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.
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.
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.
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.
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 herebeginning 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