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Around 1000 pallbearers carry the four-metre-tall catafalque of the late King of Tonga, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, as it travels from the Royal Palace to Mala'e Kula (the royal burial ground) under the charge of Lauaki, the traditional royal undertaker. King Taufa'ahau Tupou, one of the world's longest-serving monarchs, died in Auckland on 10 September 2006 following a long illness. His body was returned to his homeland and he was buried on 19 September 2006 at Mala'e Kula in the Tongan capital. The king's pallbearers were made up of ex-students from the Tupou College and men drawn from villages across Tongatapu.