Saturday, March 4, 2006 - 19:55
"I am both delighted and sad to welcome you all to this final ceremony at the British High Commission before we formally close at the end of March," said HE Paul Nessling, the British High Commissioner to Tonga, on the lawn of the British Residence on the evening of 2 March, 2006. Prince Regent Crown Prince Tupouto'a attended the closure of the 105 year old British diplomatic mission. TheTonga Defence Services fired a three volley salute before the Union Jack was formally lowered to the sound of the lament. Photos by Pesi Fonua.