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Governor-General honours King's Birthday Military Parade

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1 August 2011  Every year, the celebration of the Official Birthday of His Majesty King George Tupou V, is marked with the ceremonial Military Parade led by the Tonga Defence Services which involves a kaleidoscope of military music and trooping of the Colour and Mass Band.

The Mala'e Pangai Lahi was packed in the early hours of the morning with thousands of people who came to see their Monarch and the marching of the Royal Guards.

Members of the Royal Family including Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Tupouto'a-Lavaka and Princess Nanasipau'u, Their Royal Highnesses Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita and Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu joined His Majesty King George Tupou V and the Australian Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AP at the Royal pavilion for the Military Parade.

The Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano, His Majesty's Cabinet Ministers, Nobles of the Realm, distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, members of the clergy, armed forces retired veterans, overseas defence attaches and visitors also attended the Parade in ceremonial dress and uniform.

A memorable highlight of this year's Birthday Parade is the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AP arriving in an open car and proceed to the Royal pavilion, as His Majesty's Royal Guest.

A cannon gun salute boomed across the densely packed Mala'e Pangai in Nuku'alofa centre in unison with the playing of the national anthem, marking the commencement of the royal birthday parade.

Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AP was invited by the Tonga Defence Services Royal Guards and Navy Parade Commander to be this year's Review Officer, in Honour of His Majesty's Birthday.

Her Excellency, The Governor General of Australia, was accompanied by the Parade Commander, her Aide-de-Camp and Tongan Equerry officer during the ceremonial  Inspection of the Parade, while the Mass Band plays ‘Where e'er you walk' by George Friderick Handle and the quick march ‘Army of the Nile' by Kenneth Alford.

Following the inspection, was a spectacular display of the trooping of the Mass Band in Slow and Quick Time with applauds  from the parade guest shelters and salute to the Royal Pavillion.

The Military Parade concluded with the General Salute as they Tongan Defence Services Advance in Review Order with the Mass Band playing the National Anthem of Australia.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011. Video: Taulava Pulini

 

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