Fijian officials say the public holiday was a 'burden' on the country Her importance in Fiji has disappeared after the island nation became a republic 25 years ago, officials said The Queen's face on Fijian currency was replaced with new designs of native flora and fauna last year Former British-ruled nations such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada continue to celebrate the holiday
Fiji is to scrap the public holiday to mark The Queen’s birthday because the government there believes she is irrelevant.
Officials on the former colony also said the move, which comes 25 years after the country was made a republic, was because the day off was a ‘burden’ for the country.
The Queen’s likeness had already been removed from Fijian coins and has been replaced with images of local flora and fauna.
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