Prince Charles gets new Chief title on Vanuatu

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Prince Charles has been made an honorary high chief in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The Prince of Wales said his new title was a "very great honour". As part of the ceremony, he took a sip from a cup of special kava, known as Royal Kava, which was last consumed when his father, the Duke of Edinburgh visited the island in 1974. Prince Phillip is worshipped as a god by one Vanuatu tribe.

The visit came on the fourth day of his week-long tour of Australia where, joined by the Duchess of Cornwall for the first three days, he opened the Commonwealth Games. In the tradition of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, the heir to the throne took part in a series of rituals before being given the high chief name of Mal Menaringmanu.

Greeting crowds of thousands, he said: "Halo yufala euriwan", meaning "hello everybody". "I'm truly touched by the generous welcome shown to me today and by the very great honour you have bestowed on me in granting me the chiefly title," he said. He added: "Vanuatu, you are number one!"

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