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A mourner sits the fires outside the Royal Palace during the Takipo mourning rites, which lasted for 10 nights following the death of the late King of Tonga, Taufa'ahau Tupou IV. After his body was return to Tonga, the king lay in state at the palace until his funeral. The fires were intended to metaphorically light the pathway of the king to the resting place of his forebears. Mourners offered prayers and singing at the same time each night in the palace grounds until midnight. The final night of the Takipo continued through the night and went on until the king was buried the next day.