20 March 2012 A government Gazette was approved to the announcement of the passing away of His Majesty King George Tupou V by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano on 20 March 2012:
DEATH OF HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE TUPOU V
[HONOURARY ROYAL TITLES] TO BE PROVIDED BY LORD CHAMBERLAIN
It is with deep humility and profused sorrow, shared by the Royal Family, Government, Nobles, Church Leaders and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga, that I respectfully announce the most lamentable passing away of His Majesty King George Tupou V, which occurred in Hong Kong, China, at 15:58 hrs (Hong Kong, China time), which was 20:58 hrs (Tonga time), on 18th March 2012.
To honour His Late Majesty King George Tupou V, most beloved Monarch of Tonga, the period of State mourning shall be [PERIOD OF STATE MOURNING], months from today, and ending on [END OF DATE OF STATE MOURNING]. During this period all flags throughout the Kingdom shall be flown at halfmast.
Prime Minister of Tonga
Other legal matters surrounding the passing of a Monarch include a royal proclamation of the New King and a Title that He would like to use, and to be published in the Government Gazette.
A proclamation of the New King was made on 19th March, 2012, upon receiving Royal Command of His Majesty, the New King of Tonga's title, from former Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka.
The Title for the New Monarch of Tonga will be His Majesty King Tupou VI, King of the Kingdom of Tonga.
In the name of His Majesty
KING TUPOU VI
King of Tonga
By Lord Tu'ivakano
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga
Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call to His Mercy His Late Majesty King George Tupou V by who decease the Crown of the Kingdom of Tonga devolves upon Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka, We, Tu'ivakano, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence, Information and Communications; Samiu Kuita Vaipulu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Works and Transport; Ma'afu, Minister for Lands, Survey, Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change; Vaea, Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries; Sunia Manu Fili, Minister for Finance, National Planning and Revenue Services; Sosefo Fe'aomoeata Vakata, Minister for Training, Employment, Youth and Sports; Viliami Uasike Latu, Minister for Tourism; Lisiate ‘Aloveita ‘Akolo, Minister for Police, Prisons and Fire Services; ‘Isilelei Pulu, Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries; William Clive Edwards, Minister for Justice and Public Enterprises; ‘Ana Maui Taufe'ulungaki, Minister for Education, Women's Affairs and Culture; ‘Uliti Uata, Minister for Health; the Cabinet Ministers of Government; Lasike, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Michael Dishington-Scott, Chief Justice of the Judiciary of Tonga, do now hereby, with one full voice and consent of tongue and heart, publish and proclaim that Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka has now become the only lawful and rightful heir to the throne, King of the Kingdom of Tonga, to whom we do acknowledge all faith and constant obedience with all hearty and humble affection, beseeching God by Whom Kings and Queen do reign, to bless His Majesty, KING TUPOU VI, with long and happy years to reign over us.
Given under my hand at Nuku'alofa, this 19th day of March in the year two thousand and twelve of our Lord.
Busby Salesi Kautoke
Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet
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