Tupou VI

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ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI
Ulukalala Lavaka Ata.jpg
King of Tonga
Reign18 March 2012 – present
Coronation 4 July 2015 [1]
Predecessor George Tupou V
Heir apparent Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala
Prime Ministers
Prime Minister of Tonga
Term3 January 2000 – 11 February 2006
Predecessor Baron Vaea
Successor Feleti Sevele
Monarch Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
Born (1959-07-12) 12 July 1959 (age 60)
Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nanasipauʻu Vaea (m. 1982)
Issue Princess Lātūfuipeka Tukuʻaho
Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala
Prince Ata
Full name
ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho
House Tupou
Father Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
Mother Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe

ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI (Tongan: ‘Aho‘eitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho; born 12 July 1959) is the King of Tonga. He is the younger brother and successor of the late King George Tupou V. He was officially confirmed by his brother on 27 September 2006 as the heir presumptive to the Throne of Tonga, as his brother (a bachelor) had no legitimate children. [2] He served as Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia, and resided in Canberra [3] [4] until the death of King George Tupou V on 18 March 2012, when ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho became King of Tonga, with the regnal name ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI. [5]

Tongan is an Austronesian language of the Polynesian branch spoken in Tonga. It has around 180,000 speakers and is a national language of Tonga. It is a VSO (verb–subject–object) language.

George Tupou V King of Tonga

George Tupou V was the King of Tonga from the death of his father Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV in 2006 until his own death six years later.

Australia Country in Oceania

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He was born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga, the third son and youngest child of King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV.[ citation needed ] He was educated at The Leys School, Cambridge, from 1973–77.[ citation needed ] He then attended the University of East Anglia, where he read Development Studies, from 1977 to 1980. [6] He started his career in the military, joining the naval arm of the Tonga Defence Services in 1982 and becoming a Lieutenant-Commander in 1987. He graduated from the US Naval War College as part of Class 33 in 1988. From 1990 to 1995 he commanded the Pacific-class patrol boat VOEA Pangai and his time in charge included peacekeeping operations in Bougainville. He graduated with a masters in Defence Studies from the University of New South Wales in 1997 and with an MA in International Relations from Bond University in 1999.[ citation needed ]

The Leys School Co-educational independent school in Cambridge, UK

The Leys School is a co-educational independent school in Cambridge, England. It is a day and boarding school for about 574 pupils between the ages of eleven and eighteen, and a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

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In 1998 he ended his military career to become part of the government, first as the defence minister and the foreign minister at the same time, from October 1998 until August 2004. He took over these posts from his elder brother Tupoutoʻa, at that time still the crown prince, later to become King Siaosi Tupou V (see below). Soon he was appointed as Prime Minister on 3 January 2000, a function he kept until his sudden resignation on 11 February 2006. Its reason has never been made clear, but was probably due to the unrest from a series of pro-democracy protests calling since mid-2005 for a lesser role for the royal family in government. His appointed successor, Feleti Sevele, was Tonga's first prime minister who was not a hereditary estate holder or a member of the 33 noble families that make up the Tongan aristocracy. In 2008 ʻAhoʻeitu was appointed Tonga's first High Commissioner to Australia, a post he held until his succession to the Tongan throne in 2012. [7] In addition, he was also Ambassador to Japan from 15 January 2010 to his coronation in 2012. [8] In 2013 he was appointed as Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific. [9]

Defence minister minister in charge of defence affairs of a state

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A foreign minister or minister of foreign affairs is generally a cabinet minister in charge of a state's foreign policy and relations.

Feleti Sevele Prime Minister of Tonga

Feleti Vakaʻuta Sevele, Lord Sevele of Vailahi was the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga from 30 March 2006 to 22 December 2010.

Marriage and family

Tupouto`a-Lavaka (centre) in a mourning dress for his recently deceased father, king Taufa`ahau Tupou IV in 2006. He is flanked by his two sons, the new chiefs `Ulukalala (left) and Ata (right) Tonga princes.jpg
Tupoutoʻa-Lavaka (centre) in a mourning dress for his recently deceased father, king Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV in 2006. He is flanked by his two sons, the new chiefs ʻUlukālala (left) and Ata (right)

ʻAhoʻeitu is married to a daughter of the high chief Vaea, Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho (his second cousin) and the couple have three children and two grandchildren:[ citation needed ]

Baron Vaea Tonga statesman

Siaosi Tuʻihala ʻAlipate Vaea Tupou, who was more commonly known as Baron Vaea, was a Prime Minister of Tonga. Vaea was a nephew of Queen Sālote, who ruled Tonga from 1918 until 1965, and a member of the Tongan nobility. His career in the Tongan government spanned 54 years.

Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho Queen consort of Tonga

Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho, is the Queen consort of Tonga as the wife of Tupou VI, who ascended the throne in 2012.

Princess Lātūfuipeka Tukuʻaho Tongan princess

Princess Lātūfuipeka is a Tongan royal and a member of the House of Tupou. Sole daughter of Tupou VI, King of Tonga, Princess Lātūfuipeka became the High Commissioner of Tonga to Australia on 22 August 2012, after her father – High Commissioner until then – succeeded as the King of Tonga.

Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala Tongan Crown prince

Siaosi Manumataongo ʻAlaivahamamaʻo ʻAhoʻeitu Konstantin Tukuʻaho is the crown prince of Tonga. Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala became heir apparent to the throne in March 2012 upon the accession of his father, Tupou VI, as King of Tonga.

Nukuʻalofa Place in Tongatapu, Tonga

Nukuʻalofa is the capital of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga.

Tongan royal family
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Since his confirmation as heir presumptive, he got the traditional title of Tupoutoʻa, reserved for crown princes, which his older brother (the second) had to give up because he married a commoner, while two of his previous titles went to his sons. As such he was until his accession to the throne known as Tupoutoʻa Lavaka. His elder son, Siaosi, (George) is to be addressed by the prestigious title of ʻUlukālala of Fangatongo, while his second son, Viliami, (William) was bestowed with ʻAta of Hihifo.[ citation needed ]


King Tupou VI after his coronation ceremony in Nuku'alofa on 4 July 2015 Kingtupou.jpg
King Tupou VI after his coronation ceremony in Nuku'alofa on 4 July 2015

King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u were crowned in a ceremony conducted at Centenary Church in Nuku'alofa on 4 July 2015 by Reverend D'Arcy Wood, a retired Uniting Church in Australia minister who was born in Tonga. He was assisted by Reverend Dr. ‘Ahio and Reverend Dr. Tevita Havea, the president and the secretary general of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga. [11] The celebrations included many international invited guests, and an estimated 15,000 people, mostly expatriate Tongans, flew in to join the celebrations.[ citation needed ]

During the ceremony, Tupou VI was anointed with holy oil, adorned with a ring, and presented with a sceptre. The crown was then placed on his head by Wood, who performed the anointing and crowning as a matter of circumventing the taboo on native Tongans touching the King's head. The celebrations ran for a total of eleven days, beginning a week before the ceremony. [12]

Name and titles

Styles of
King Tupou VI of Tonga
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Reference style His Majesty
Spoken styleYour Majesty
Alternative styleSir

It is customary in Tongan culture that princes get a traditional chiefly title, by which they then are commonly known. As such for many years, until his confirmation as Heir Presumptive, ʻAhoʻeitu was known by either one or all three of the titles which were bestowed on him over the time: Lavaka from Pea, ʻAta from Kolovai and ʻAtatā, and ʻUlukālala from Fangatongo. These titles may be used in any order, (the one belonging to the area from which the speaker is coming usually first). Nevertheless, the sequences Lavaka Ata ʻUlukālala and ʻUlukālala Lavaka Ata were most common.[ citation needed ]


Royal monogram of Tupou VI Royal Monogram of King Tupou VI of Tonga.svg
Royal monogram of Tupou VI




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Tupou VI
House of Tupou
Born: 12 July 1959
Political offices
Preceded by
Tupouto'a Tungi
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Sonatane Tuʻa Taumoepeau-Tupou
Preceded by
Prime Minister of Tonga
Succeeded by
Feleti Sevele
Diplomatic posts
New office High Commissioner to Australia
Succeeded by
Lātūfuipeka Tukuʻaho
New office Ambassador of Tonga to Japan
Succeeded by
Tania Laumanulupe Tupou
Regnal titles
Preceded by
George Tupou V
King of Tonga
Heir apparent:
Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala