List of monarchs of Tonga

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King of Tonga
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Tupou VI
since 18 March 2012
Style His Majesty
Heir apparent Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala
First monarch George Tupou I
Formation 4 November 1875
Residence Royal Palace, Nukuʻalofa

This is a list of monarchs of Tonga since 1875, after the constitutional role of the monarch was established. Tonga is the only sovereign indigenous monarchy in Oceania. The first monarch was George Tupou I.

2008 cession of powers[edit]

Three days before his coronation on 1 August 2008, then-King George Tupou V announced that he would relinquish most of his powers and be guided by his Prime Minister's recommendations on most matters.[1]

Lists of earlier monarchs of Tonga[edit]

  • Tuʻi Tonga, rulers of Tonga from c. 950 to c. 1470.
  • Tuʻi Haʻatakalaua, rulers of Tonga from c. 1470 to c. 1600.
  • Tuʻi Kanokupolu, rulers of Tonga from c. 1600 to the present day. George Tupou I, the first king of Tonga, was the 19th Tuʻi Kanokupolu.

List of monarchs of Tonga (1872–present)[edit]

Reign start
Reign end
George Tupou I
c. 1797 – 18 February 1893
(aged 95–96)
1 January 1872 18 February 1893 Son of Tupoutoʻa, 17th Tuʻi Kanokupolu Tupou George Tupou I of Tonga
George Tupou II
(1874-06-18)18 June 1874 – 5 April 1918(1918-04-05) (aged 43) 18 February 1893 5 April 1918 Great-grandson of George Tupou I twice over Tupou George Tupou II of Tonga
Sālote Tupou III
(1900-03-13)13 March 1900 – 16 December 1965(1965-12-16) (aged 65) 5 April 1918 16 December 1965 Daughter of George Tupou II Tupou Sālote Tupou III of Tonga
Tāufaʻahau Tupou IV
(1918-07-04)4 July 1918 – 10 September 2006(2006-09-10) (aged 88) 16 December 1965 10 September 2006 Son of Sālote Tupou III Tupou Tāufaʻahau Tupou IV of Tonga
George Tupou V
(1948-05-04)4 May 1948 – 18 March 2012(2012-03-18) (aged 63) 11 September 2006 18 March 2012 Son of Tāufaʻahau Tupou IV Tupou George Tupou V of Tonga
Tupou VI
(1959-07-12) 12 July 1959 (age 57) 18 March 2012 Incumbent Son of Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV Tupou Tupou VI of Tonga

Royal Standard[edit]

Family tree[edit]

See also[edit]

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External links[edit]

  • Tonga – history of Tonga-monarchy and royal genealogy