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Tupou VI, the new king of Tonga

 Posted by , June 10, 2014 at 13:39:03 :: Tonga

Tupou VI, king of TongaTupou VI (full name: ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho Tupou VI; born 12 July 1959) is the new King of Tonga. He is the younger brother and successor of the late King George Tupou V. He was officially confirmed by his brother on 27 September 2006 as the heir presumptive to the Tongan throne, as his brother (a bachelor) had no legitimate children.

He served as Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia, and resided in Canberra until the recent death of King George Tupou V in a Hong Kong hospital on 18 March 2012.

Tongan media reports say the late king underwent a liver transplant last year and had also been diagnosed with cancer.

The late king was known to the outside world for eccentricities such as being driven around in a London taxi, and will be remembered by many for his throwback fashion choices, which included wearing, at times, a top hat and even a monocle.

He was credited with introducing democracy to the South Pacific archipelago after riots following his ascension in 2006.

We recently published a post about King George Tupou V that you can read here.

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