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HRH Princess Lavinia Mata ‘o Taone repatriated this afternoon

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,29/06/2018

Their Majesties – King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u have returned from Ha’apai to Nuku’alofa this morning for the funeral of HRH Princess Lavinia Mata ‘o Taone, Lady Ma’afu.

The Lord Chamberlain has confirmed that their Majesties were at the VVIP Lounge at Fua’amotu Airport for the arrival of the royal cortege from Auckland, New Zealand this afternoon.

Escorting the Royal Funeral were Princess Mele Siu’ilikutapu Kalaniuvalu Fotofili, HRH Crown Princess Sinaitakala, HRH Prince Ata, Princess ‘Ofeina ‘e he Langi Fakafanua, Hon Fanga-ake, Lord Fakafanua and the grandchildren of Princess Taone.

She will lay in state overnight at the Villa during an all-night vigil – Takipo in her honour.

The wake ceremony will be at the Villa Royal Residence followed by the burial ceremony at the Huelo ‘o Hangai Tokelau Royal Tomb in Tokomololo at 11 tomorrow morning.

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