Royal cousins wed

TONGA — The heir to the throne of Tonga in the South Pacific has married his cousin at a ceremony in the capital Nuku’alofa.

Crown Prince Tupouto’a Ulukalala and his bride, Sinaitakala Fakafanua, both in their 20s, waved to cheering crowds as they left church after the wedding.

Tongans are marking the event with traditional feasts and offerings of cooked pigs.

The marriage comes four months after the death of King George Tupou V in March.

Marriage between cousins is seen as a way of keeping the royal bloodline strong in Tonga. (BBC)

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