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Royal Luncheon to celebrate King's Birthday

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1 August 2011 Following the Birthday Military Parade at the Mala'e Pangai, His Majesty King George Tupou V and Their Excellencies The Governor-General and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE arrived at the northern side of Mala'a Pangai to attend a Royal Luncheon hosted by Tonga's Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano and members of His Majesty's Cabinet Ministers.

Hundreds of distinguished guests and visiting delegations from the military forces, diplomatic corps, senior government officials, clergymen and nobility were among the invited to the Luncheon.

The Luncheon was marked by two important speeches first given by His Majesty The King Who proposed a goodwill Toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen of Australia followed by a responding speech and a Toast in Honour of His Majesty's Birthday from Her Excellency The Governor-General. The momentous goodwill exchange was marked with each the playing of each country's national anthem, that is guest and hosting country.

In her  speech, Her Excellency extended her warmest greetings and gratitude to His Majesty, the people and Government of the Kingdom of Tonga for their tremendous hospitality and further encourages continuing stronger ties between the two nations.

Her Excellency in particular, also stated that in addition to Tonga being one of Australia's important bilateral Pacific island nation, Tonga and Australia also share a common interest in the cultivation of the game of rugby where Tonga produces many of Australia's top rugby stars which included big names  like the Fainga'a twins, George Smith, Toutai Kefu and many others.

At the conclusion of the Luncheon, His Majesty The King, The Vice Regal Party and senior members of the Royal Family retired briefly to the Royal Palace, before attending a Cultural entertainment moments later at the main Malae Pangai.

The Entertainment for the Royal Birthday celebration were a Solo Tau'olunga performance by the Hon. Salote Maumautaimi Tuku'aho, followed by a Group Tau'olunga performance by students of Queen Salote College.

The last cultural item was a Lakalaka performance from the village of Tatakamotonga, an estate of His Serene Highness Prince Tungi.

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011. Photos: Talanoa Langi. For Entertainment see PHOTO ALBUM- Cultural Performances Also See PHOTO ALBUM-Royal Luncheon

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:02 )  

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