King George Tupou V
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Tonga in mourning for King George Tupou V

A period of mourning has been declared in the South Pacific nation of Tonga following the death of King George Tupou V.

He died at a hospital in Hong Kong with his brother, Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka, at his side.

Tonga is the last Polynesian monarchy, although the king was instrumental in bringing about democratic reform. He had been king since 2006.

David Campanale reports.

  • 19 Mar 2012