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Coronation Of Tonga’s King

Coronation Of Tonga’s King
His Majesty King Tupou V1 with Crown Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga after the coronation ceremony at Nuku’alofa in Tonga yesterday. Photo: I’m Proud to be Tongan.
July 05
09:37 2015

The king of the Pacific island nation of Tonga, Tupou VI, has been formally crowned, more than three years after ascending to the throne.

Foreign royals, including the Crown Prince of Japan, attended the coronation ceremony in the capital, Nuku’alofa. Former King George Tupou V died in March 2012.

Fiji was represented by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, First Lady Adi Koila and Ratu Epeli Ganilau.

The coronation was the culmination of a week of festivities that included a traditional drinking rite, street parties and feasts.

The ceremony, performed by 78-year-old retired Methodist minister D’Arcy Wood, drew thousands of Tongans and tourists.

As well as Crown Prince Naruhito, the European royals Prince Georg von Habsburg of Hungary and Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg of Austria attended.

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