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Zulu King's coronation postponed as court battle begins

The coronation of Zulu King Misuzulu has been postponed as a court battle begins over who should succeed the late King Goodwill Zwelithini. The coronation has been indefinitely postponed after Misuzulu put a halt to the ceremonies after devastating floods left 400 people dead. Prince Mbonisi – the uncle of Misuzulu – has contested his nephew’s right to the throne. The…
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A look at the Tongan line of succession

With King Tupou VI celebrating ten years on the Tongan throne, let’s take a look at the succession of this Polynesian country. The Kingdom of Tonga follows the male-preference cognatic primogeniture, meaning that only legitimate descendants of Tonga’s first king…
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Who is Tonga’s King Tupou VI?

Tupou VI is the King of Tonga and has reigned since 2012. He is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his accession to the throne on 18 March, and we are taking a look at the Tongan monarch on the occasion. ‘Aho‘eitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho was born on 12 July 1959 as the third son and youngest child of King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV and Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho ʻAhomeʻe in the…
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Tonga’s King returns to royal castle following tsunami

According various reports in local media, King Tupou VI of Tonga was evacuated from the royal palace shortly before a tsunami, triggered by the eruption of a volcano, hit his kingdom over the weekend. Several islands in the Pacific Ocean have issued tsunami warnings as a result of an eruption in an underwater volcano. A 1.2 meter high tsunami wave has hit the island state of Tonga on January 15th…
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Tongan Royal Family denies allegation late king covered up murder of Australian horse trainer

The Tongan royals have denied allegations that the late monarch covered up the murder of an Australian horse trainer. They reject the allegations that King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV covered up the murder of Australian George Brown close to four decades ago. Brown died in 1984, and his body was found burnt inside a car near Sydney. In a statement released by the Tongan Royal Family, the…
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