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Tonga coronation robes revealed on stamps

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Lavish robes to be used in the coronation of Tonga's King George Tupou V have been revealed in new postage stamps designed by a Wellington illustrator.

Tonga is spending $5 million on the coronation of the aging bachelor, including $570,000, for tailored robes from Gieves & Hawkes based at Savile Row in London's Mayfair.

By tradition such robes are trimmed with ermine which comes from winter stoats and is used as a symbol of purity or virginity.

The decision to use such robes has been seen by some as disrespectful, and protests are believed to be underway. It remains to be seen if this will effect the sale of the stamps!

Mark Steele.

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