King George Tupou V died Sunday in Hong Kong at age 63. The cause has not been released.
( Vincent Yu / Associated Press ) - A view of Queen Mary Hospital is seen in Hong Kong Monday, March 19, 2012. Tonga’s King George Tupou V died at Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital Sunday, according to Tonga’s Ministry of Information and Communications.
Government spokesman Paula Mau said his body will be flown home and arrive in the small Pacific island nation on Monday. The body will lie in state for two days at the royal palace in the capital, Nuku’alofa, before being transported about 300 meters (1,000 feet) to the royal tomb.
Mau said he expects thousands from Tonga and many foreign dignitaries to attend the funeral. The country has begun three months of official mourning. Wearing black is encouraged and celebrations and music are discouraged.
The new king, Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka, will go by the title King Tupou VI.
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