Tonga has declared a national holiday this Thursday for the marriage of two royal grandchildren - to each other.
While the marriage of such close relatives is causing embarrassment, even within the royal family, the Tongan Government has issued coverage guidelines to the international media.
The lavish wedding, delayed by the death and mourning period for King George Tupou V in February, takes place despite concerns over how much it will cost Tonga as well as the appropriateness of two close relatives marrying each other.
Another senior member of the royal family has gone public with her unease over arranged high level marriages in Tonga.
The number one-in-line for the throne, Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ukukalala, 27, will marry 25-year-old Sinaitakala Fakafanua, 26th in line on Thursday.
A source in the Palace Household staff told Fairfax Media that the new king, Tupou VI, opposed the marriage as the relationship was too close, but it was Queen Nanasipau'u Tuku'aho who literally arranged it.
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