“Tonga” (centre) and friends during the procession where the late King’s body returns to the Palace. Tonga was one of our cultural advisors during PDT. He has a long name that I can’t spell or pronounce properly.
Aioema, my UnitingWorld supervisor, and friend. Waiting on the steps of the Post Office for the procession.
Drew, John and I decked out in our funeral clothing. John is also a UnitingWorld volunteer.
Sitting in the gutter, waiting for the procession. During the procession it is important to be seated, as you must be lower than the King. You also have to remove any sunglasses, hats or avoid using your fan to shade your face. I’m not entirely sure of the reason for this but I’m guessing it has to do with lowering your head and being humble before the King.
A police escort at the start of the procession.
The AYAD volunteers watch the procession. Left to Right: Me, Ben, Sarah, Kate and Vivian.