18 Sep 2006

Preparations continue for funeral of late King of Tonga

5:58 am on 18 September 2006

International dignitaries are still pouring into to Nukualofa as preparations continue for the funeral tomorrow of the late King of Tonga.

The Prime Minister, Feleti Sevele, says all those involved with the funeral are working hard to ensure the late King is honoured in a traditional and appropriate way.

The final mourning begins later today with prayers and songs that will carry on until tomorrow at dawn.

Tomorrow has been declared a public holiday in Tonga.