King of Tonga's funeral

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The royal standard draped casket of King George Tupou V is conveyed by the bearer party from the Royal Palace (R) on a black and gold catafalque during the king's funeral procession through the capital Nuku'alofa on March 27, 2012.

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TORSTEN BLACKWOOD

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    The royal standard draped casket of King George Tupou V is conveyed by the bearer party from the Royal Palace (R) on a black and gold catafalque during the king's funeral procession through the capital Nuku'alofa on March 27, 2012.

    Credit:

    TORSTEN BLACKWOOD

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    School children bow their heads in respect as the black and gold catafalque carrying the casket of King George Tupou V is conveyed by the bearer party from the Royal Palace to Mala'ekula (The Royal Tombs) during the king's funeral procession through the capital Nuku'alofa on March 27, 2012.

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    TORSTEN BLACKWOOD

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    School girls line the pathway to the Royal Tomb during the State Funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula on March 27, 2012 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. King George died in Hong Kong on March 18th after six years as the King.

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    Sandra Mu

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    School girls line the pathway to the Royal Tomb during the State Funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula on March 27, 2012 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

    Credit:

    Sandra Mu

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    The Royal casket of King George Tupou V is carried towards the Royal Tombs during the State Funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula on March 27, 2012 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. King George died in Hong Kong on March 18 after six years as king.

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    Sandra Mu

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    A young girl walks along the road made made for the procession before the State Funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula on March 27, 2012 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.

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    Sandra Mu

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    Tongan women mourn the loss of King George Tupou V during the royal funeral procession through the capital Nuku'alofa on March 27, 2012. The death aged 63 of the monacle-wearing king, who had a penchant for flamboyant military uniforms and driving around in a London taxi, had engulfed the country in a "black stormcloud", Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano said.

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    TORSTEN BLACKWOOD

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    School children follow the funeral procession of King George Tupou V to the Mala'ekula (The Royal Tombs) in the capital Nuku'alofa on March 27, 2012.

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    TORSTEN BLACKWOOD

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    The late King George Tupou V is carried to the Royal Tomb during the State Funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula on March 27, 2012 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.

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    Sandra Mu

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    School girls taking part in the royal funeral struggle in the heat during the State Funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula on March 27, 2012 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.

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    Sandra Mu

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    A military bands lead the procession during a State Funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula on March 27, 2012 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.

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    Sandra Mu

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    The Catholic church is drapped in black and purple material for the State Funeral held for King George Tupou V at Mala'ekula on March 27, 2012 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.

    Credit:

    Sandra Mu

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    Hundreds of pall bearers, all wearing black clothes and traditional woven ta'ovala mats around their waists, carry the royal standard draped casket of King George Tupou V on a black and gold catafalque from the Royal Palace at the start of the king's funeral procession through the capital Nuku'alofa on March 27, 2012. The death aged 63 of the monacle-wearing king, who had a penchant for flamboyant military uniforms and driving around in a London taxi, had engulfed the country in a "black stormcloud", Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano said.

    Credit:

    TORSTEN BLACKWOOD