So, after a little research, this image comes from the BBC:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are carried from a boat to a plane in Marau during their Diamond Jubilee tour of South East Asia and the South Pacific. Prince William and Catherine are representing the Queen on a visit to Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
After a little more research on the history of the Solomon Islands and the arrival of European imperialist forces:
Ships of the Spanish explorer Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira first sighted Santa Isabel island on 6 February 1568. Finding signs of alluvial gold on Guadalcanal, Mendaña believed he had found the source of King Solomon’s wealth, and consequently named the islands “The Islands of Solomon”. In 1595 and 1605 Spain again sent several expeditions to find the islands and establish a colony, however these were unsuccessful. In 1767 Captain Philip Carteret rediscovered the Santa Cruz Islands and Malaita. Later, Dutch, French and British navigators visited the islands; their reception was often hostile.
Sounds justifiable to me…
European powers traded “claims” in the Pacific like trading cards:
Missionary activity then started at the mid 19th century and European colonial ambitions led to the establishment of a German Protectorate over the Northern Solomons, following an Anglo-German Treaty of 1886. A British Solomon Islands Protectorate over the southern islands was proclaimed in June 1893. German interests were transferred to the United Kingdom under the Samoa Tripartite Convention of 1899, in exchange for recognition of the German claim to Western Samoa.
Typical colonialist expansion. Makes this photo all the more disgusting. Hope they’re going to toss his ass into the ocean or something…