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PHOTOS: Grand farewell for Tonga's King George Tupou V

Last updated on: March 28, 2012 13:12 IST

PHOTOS: Grand farewell for Tonga's King George Tupou V

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Thousands gathered to bid farewell to Tonga's King George Tupou V, who died on of an undisclosed illness on March 18. It is, however, known that the king had undergone a kidney transplant last year.

Tupou V was born on May 4, 1948, and was appointed crown prince on May 4, 1966. He was sworn in as King Tupou V on September 11, 2006.

A procession of around 1000 men took turns to shoulder a catafalque that carried the king's coffin at the funeral ceremony on Tuesday. The coffin was carried from the royal palace to the royal tombs.

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Image: The late King George Tupou V is carried to the Royal Tomb during the state funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula
Photographs: Sandra Mu/Getty Images

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School girls line the pathway to the Royal Tomb during the state funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula.

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The military lead the procession during the state funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula.

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The Catholic church is drapped in black and purple material for the state funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula.

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The new King Tupou VI greets New Zealand Governor General Sir Jeffrey Mateparae during the state funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula


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