Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe

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Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho
Queen Mother of Tonga
Queen Consort of Tonga
Tenure 16 December 1965 - 10 September 2006
Coronation 4 July 1967
Born (1926-05-29) 29 May 1926 (age 90)
Tonga
Spouse King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV (m. 1947)
Issue George Tupou V of Tonga
Princess Salote, Princess Royal
Prince Fatafehi
King Aho'eitu Tupou VI of Tonga
Full name
Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe
Father Ahomeʻe (Manu-ʻo-pangai)
Mother Heuʻifanga
Religion Methodism
Royal Family of Tonga
Royal Arms of Tonga

HM The King
HM The Queen


HM The Queen Mother

Halaevalu Mata'aho ʻAhomeʻe (born 29 May 1926)[1] is the mother of the deceased King George Tupou V and the reigning King Tupou VI of Tonga, as well as the widow of King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, who died in 2006.[2]

Biography[edit]

Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe was born on 29 May 1926,[3] the oldest daughter of ‘Ahome’e (Manu-‘o-pangai) and his wife, Heuʻifanga, a great-granddaughter of the last King of the Tuʻi Tonga Empire.[1][4][5] The Queen Mother is a great-great-granddaughter of Maʻafu.[5] Halaevalu Mataʻaho married her husband, Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, on June 10, 1947.[5] Taufa'ahau Tupou IV died in 2006.

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 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 of primary school students from Pangai Lahi to Teufaiva Park, including 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 Centennial Church on Sunday, May 29, with a royal 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.[6] 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.[6] The Mayor of West Valley City, Michael K. Winder, awarded the Queen Mother the key to the city on July 27, 2011.[6] She met with Utah Governor Gary Herbert the next day.[6]

Patronages[edit]

Titles and honours[edit]

Titles[edit]

  • 1926 – 1947 : The Honorable Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe.
  • 1947 – 1965 : Her Royal Highness Princess Halaevalu Mata'aho, The Crown Princess of Tonga.
  • 1965 – 2006 : Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho, The Queen of Tonga.
  • Since 2006 : Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho, The Queen Mother of Tonga.

National Honours[edit]

See also List of honours of the Tongan Royal Family by country

Foreign Honours[edit]

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Ancestry[edit]

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

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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