ROYAL SUNSET, ROYAL SUNRISE IN TONGA TAPU – MARCH 2012
Photo 2: The coffin carrying Tonga’s King George Tupou V was carried on a giant black and gold-topped catafalque by 150 pallbearers to the Royal Tombs in Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa Photo: Matangi Tonga & Reuters – Peter Poulsen.
Photo 1: Pall bearers carry the royal casket of Tonga’s late King George Tupou V into the Royal Tombs during his funeral in Nuku-alofa, Tonga Photo: AP, Published in The New Zealand Herald.
Photo 3: The new King Tupou VI looks on during the State Funeral held for King George Tupou V Photo: Sandra Mu/Getty Images
The funeral service mixed Tongan ritual with the Wesleyan Christian tradition of hymns, bible readings, prayers and eulogies.
Tonga, which comprises 170 islands, has a population of about 100,000 and lies about 2,120 km (1,320 miles) northeast of New Zealand. Its debt-stricken economy is dependent on tourism, fishing, growing crops, and earnings sent back by expatriates.
News report – The Telegraph UK.
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