Monday, July 21, 2008
Matangi Tonga reports that King George Tupou V has elevated the Nobles Tungi and Tu'ipelehake to the rank of Prince. The newspaper also reported that according to a statement from the Lord Chamberlain in connection with the upcoming coronation, Tungi had been appointed Lord Bearer of the Crown and Tu'ipelehake Lord Protector of the Royal Regalia. In recognition of these services to the King, he elevated both nobles to the rank of Prince under his prerogative powers in a formal document known as an Act of Serjeanty. The new princes are to be addressed as "Their Serene Highnesses."The Tonga Post Office has also announced that it is releasing a commemorative stamp issue for the Coronation of King George Tupou V in his full coronation regalia. The stamps will go on sale on August 1, 2008, which is the day of the King's coronation. About 1,400 guests, including members some European and Asian Royal families are expected to attend that event, including Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Britain's Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. During the Coronation, Tonga will host between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors during the coronation. The new King was sworn in on September 11, 2006 following the death of his father, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.
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