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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


Tonga farewells Queen Mother for the last time

The Queen Mother's Vata on its way to the Royal Tombs. ( Nuku'alofaTimes)

By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA-March 1: 4:20pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Nuku’alofa came to a standstill today to honour the late Queen Mother, Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho as she made her final journey from the Royal Palace to the Royal Burial grounds at the Malaekula. Government declared a public holiday to honour the people’s queen and businesses reciprocated, closing for the day as people joint together for the better part of the morning to farewell a Royalty who made it her business to love, care and share with her people.

Mother nature welcome Queen Mother home for the last time

Members of the Royal Family awaiting the funeral cortege of the late Queen Mother at Fua-amotu airport. Photo: MEIDECC/Nuku'alofa Times

By ILIESA TORA NUKU’ALOFA -February 28: 6pm (MEIDECC): It drizzled but the rain held back.