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Funeral of Tonga’s King George Tupou V

  March 27, 2012 at 1:50 am by

The late King of Tonga, George Tupou V, was buried today following a state funeral in the South Pacific nation’s capital, Nuku’alofa. His body was returned to Tonga on Monday evening from Hong Kong, where he passed away on March 18th. The new King, Tupou VI, accompanied his elder brother’s body home. Thousands of Tongans lined the streets, dressed in mourning, as the King’s body made its way to the … Continue reading

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King George Tupou V Passes Away

  March 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm by

The King of Tonga, George Tupou V, has passed away in a Hong Kong hospital. The news was confirmed by the Prime Minister of Tonga, Lord Siale’ataonga Tu’ivakano, a short time ago. The King died this afternoon, March 18. According to media reports, the King’s brother, Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata, was by his side. King George Tupou was diagnosed with cancer last year, and underwent surgery in the US … Continue reading

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Tongan King’s Foreign Trip after Ferry Tragedy

  August 13, 2009 at 4:39 am by

There has been criticism in the New Zealand media of the Tongan King’s trip to Scotland recently. The criticism has arisen as Tonga has recently suffered the tragic sinking of a ferry, with many people perishing. At least 149 people were on board, with 54 survivors having being found, and 2 bodies. The number dead is unconfirmed. The ferry was in a questionable condition at the time, and for many … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Key Visits Tonga, Meets with King

  July 10, 2009 at 9:31 am by

On July 7 New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key began a series of official visits to Tonga, Samoa, Niue, and the Cook Islands. During the visit, Key will meet with all four Prime Ministers; he will also meet King George Tupou V of Tonga. The visits will last until July 10. The meeting (in fact meetings, plural) with the King took place on the 7th, the first being an audience … Continue reading

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