Sunday, March 18, 2012

King George Tupou V, rest in peace.

Photo: courtesy NZ Herald.

The King of Tonga has died in Hong Kong, sparking an outpouring of grief in the Pacific nation.

King George Tupou V, 63, went into an intensive care unit in a Hong Kong hospital about 10 days ago but his condition rapidly deteriorated and he died last night.

Last year, the King had a liver transplant and was given a clean bill of health.

The Tongan Government confirmed his passing on Tongan radio this morning. A statement from the government is expected later this morning.

These were taken during Pasifika two years ago. Many of my students are from Tonga. This post is for them.

The Prince of Tonga himself graced the occasion. My Tongan Student Ma'ata cnfirmed that that the young man seated at the gazebo was her prince. His loyal subjects sat on the ground behind him.

The Tongan brass band played when I was there to see if I could see my student Ellinna performing.

They are wearing their mat lava lava (sarong) on top of their fabric lava lava. This is a very formal occasion.



Ginny Hartzler said...

Gosh, and right after a clean bill of health...what happened to him?

Liz said...

It's sad to see a great person go. This is a nice tribute to him. Have a fabulous week.

Yellow Heart

Lina Gustina said...

My condolence. Another great person has left this world.


Kim, USA said...

Beautiful tribute to a good leader and King of his land, may he rest in peace.


Joe Todd said...

Very nice tribute

rainfield61 said...

The end of a legend.

Eden said...

This is a beautiful tribute to him. May he rest in peace.

Jessica said...

very beautiful tribute :-) Visiting from MYM, hope that you can return a yellow visit too.