|Crown Prince of Tonga|
Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala in London (2012)
|House||House of Tupou|
17 September 1985 |
|Royal Family of Tonga|
Siaosi Manumataongo ʻAlaivahamamaʻo ʻAhoʻeitu Konstantin Tukuʻaho (born 17 September 1985) is a Tongan royal and Crown Prince of Tonga. Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala became heir apparent to the throne in March 2012 when his father, Tupou VI, ascended as the current King of Tonga.
On 12 July 2012, Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala married his double second cousin, Sinaitakala Fakafanua, in a wedding attended by 2,000 people. The Crown Prince was 26 years old at the time, while his wife was 25 years old. Sinaitakala Fakafanua is 26th in line to the Tongan throne.
The wedding marked the first marriage of a Tongan Crown Prince in sixty-five years. The ceremony was held at the Centennial Church of the Free Church of Tonga in Nuku'alofa, with more than 2,000 guests, including Samoan and Fijian chiefly families. The groom wore a three piece grey and black suit, while the bride wore a long sleeve, lace wedding gown with a veil that reached the floor of the church. A Maʻutohi ceremony, which celebrates the issuance of a marriage license, was held earlier in the week.
The marriage between the Crown Prince and Fakafanua caused controversy over the continued practice of marrying closely related cousins. Tongan royal protocol requires that members of royal family only marry members of noble families to maintain a strong bloodline. All royal marriages are arranged.
The wedding between the cousins was openly criticised by members of Tongan political and royal circles. Two prominent members of the Tongan royal family, Queen Mother Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe and the king's sister, Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita, disapproved of the marriage and refused to attend the ceremony. Daughter of the Princess Royal of Tonga, Frederica Tuita, who is ninth in line to the throne, openly condemned the union, calling the royal arranged marriage "extremely arrogant and only perpetuated the motive behind social climbers". Pro-democracy leader ʻAkilisi Pohiva also criticised the wedding, telling TVNZ, "They are too close... I do not know about biological effects of two close bloods mixed together, but I think they need new blood from outside." A leader of Tongans living in New Zealand, Will Ilolahia, stated that many Tongans opposed the second cousins' marriage, but were unwilling to speak out publicly.
An uncle of the Crown Prince, Lord Vaea, defended the marriage saying, "It's a new beginning for the royal household. They are both in their twenties, we are looking at that to preserve that constitutional monarchy within Tonga."
His firstborn child, a son, Prince Taufaʻahau Manumataongo, was born on 10 May 2013, becoming second in the line of succession to the Tongan throne, after his father. On 12 July 2014, the Crown Princess gave birth to a daughter, Princess Halaevalu Mataʻaho.
Titles and honours
- 17 September 1985 – 25 September 2006 : His Royal Highness Prince Siaosi Manumataongo Tukuʻaho
- 25 September 2006 – 30 May 2012 : His Royal Highness Prince ʻUlukālala
- 30 May 2012 – : His Royal Highness Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukālala
|Ancestors of Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala|
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- "Tonga Crown Prince weds". Radio New Zealand International. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Tongan crown prince marries second cousin". The Daily Telegraph. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Royal wedding causes royal divisions". One News (TVNZ). 12 July 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Opposition to Tongan royal cousins marriage". Radio Australia. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "New Tongan heir, Prince Taufa'ahau Manumataongo born May 10 in Auckland", Matangi Tonga, 10 May 2013
- "Tonga's New Princess: Halaevalu Mata'aho", Matangi Tonga, 14 July 2014
- Royal Ark, Tongan genealogy and detils
- Video showing investiture speeches on YouTube
- Ministry of Information & Communications, Article evoking the investiture
House of TupouBorn: 17 September 1985
|Lines of succession|
||Line of succession to the Tongan throne
|Titles of nobility|
Prince Lavaka Ata ʻUlukālala
25 September 2006 –
Prince Tupoutoʻa Lāvaka
30 May 2012 -
Prince Taufaʻahau Manumataongo