(VIDEOS) The Coronation of His Majesty King George Tupou VI of Tonga.

On the morning of Saturday, July 4, 2015, the coronation of His Majesty King George Tupou VI of Tonga took place at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in Nuku’alofa.  Once the crown was placed upon His Majesty’s head he officially became the 24th Tu’i Kanokupolu, an ancient Tongan title that pre-dates the monarchy by centuries.

Royal guests attending yesterday’s historic event included Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan as well as “… Prince Georg von Habsburg and Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg…” according to AFP News.  The news outlet also noted that more than “…15,000 people, mainly expatriate Tongans, flew in for the coronation…” 

Please click here to view a photo gallery from the newspaper, Matangi Tonga.

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(VIDEOS) TIHs Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan Visit Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

On Thursday, July 2, 2015, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan departed from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to attend the coronation of His Majesty King George Tupou VI in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The coronation will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in Nuku’alofa.  Following the ceremony a luncheon will be held at the Royal Palace.  In the evening, a gala dinner held at the Masefield Naval Base in Touliki Moor.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Meets with The King and Queen of Tonga.

qeii-2012On October 10, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II met with Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga at Buckingham Palace in London.

According to the Tongan newspaper, Matangi, Their Majesties “…are currently visiting the city in preparation for Tupou VI’s coronation next year.  They are scheduled to return to Tonga on October 30.”

Click here to view photos.

News Regarding Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala and Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho Fakafanua of Tonga. (VIDEO)

On July 28, 2012, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala and Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho Fakafanua of Tonga were presented with the “…Knight and Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I…” in an investiture ceremony in London.

And, something special

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala of Tonga Finally Marries (VIDEO)

On Thrusday, July 12, 2012, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala of Tonga married his second cousin, Ms. Sinaitakala Tu’imatamoana ‘i Fanakavakilangi Fakafanua.

The wedding, held at the Centenary Church in Nuku’alofa, was presided over:

… by Rev Dr ‘Ahio, Royal Chaplain and President of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga. The hymns and anthem were sung by the combined choir of the Maopa and Kolomotu’a districts conducted by Mr Makanesi Tokotaha and Mr Tevita Fifita.

Afterward there was a lovely reception held at the Pangai Si’i.  To read more about the wedding as well as to view photos please click here.

Source: Matangi Tonga

Random Royal News Regarding the Tongan Royal Family. Plus, News Regarding the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai’i.

On March 30, 2012, His Majesty King Tupou VI of Tonga announced his heir to the Tongan throne at “…his residence Liukava.” Prince ‘Ulukalala, the king’s eldest son, is now known as His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala of Tonga.

On April 5, 2012, members of the Tongan royal family ended their ten days of mourning by participating in the traditional hair-cutting ceremony.  To read more about today’s event as well as to view photos please click here.

Meanwhile in Hilo, Hawai’i, preparations are underway for the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival an event which “… honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of our traditions, native language and the arts…”

Yay!   🙂 As you may or may not know by now, I am a huge  supporter as well as fan of this week-long celebration… so yeah, I’m going to promote this amazing festival on my silly little blog.   🙂

Any way, if you are interested watching the hula competitions via live stream on KFVE 5  please click here  beginning on April 12-14 at 6pm Hawai’i time.  Or, if you happen to live on the Big Island or will be vacationing there starting April 8 why not check it out?  You won’t regret it.  For more information about the 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival please visit their official website here.

Sources: Matangi Tonga Online and Merriemonarch.com

Poster courtesy of Merriemonarch.com

The Funeral of the late King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga (VIDEOS)

The late King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga was laid to rest at the royal tombs Mala’e Kula on March 27, 2012.

Prior to the late king’s final resting place there was a two-hour state funeral at the royal palace in Nuku’alofa attended by thousands of people as well as international dignitaries.

Now, all eyes are on the new king, Tupou VI, and many are wondering how he will fare in his new role as the King of Tonga.

Click the links below to watch videos, view photos and to read an article about the new king, Tupou VI.

Source: Matangi Tonga Online

Photo courtesy of Daylife

The Late King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga Arrives Home

According to the newspaper, Matangi Tonga Online, the late King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga arrived at Fua’amotu Airport early this afternoon.  Soon, the late king arrived at “…Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa where he will Lie in State on a night of royal vigil.”  

The late King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V’s state funeral will take place tomorrow March 27, 2012.  His final resting place will be at the Royal Tombs Mala’ekula.

To read two recent articles as well as to view photos please click here and here.

Source: Matangi Tonga Online

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata “Formally Becomes the King of Tonga” Plus, An Update Regarding the Funeral of the late King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga (VIDEO)

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata of Tonga has been formally proclaimed as King Tupou VI of Tonga by the declaration from Tongan government Cabinet Secretary, Busby Kautoke.  Click here for more detailed information.

Meanwhile, it seems that next Wednesday’s funeral for the late King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga in Nuku’alofa may not happen at all.

According to TV New Zealand, King Tupou VI is allegedly “…at odds with the organising committee back home…”  The funeral could take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 instead.

Click here to watch a video news report.

Click here to read the article from Matangi Tonga Online.

Sources: TVNZ and Stuff.co.nz

Photo courtesy of Matangi Tonga Online

The Late King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga’s Funeral to be Held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

According to Matangi Tonga Online, the late King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.  The late king “… will lie in state at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa for two days…”  His final resting place will be at the royal tombs Mala’e Kula, Nuku’alofa.

Government officials in Tonga have also announced that there will be “… an official period of mourning until June 19, 2012…” for the late king.

For more detailed information please click here and here.

UPDATE:

The state funeral will take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

Sources: Matangi Tonga Online and TV New Zealand

The Future of the Tongan Monarchy (VIDEO)

With the sudden death of His Majesty King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga some are wondering how the king’s heir and brother, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata, “… will cope as the head of the Tongan monarchy.”  

One News/TV New Zealand has a special report about the future of the Tongan monarchy.

Click here to watch a video news report.

(click where it says ‘All Eye on King Tupou’s Heir‘)

Click here to learn more about Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata

His Majesty King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga Has Died (VIDEOS) UPDATE!

His Majesty King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V of Tonga has died in Hong Kong on Sunday.  The newspaper, Matangi Tonga Online who broke the story, claims His Majesty “… was rushed to hospital early this afternoon but it is understood that he had passed away a few hours later.”

According to AFP News there has been no confirmation or comments from “…Tongan authorities nor palace officials…” at this hour.   However, a “…statement was expected following Monday’s cabinet meeting.”

The last major public appearance by His Majesty was on February 24, 2012, when he met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.  Click here to watch a view news report about his visit.

To read the original report about His Majesty’s passing from Matangi Tonga Online please click here.

UPDATE:

The prime minister of Tonga, Lord Siale’ataonga Tu’ivakano, has officially confirmed the death of His Majesty King Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho (George) Tupou V.  The king died in a Hong Kong hospital with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka by his bedside.  

Click here for more information.

A 2011 Interview with King Siaosi (George) Tupou V of Tonga

Sources: AFP News and MTO