I’ve added a link on the right for the official website of Tonga’s monarchy. As you know, Tonga’s King (George) Siaosi Tupou V recently passed away in Hong Kong. He was 63 years old. I discovered the official site while looking up information on the king.
King George Tupou V came to the throne in 2006 after the death of his father, King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV.
Interestingly, Taufa’ahau Tupou resisted all changes that affected his powers. For 40 years he ruled a monarchy that was borderline absolute. When his son ascended the throne upon his death, the new King Tupou V faced rioters calling for political reforms. The riots became so widespread that they delayed his coronation for two years. In the interim, the king swiftly assembled a framework that established several political reforms. Satisfied, the people cheered the new king’s democratic policies, and he was crowned in a lavish coronation ceremony which echoed those of Europe’s monarchs.
Queen Salote Tupou III was the grandmother of King Tupou V. Salote was a popular figure in her homeland as well as in Britain, where she attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Despite the rain, Salote smiled and waved in her open-top carriage as a sign of respect to Elizabeth.