In my book Six Nine, Two Ten, I mention Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 visit to the island of Tonga in the South Pacific to see her friend, Queen Sālote Tupou III. Queen Salote typified the large stature of Tongans (and endearing friendliness), and the feast presented to the British Queen on Tonga was something to behold.
In the 1970s Queen Elizabeth made two more visits to Tonga, and this time she was fêted by Queen Salote’s son and heir, King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV. I found video of one of his feasts, and the Tongans sure know how to put on a spread. This is from the ITV documentary, “Secrets of The Royal Kitchen.”