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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge say goodbye to the Solomon Islands as they depart for Tuvalu

18th September 2012

Guide puppy Badger is stroked by The Duchess of Cornwall and Kimberley Walsh with Diamond Champion volunteer Madeline Mason (centre) who was nominated because of her work with as a volunteer with Guide DogsThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Guide puppy Badger is stroked by The Duchess of Cornwall and Kimberley Walsh with Diamond Champion volunteer Madeline Mason (centre) who was nominated because of her work with as a volunteer with Guide DogsThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bid farewell to Tuvalu, Soloman Islands, at the end of a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said goodbye to the South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands today as they left for the next leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour.

Their Royal Highnesses at the airport, a few miles from the capital Honiara, after spending the night at the island resort of Tavanipupu.

Tuvalu is the final stop in the nine-day tour. With a population of around 11,000 on nine tiny islands, it is the smallest of The Queen's realms. It became independent from the UK in 1978.

During the day Their Royal Highnesses will visit a primary school and a university campus and will stop to view a coconut tree planted by The Queen during her 1982 visit.

The Duke and Duchess will also view a canoe race and watch a local ball game before ending up at a mocked-up traditional Tuvaluan village, where the couple will view demonstrations of traditional crafts and cooking.

In the evening The Duke and Duchess will attend a traditional dinner, hosted by Governor-General Sir Iakoba Italeli.