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Nuku’alofa: The expanded Royal Palace

The most important building in all the reconstruction is the Royal Palace.

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.

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One Response to Nuku’alofa: The expanded Royal Palace

  1. Randy Duff May 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Bravo … to His Late Majesty King George Tupou V !!! The newly renovated PALACE OF FANGATAPU is absolutely beautiful. The palace is a vital part of Tongan history and cultural heritage. Even with the renovations and enlargements, the essense of the old palace is still evident. I believe that Queen Salote would love it. The new form of the palace will allow King ‘Aho’eitu Tupou VI to carry out his royal functions in a more dignified venue. And it will provide a wonderful scene for visiting kings, presidents and important foreign visitors. It is just a shame that the old Chapel Royal could not be rebuilt. God bless the memory of Tupou the Fifth !!! GOD SAVE KING ‘AHO’EITU AND QUEEN NANASIPAU’U !!!

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