His Majesty King Tupou VI and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho of Tonga attended the morning worship service at Methodist Central Hall Westminster today, (Sunday, 7th May 2023). Their Majesties were in London to attend the coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey the day before.

Revd Tony Miles, Superintendent Minister of Methodist Central Hall Westminster, (MCHW) said: ‘It was a privilege to welcome their Majesties, the King and Queen of Tonga to MCHW for worship as we reopened the building after the coronation of King Charles III. MCHW is a global Christian family and the visit of King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u was an opportunity for us to enjoy fellowship with our distinguished guests and with many other Tongans who joined us for the occasion. We value the strong relationship that exists between our two countries. We continue to hold the people of Tonga in our prayers as they continue to rebuild their country after the volcanic eruption and tsunami of January 2022.’

The King and Queen were joined by the Prime Minister, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni Hu'akavameiliku, Mr Paula Ma’u the Cabinet Secretary, and the High Commissioner of Tonga, Her Excellency Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tu’ivakano, together with other distinguished guests and over 100 Tongans residing in the UK. The Revd Lansford Penn-Timity, Deacon Ali McMillan and a Tongan Methodist minister, the Revd Iesinga Vunipola, took part in the service. In his address, Mr Miles spoke about the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla and also how all Christians are anointed to serve as they follow Jesus, the Servant King.

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