Birthday of George Tupou V

George Tupou V (King), Birthday of

August 1
Located in the Pacific Ocean some 1,250 miles north of New Zealand, the island nation of Tonga consists of about 150 islands, 36 of which are inhabited. With a population of about 120,000, Tonga is ruled by a royal family that goes back to 1831. August 1st marks one event in the recent history of the royal family.
With the death of King George Tupou IV at the age of 88 in September 2006, his son became King George Tupou V. His coronation took place on August 1, 2007. The new king's birthday is in May, but he decreed in 2007 that his birthday would be changed to August 1st and officially celebrated on that day. The first birthday celebration included such foreign dignitaries as Samoa's Head of State, the Korean Ambassador to Tonga, and the British High Commissioner to Tonga.
CONTACTS:
General Consulate of Tonga in San Francisco
360 Post St., Ste. 604
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-781-0365
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