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Oceania Briefing— Oceania

Preface

The king of Tonga is our dapper Style Leader, Australia is a wise old goat, and New Zealand strips its prisoners of the right to vote and smoke.

Australia, King, New Zealand, Tonga

STYLE LEADER NO.31

Tongan groove

Tonga [KING GEORGE TUPOU V]

For sheer anachronism, few spectacles can rival that of Tonga’s immaculately suited King George Tupou V being whisked through the dusty, sunbleached streets of Nuku’alofa in a London black cab.

When he was young, Tupou was shipped off to Oxford and Sandhurst and returned with a plummy accent and a clutch of eccentric ­enthusiasms. Fond of toy soldiers, murder mystery role-plays and dressing in Napoleonic military garb, the 62-year-old bachelor is today viewed by many of his 104,000 subjects…

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