Sunday, March 18, 2012

The King is Dead, Long Live the King

From the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga:

19 March, 2012. The Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano made a brief announcement to the nation this morning at 7:00 AM on radio in Tongan language, of the passing away of Tonga's Monarch.
He said...'It is with deep humility and profound sorrow, shared by the Royal Family, Nobles, Government, Church Leaders, and the people of Tonga, that I respectfully announce the most lamentable passing away of His Majesty King George Tupou V, which occurred in Hong Kong, at 3:00 PM on 18th March 2012, during his visit there.'

He added that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka was at his bedside when the King passed away.

Today, let us joined together in prayer for the Royal Family and the people of Tonga, as the Prime Minister concluded the sad announcement.

Further details and the arrangements for the State Funeral will be made known once available.
Long live His Majesty ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho, the new King of Tonga


  1. Sad to hear of King George Tupou`s death. I have read a great deal about the Tongan Royal Family, and the late King`s grandmother, Queen Salote, is still remembered here in the UK. Tonga will be equally well served by it`s new monarch. God save the King !!!

  2. Very sad and surprising, he was only 63, and by all accounts, in good health. He will certainly be missed, his calm leadership during Tonga's embarrassing riots in 2006 was commendable, as was his efforts to reform the country's economy and land ownership system. I know King Aho'eitu Unauki'otonga Tuku'aho will be a fitting successor to his brother's legacy.


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