In Pictures: Prince enjoys island life

The Prince of Wales has been honoured on the island nation of Vanuatu.

In the tradition of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, Charles took part in a series of rituals as he was given the high chief name of Mal Menaringmanu.

(Steve Parsons/PA)
(Steve Parsons/PA)

Charles' father, Prince Philip, is worshipped as a deity on the island.

(Steve Parsons/PA)
(Steve Parsons/PA)

Greeted by the locals in traditional dress and with painted faces, the prince smiled and waved as he walked across red ceremonial mats - one of the most deeply respected aspects of Vanuatu's traditions.

(Steve Parsons/PA)
(Steve Parsons/PA)

Charles picked up a hat and a bag for wife Camilla at a handicraft market, where he me scores of well-wishers.

The Prince of Wales greets well-wishers during a visit to Haos blong Handikraf (Steve Parsons/PA)
The Prince of Wales greets well-wishers during a visit to Haos blong Handikraf (Steve Parsons/PA)

The heir to the throne was given a grass skirt to wear prior to receiving a chiefly title during a visit to the Chiefs' Nakamal,

Charles is given a grass skirt to wear prior to receiving a chiefly title during a visit to the Chiefs' Nakamal, as he visits the South Pacific island of Vanuatu during his tour of the region (Steve Parsons/PA)
(Steve Parsons/PA)

After he delivered the traditional greeting of "Halo yufala euriwan", meaning "hello everybody", he said: "My visit, while far too brief, has nevertheless allowed me to experience for myself the warmth, generosity and spirit for which the people of Vanuatu are so justly famed."

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Islanders believe the Duke of Edinburgh is a figure from one of their legends.

(Steve Parsons/PA)

Charles delighted the crowds by declaring Vanuatu to be "number one!"

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