There will be similar scenes of joy in Tuvalu where William and Kate are heading next.
Tuvalu like the Solomons was a colony of Great Britain. In fact, it was half a colony.
When the British were in charge it was called the Gilbert and Ellis Islands.
The Gilbertese were Micronesian while the Ellis Islanders were Polynesian and they decided to split on independence in the late 1970s.
So the Gilberts became Kiribati and the Ellis Islands, Tuvalu.
That connection to Britain is not so marked in Papua New Guinea which although it still has the Queen as head of state was a colony of Australia.
When the Solomon Islands Government recently went looking for a new police commissioner it did not turn to Australia. Rather it hired John Lansley, a British cop, once a chief superintendent at Barking and Dagenham, who had served as Assistant Commissioner in the Solomons under another Englishman, William Morrell, from 2003 to 2005.
They both left the Solomons when Australia offered to take over supplementing the pay of the Police Commissioner – provided he was an Australian. Shane Castles from the Australian Federal Police got the top job but it was not a happy experience.
The government of Manasseh Sogavare declared Castles persona non grata in 2006 and forbade him from returning to the Solomons from leave because he had authorised a raid on the Prime Minister’s office. That was all to do with the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the flight on a PNG Defence Force aircraft of Mr Sogavare’s chosen attorney-general, Julian Moti, who had skipped bail in Port Moresby while facing extradition proceedings over alleged child sex offences in Vanuatu.
Complicated? Yeah, that’s Melanesia for you.
But there is absolutely no doubt the Solomon Islanders put on a great show for the royal couple. And not only on their arrival.
I did see one report from the British press travelling with William and Kate suggest that almost the entire population of the Solomons had turned out to welcome them. Not quite. The Solomons has a population heading towards 600,000 and most of them do not live in Honiara or on Guadalcanal.
There are actually about 1,000 islands in the Solomons in nine main island groups.
Kate and William will be spending a night on one of those beautiful islands, Tavanipupu, just off Guadalcanal.
I can vouch for it being beautiful. We spent a couple of nights there many years ago after the wedding of my great journalistic colleague, Mary-Louise O’Callighan, to Joses Tuhanuku, who once led the trade union movement in the Solomons and is a former opposition leader.
The ties to Britain remain remarkably strong. Queen Elizabeth II herself visited the Solomons twice – in 1974 and 1982.
Prince William told guests at the meal put on at the Solomon Islands Governor-General’s residence that his grandmother had fond memories of the Solomon Islands.
"Our expectations were pretty high after what the Queen had told us," the Prince said. "But nothing had prepared us for the welcome we received."
During that second visit by the Queen in 1982, Prince Phillip had been alarmed at the high birth rate and said so publicly.
He was admonished by the then head of family planning in the Solomons who, incidentally, had a very large family.
According to Television New Zealand locals are hoping the Duke and Duchess leave Tavanipupu with more than just good memories.
"If a little surprise should happen in nine months time maybe Tuvanipupu Windsor?" TVNZ quoted one local as saying. "Or if it's a boy, Solomon. And later on he will become King Solomon."