26 Jun 2015

Tonga prepares for King's Coronation

8:22 am on 26 June 2015

Preparations are well underway in Tonga for the King's coronation celebrations which start this weekend.

Festivities around King George Tupou VI's coronation

Festivities around King George Tupou VI's coronation Photo: RNZI

The first official event, the Royal Kava Ceremony, takes place on Saturday in Nuku'alofa.

Festivities around King George Tupou VI's coronation last ten days and include a fashion show, a royal luncheon, military parade, and traditional dances performed by villages and schools.

People are busy cleaning, rehearsing their dances and preparing gifts to be presented at the ceremonies.

Social media has been alive with photos and comments about the preparations underway.

The run up also features an exhibition showcasing the relationship between the King, Nobles and local people.

Today a block party will take place on Taufa'ahau Road which everyone is invited to attend wearing a "sei" - a hair accessory made up of flowers, commonly worn in the Pacific.

The King, who has replaced his late brother George Tupou V, will be formally crowned at the Pangai Lahi field and the Royal Palace compound on July the 4th.

Preparations are well underway in Tonga for the King's coronation celebrations.

Preparations are well underway in Tonga for the King's coronation celebrations. Photo: RNZI

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