Tongan king and queen visit Queen Elizabeth

King Tupou VI of Tonga and his wife, Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho, had an audience yesterday with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The king and queen are reportedly visiting London to prepare for the king’s coronation next year.

Audience at Buckingham Palace

Photo © Buckingham Palace. Photo source: The British Monarchy

Tongan king's dog nips NZ guest

Yesterday Tonga’s King George Tupou V (at right in first photo) welcomed New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key (left), at the Consular House in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. One of the king’s dogs was excited to see the royal guests, jumping up to bite the hand of New Zealand’s Maori Affairs Minister, Dr Pita Sharples. (Sorry, the photos that accompanied this post have expired.)