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Tonga Queen Mother’s body lies in state at royal residence, ‘Atalanga

The body of Tonga’s late Queen Mother is lying in state at the Royal Residence, ‘Atalanga in Auckland, New Zealand.

The 90 year old Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho died on Sunday after travelling to Auckland for health reasons.

Her body was transferred from the Auckland mortuary to ‘Atalanga in Epsom yesterday (Thursday) morning.

Upon the arrival of the royal cortege, the President of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga – Rev. Dr. ‘Ahio who is also the Royal Chaplain led the prayer service.

In attendance were HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita, Princess Latufuipeka and members of the Free Wesleyan Church in New Zealand.

The Tongan communities gathered at the Lesieli Tonga Auditorium for special prayer services that will continue honouring Her late Majesty

The royal residence and homes of Tongans in Auckland have put up drapes of mourning colors to show their respect to the late Queen Mother.

Meanwhile, some villages are conducting their village meeting – fono to prepare their traditional presentations to His Majesty at the Royal Place.

His Serene Highness – Prince Kalaniuvalu Fotofili told Radio Tonga News, a meeting of the people of his estate – fono was held Wednesday night regarding their traditional duties.

Their traditional presentation to His Majesty – King Tupou VI will be on Monday and to Her Royal Highness Princess Pilolevu Tuita on Friday 3rd of March.

Government is yet to make a decision on their role regarding the passing of the Queen Mother – Her late Majesty Halaevalu Mata’aho.

No order has been issued on the flowing of all flags at half-mast as is normal for the deaths of members of the Royal Family and leaders of the country.

The body of the late Queen mother will be flown back from Auckland to Tonga next Tuesday.

Source: Kaniva News
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