MARRIAGE OF THE KING OF TONGA.
(PBESS ASSOCIATION" TELEGBAM.) AUCKLAND, June 21. . The "Samoa Herald" gives an account of the marri. ge of the King of Tonga. The . ceremony took place on June Ist, in the. King's own church, and instead of his Majesty marying the Princess Ofa of Niua Tabutabu, as was expected by nearly all his people, he took for his Queen Princess Tavinia, daughter of Kubu, Minister cf ' Police, and granddaughter of the highest: chief woman of Vavau. On May._2nd the nobles and chiefs met at the invitation of the King to consider the matter of his marriajje. The King wrote to them to say that of the two princesses he ; preierred Tavinia. Notwithstanding his ex- j pressed preference, the result of their deliberations.was that he should marry Ofa, I seven only being in favour of Tavinia, the King's choice. The King thanked them for their labour, but said his mind was made ur. and to all letters and remonstrances he had but one answer. After many days' discussions, the King declared if he could not marry Tavinia ha would remain single, lhe m-iority of the nobles then gave in, and sent a message that he could please himself, which he did by at once issuing invitations to the wedding within two days, to take place on- June Ist. On tha- day, at eleven o'clock, a -loyal ! salute was fired as tbe King entered the j church and awaited his bride. The church, j which was tastefully decorated, was densely f packed with Tongans and Europesuis. The . King was accompanied by his father (Fatafebdf, who was groomsman, and two pages, and Tavinia, with her six bridesmaids, and accompanied by her fafthar Kabu, shortly afterward arrived. The music of the wed-, dine hymn; was a comp_-it___> by his Ma- ' jestv. The Rev. J. B. Watkins, the King s chaplain, performed the marriage ceremony. A£ the conclusioi. of.the marriage.service the King placed a golden crown upon the head of the princess, and proclaimed her Queen of Tonga, The bridal dress was of tjha richest description, with a Gourt train six yards long, carried by six bridesmaids. A splendid wedding bre-kfastwas prepared,, at which a dozen eefleefc guest-, Govern**, of <the islands, etc., were invited, the rem being entertained. in apa v__o_.. .At theN _lo_e of the mamase ceremony, and the
crowning oi the Queen, a salute of 101 guns was fired.
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MARRIAGE OF THE KING OF TONGA., Press, Volume LVI, Issue 10378, 22 June 1899
MARRIAGE OF THE KING OF TONGA. Press, Volume LVI, Issue 10378, 22 June 1899
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