18 Jul 2008

Tonga to issues stamps to mark coronation of George Tupou V

12:42 pm on 18 July 2008

Tonga Post will release a commemorative stamp issue for the Coronation of King George Tupou V, featuring the king in his full coronation regalia.

Matangi Tonga reports that two stamps of one and five pa'anga will go on sale on the day of the Coronation which August the 1st.

The stamps were designed by Denise Durkin of Wellington in New Zealand, and will be available from the Tonga Philatelic Bureau.

According to the Tonga Government Information service, London tailors have designed the King's ceremonial robes and the uniforms of court officials, and a gold sceptre has been cast for the occasion.