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KYMonarchist

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_of_Crown_Prince_Tupouto%27a_%27Ulukalala_and_Sinaitakala_Fakafanua

The wedding took place today, July 12th, 2012, amidst controversy as the couple are second cousins in English. They are brother and sister in Tongan. It was also the first wedding of a Tongan Crown Prince in 65 years.

Oddly enough, the couple married despite the opposition of King Tupou VI and with a mourning period for the late King George Tupou V still in effect until February 2013. The Queen Mother of Tonga and the King of Tonga's sister refused to attend the wedding as they were opposed to it. Chiefly families from Samoa and Fiji did attend, however.

Pro-democracy leader Akilisi Pohiva condemned the wedding and called for new blood in the royal family, along with the leader of Tongans in New Zealand. However, Lord Vaea, a maternal uncle of the groom, defended the wedding on the grounds that it would help maintain the constitutional monarchy of Tonga. Meanwhile, a New Zealand geneticist said there was only a slight risk of genetic disorders for the children of the marriage.

Additionally, Tonga is projected to face the slowest economic growth in the Pacific Islands region this year, which meant the royal family paid for the costs of the wedding for the first time ever apparently. Also, the Tongan government may fall as there is a vote of no confidence in the government due next week.

Back to the wedding, though. Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt was quoted as stating that despite the fact that she was a product of incest, she turned out well, and saw even less risk of genetic disorders resulting from the union. King Carlos II of Spain, before babbling something incomprehensible, managed to let everybody know that this was a horrible thing for Tonga.

EDIT: I just realized that since the King is opposed to this marriage, the Crown Prince may not be Crown Prince for much longer as Tupou VI now has the legal grounds to deprive Siaosi Manumataongo of his right to the throne!
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In my option a marriage of love is a marriage of love.
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In my option a marriage of love is a marriage of love.


The Queen of Tonga arranged this marriage, as is typical for Tongan royalty. The controversy isn't typical, though. This isn't as far as I know a love match.
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It is indeed an arranged marriage but there is no indication at all that the King intends or has even thought about removing the Crown Prince from the succession.  The week long national wedding celebrations indicate quite the contrary, that the Crown Prince will remain in his position, and that his marriage will be fully recongnized.
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Well that chance it all, this is just weird and unlogical then.
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