It is now five times its original size, but the original Palace remains as the heart of the new expanded building.
The sovereign functions of a sovereign state such as Tonga will all be centred on the Palace.
That Tonga remains a Monarchy also makes the Palace an iconic feature of Nuku’alofa, the Royal Town.
It is here that the Privy Council will meet, that the archives will retain the essentials of the long and ancient history of the Kingdom.
Not only is the Palace the centre of the Kingdom, it is also the centre of the Royal Town of Nuku’alofa.
It is this Royal Town that along with Neiafu in Vava’u will be governed by town councils under a Royal Charter announced by King George Tupou the Fifth on the 19th November, 2010, in the last meeting of the Privy Council before the election of the new Government.