Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe

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Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe
Queen Mother of Tonga
Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe in her youth.jpg
Halaevalu in her youth
Queen Consort of Tonga
Tenure16 December 1965 – 10 September 2006
Coronation4 July 1967
Born(1926-05-29)29 May 1926
Kingdom of Tonga
Died19 February 2017(2017-02-19) (aged 90)
Mercy Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
Burial1 March 2017
Spouse
King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
(m. 1946; his death 2006)
IssueGeorge Tupou V of Tonga
Salote, Princess Royal
Prince Fatafehi Ala'i'vahamama'o Tuku'aho
Aho'eitu Tupou VI of Tonga
Full name
Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe
FatherAhomeʻe (Manu-ʻo-pangai)
MotherHeuʻifanga Veikune
ReligionMethodism

Halaevalu Mata'aho ʻAhomeʻe (29 May 1926 – 19 February 2017)[1] was the Queen Consort of Tonga from 1965 to 2006, and the widow of the late King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV of Tonga. She was the mother of King George Tupou V and the current reigning King of Tonga, Tupou VI.[2]

Biography[edit]

Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe was born on 29 May 1926,[3] the eldest daughter of ‘Ahome’e (Manu-‘o-pangai) and his wife, Heuʻifanga Veikune, a great-granddaughter of the Tu'i Tonga[1][4][5] She was also a great-great-granddaughter of Maʻafu.[5][6]

Education[edit]

She was educated at St Joseph's Convent School, Nuku’alofa, and St Mary's College, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Marriage[edit]

On 10 June 1946, Halaevalu married her distant relative Crown Prince Tāufaʻāhau of Tonga[5] (eldest son of Queen Sālote Tupou III of Tonga (1900-1965) and Prince Viliami Tungī Mailefihi).

The Queen Mother celebrated her 85th birthday in 2011 with a five-day celebration held in May.[4] The celebrations began with a garden party for more than one hundred Tongan women held at the home of the President of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, Rev. Dr. ‘Ahio.[4] The Queen Mother attended a Roman Catholic mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ma'ufanga with King Siaosi Tupou V on May 26, 2011.[4] The Tongan Ministry of Education, Women Affairs and Culture held a student celebration for her birthday on May 27, with primary school students from Pangai Lahi to Teufaiva Park, presenting the Queen Mother with birthday gifts.[4] A private party was held in Ha'avakatolo the next day, followed by a church service held at the Centennial Church on Sunday, May 29, and a luncheon at the Royal Palace in Nukuʻalofa.[4]

The Queen Mother embarked on a two-week trip to the U.S. state of Utah in July and August 2011.[7] Specifically, the Queen Mother came to visit the Tongan United Methodist Church in West Valley City, Utah, whose congregation had raised approximately $500,000 in less than a year to pay off the mortgage on the building.[7] The Mayor of West Valley City, Michael K. Winder, awarded the Queen Mother the key to the city on July 27, 2011.[7] She also met with Utah Governor Gary Herbert the next day.[7]

Death[edit]

On 19 February 2017, the Queen Mother died aged 90, which was confirmed by her granddaughter Princess Lātūfuipeka Tukuʻaho, High Commissioner of Tonga to Australia, a week after she was flown to Auckland, New Zealand, for minor medical issues; the cause of death, however, was not released publicly.

The Queen Mother was flown back to Tonga by the Royal Beechcraft G.18S Aircraft on February 28 flanked by the C-130 Hercules of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, after lying-in-state at the Tongan royal residence, 'Atalanga in Epsom, Auckland.

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 29 May 1926 – 10 June 1946: The Honourable Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe
  • 10 June 1946 – 16 December 1965: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Tonga.
  • 16 December 1965 - 11 September 2006: Her Majesty The Queen Consort of Tonga.
  • 11 September 2006 - 19 February 2017: Her Majesty The Queen Mother of Tonga.

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

See the Tongan language page and ancestor's page ...

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A week of celebration underway for the Queen's 85th Birthday". Ministry of Information and Communications. 2011-05-25. Archived from the original on 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  2. ^ Reigning Royal Families: Tonga International Who's Who, retrieved 6 January 2011
  3. ^ a b Royal Ark
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Queen Mother celebrates 85th birthday". Taimi Media Network. 2011-05-31. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  5. ^ a b c "The Royal Family". Tongan Royal Family. Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  6. ^ Genealogy
  7. ^ a b c d Farmer, Molly (2011-07-30). "Queen Mother of Tonga celebrates with West Valley congregation". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
  8. ^ Andrew Cusack
  9. ^ Coronation of King Tupou VI
  10. ^ Getty Images
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Royal Ark, Tonga – Tupou 10
  12. ^ Star worn on left waist and badge worn beside star on right breast
  13. ^ gpdhome
  14. ^ Mic.gov.to
  15. ^ wearing the order badge on her left breast
  16. ^ Royal Ark

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Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe
Born: 29 May 1926 Died: 19 February 2017
Preceded by
Viliami Tungī Mailefihi
as prince consort
Queen Consort of Tonga
1965 – 2006
Succeeded by
Nanasipauʻu Vaea