His Late Majesty King George Tupou V lies-in-state at the Throne Room at the Royal Palace.
This is the tradition where the Royal Casket will be placed on view to allow members of the Royal Family, Heads of States and Government and the public at large to pay their last respect
Mounting of the Catafalque Party
The Royal Casket will be places on a catafalque and is guarded, around the clock, by detachments each of two to four Royal Guards from the following units.
Lauaki, the Traditional Royal Undertaker and the clan from the Ha'atufunga, also known as the ‘nima tapu' (sacred hands) will oversee the procession of the vigil.
Royal Family Prayer Service
The procession for Vigil and Prayer Service will commence with the Royal Family Prayer Service led by the Royal Chaplain, assessed by the Choir and members of the Nuku'alofa Free Wesleyan Centenary Church.
Paying Respects to His Late Majesty King George Tupou V
Around eight in the morning on Tuesday, March 27, Lord Glenarthur and Friends of His Late Majesty started the paying of Last respects to His Late Majesty.
Heads of Diplomatic Missions soon followed thereafter, together with Special Envoys and Other Representatives of Foreign Governments as escorted by Court Officers to pay their respects.
From nine in the morning, Heads of States and members of the Overseas Royal Families paid their respects to the Late Monarch.
Order of Procession
• Hon. Toke Talagi, Premier of Niue
• His Majesty King Tuiheitia and Makau Ariki Atawhai
• Lord Tu'ivakano, Prime Minister of Tonga and Lady Tu'ivakano
• His Excellency Michel Ogio, Governor General of Papua New Guinea and Lady Esme Ogio
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