Monday, September 11, 2006

Tongan King passes away, son crowned

King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV died at 11:34 pm, Sunday at Mercy Hospital in New Zealand, said the Tongan royal website.

The king who has been in bad health for some time was 88 years old.

Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV relaxes in the royal palace in the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa, January 2002. The king has died aged 88, bringing to a close more than four decades of his near absolute rule in the South Pacific island nation.(AFP/File/Matangi Tonga)
Tonga's King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV at the royal palace in Nuku'alofa, Tonga on January 2002. AFP/File/Matangi Tonga via Yahoo News.

On Monday, the Prince Regent took the oath before the Privy Council and was sworn in as King Tupou V of Tonga.

Information of the funeral of the late king will be rleased on Tuesday according to the royal palace.