What is the Tongan royal family?
Tonga became a kingdom in 1845 and has been ruled by the House of Tupou. George Tupou’s father became King of Tonga upon the death of his mother Queen Sālote Tupou III in 1965, and George Tupou was appointed Crown Prince of Tonga on May 4, 1966, his 18th birthday.
When was the Tongan palace built?
Photograph 231: Wooden kauri building constructed in 1864 as the First King of Tonga’s, Tupou I’s palace, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
Who was the King of Tonga?
Tupou VISince 2012
He became Tu’i Kanokupolu and subsequently took the title King George Tupou I in 1845. During the king’s long reign (1845–93), Tonga became a unified and independent country with a modern constitution (1875), legal code, and administrative structure.
What is a royal palace?
1. the official residence of a reigning monarch or member of a royal family: Buckingham Palace. 2. the official residence of various high-ranking church dignitaries or members of the nobility, as of an archbishop.
What does Tupou mean in Tongan?
Their son Ngata would receive the title and serve as the 1st Tu’i Kanakupolu [meaning the Heart of Upolu honoring his mother’s island]. Ngata’s personal god was known as Taliai Tupou and the name “Tupou” was adopted by many Tu’i Kanakupolu rulers and is now always affixed to the name of the reigning sovereign.
Where does the Tongan royal family live?
The Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Tonga is located in the northwest of the capital, Nukuʻalofa, close to the Pacific Ocean. The wooden Palace, which was built in 1867, is the official residence of the King of Tonga.
What is the Tongan culture?
Tonga is a largely homogenous, church- and family-oriented society. Although most Tongans are open and extremely hospitable, due to cultural nuances foreigners can often feel a bit at arm’s length.
Where is the Royal Palace in Tonga located?
There is a palace in Fuaʻamotu, as well as Kauvai near Longoteme, Liukava (“revolution”) in Kolovai, and both Tufumāhina and Vila ( villa) between Koloua and Pea. The vila was built by Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa in the 1990s, who remained there upon his accession as King George Tupou V, far away from any neighbours.
Who was the first king and Queen of Tonga?
Tuʻi Kanokupolu, rulers of Tonga from c. 1800 to the present day. George Tupou I, the first king of Tonga, was the 19th Tuʻi Kanokupolu. List of monarchs of Tonga (1845–present)
When did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Tonga?
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited The Kingdom of Tonga from 25th – 26th October 2018 His Majesty King Tupou VI Receives H.E. Ambassador Saleh Ahmed Alsuwaidi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the Kingdom of Tonga, in Audience at the Royal Palace, Nuku’alofa
What do the three stars on the Tongan Crown mean?
The three stars symbolise the main island groups of Tonga, which are Tongatapu, Vavaʻu and Haʻapai. The Crown symbolises the ruling monarchy, the King of Tonga. The text on the scroll at the bottom reads Ko e ʻOtua mo Tonga ko hoku Tofiʻa in the Tongan language: ‘God and Tonga are my inheritance’.