George Tupou V

George Tupou V

King of Tonga
Date of Birth: 04.05.1948
Country: Tonga

  1. Biography of King George Tupou V
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Accession to the Throne
  4. Coronation and Reign

Biography of King George Tupou V

King George Tupou V of Tonga has postponed his coronation indefinitely, believing that holding celebrations in light of recent events is inappropriate. The coronation was scheduled for August 1, 2008, and was agreed upon by both the government and the parliament.

George Tupou V

Early Life and Education

George Tupou V, whose full name is Siaosi Taufa'ahau Manumataongo Tuku'aho Tupou V, became the King of Tonga on September 11, 2006, in the Royal Palace of Nuku'alofa. He is the eldest son of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and is also known by the traditional title of Tūtāhū chiefs.

George Tupou V

The future king studied at a primary school in Switzerland, the Tongan College, and the Australian college "Ningthton" in Sydney. He then completed his secondary education at the Royal College in Auckland, "The Leys School" in Cambridge. He went on to receive training at the University of Oxford and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

As the Crown Prince, Siaosi Taufa'ahau took an active role in Tongan politics. From 1979 to 1988, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Accession to the Throne

On September 10, 2006, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, the "King of the Friendly Islands," passed away in Australia. The following day, George Tupou V was sworn in as the king. However, a month later, riots broke out in Tonga, resulting in the looting of the capital, Nuku'alofa. Tourists started leaving the country, and many saw this as a terrible mystical sign, as the traditional centuries-old procedure of power transition was disrupted.

The official mourning period for all subjects of the kingdom in honor of the deceased king ended on October 17. Members of the royal family underwent specific rituals accompanying the hundred-day mourning period. After ten nights of mourning, all princesses had their hair cut, followed by offering sacrifices of domestic animals and the kava plant Pongipongi Tuku. Afterward, priests from surrounding villages performed the ceremony of the "sacred hands" - Nima Tapu. On the last day of the family mourning, the sacrifice of Pongipongi Tuku was supposed to be repeated, followed by a 24-hour vigil of the royal family members accompanied by complex rituals. The deceased, Taumafa Kava, was revered during this time. However, due to the riots, the concluding ceremony was not conducted.

Coronation and Reign

King George Tupou V postponed his coronation indefinitely, considering it inappropriate to hold celebrations in light of recent events. The coronation was scheduled for August 1, 2008, and was agreed upon by both the government and the parliament. During this time, George Tupou V carried out his duties as monarch.

The formal coronation took place at the Centennial Chapel in Nuku'alofa. Polynesian Archbishop Javis Bruce handed over the Tongan regalia to the new king, completing the ceremony by placing the crown on his head.

A few days before the coronation, George Tupou V announced the reduction of some of the monarch's powers, transferring them to the Prime Minister. The head of government is now responsible for day-to-day state affairs.

King George Tupou V is unmarried and has no children who would succeed him. He has an illegitimate daughter, Ilima Lei Toni, who gave birth to his grandson. However, according to Tongan law, he has no right to inherit the throne.