot of people in her role.
She says of Tonga: “I haven’t met the new king. But, you see, I haven’t been for such a long time. And, I’ve met an awful lot of people”.
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In the documentary, she is shown helping the Governor General of Papua New Guinea after knighting him and directing him: “Turn around the other way, because that’s where the cameras are”.