King to attend Liahona-Sainehā luncheon during coronation

PHOTO: L-R: Hon. Sēmisi Sika (Chair of Parliament’s Whole House Committee), MP Veivosa Taka, Lord Tu’ilapeka and MP Viliami Manuopangai during the opening of Tonga’s Legislative Assembly on Thursday. All are members of the Mormon Church which owned Liahona-Sainehaa’s alumni association. 

Members of the Liahona-Sainehā Alumni association were in euphoric mood this afternoon after it was announced the king will attend a luncheon it would host on July 7, the last day of His Majesty’s coronation’s celebration programs.

“I take this opportunity to inform that his majesty The King has been pleased with the invitation and will grace the Alumni Luncheon at Liahona High School on 7th of July at 12.30pm,” a letter by the king’s Lord Chamberlain obtained by Kaniva News says.

The formal acceptance letter was addressed to the associations’s president Hon. Sēmisi Sika.

Hon. Sika uploaded the letter to Facebook this afternoon in which members of the association quickly shared their excitement over the news.

“What we were praying for has been accepted,” Hon. Sika wrote in Tongan.

“Good job your highness!” one respondent wrote.

“Heaven assisted what we planned,” another wrote in Tongan.

King Tupou VI, 55, assumed His title in 2012 after His brother king George V died in Hong Kong.

His coronation will be marked by an 11-day celebration program which will run from June 27 to July 7.

Liahona and Sainehā High Schools are owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, the second largest denomination in Tonga.

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