Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho

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Queen Nanasipauʻu
Queen Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho festivity.jpg
Queen Nanasipauʻu at the festivities before her coronation
Queen consort of Tonga
Tenure 18 March 2012 – present
Coronation 4 July 2015[1]
Born (1954-03-08) March 8, 1954 (age 63)
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Spouse Tupou VI (m. 1982)
Issue Princess Latufuipeka
Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala
Prince Ata
Full name
Nanasipauʻu Vaea
Father Baron Vaea
Mother Baroness Tuputupu Vaea
Religion Methodism
Royal family of Tonga
Royal Arms of Tonga

Nanasipauʻu, (née Nanasipauʻu Vaea; born 8 March 1954) is the Queen consort of Tupou VI (and his second cousin),[2] who ascended the throne as the King of Tonga in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Hon. Nanasipauʻu Vaea is the daughter of the Baron Vaea, a former Prime Minister of Tonga from 1991 to 2000, and Baroness Tuputupu Vaea.[3] She has six siblings:

  • Dowager Lady Luseane Luani, born Hon. Luseane Vaea (widow of Sione Laumanuʻuli Luani The Late Noble Luani).
  • ʻAlipate Tuʻivanuavou, Lord Vaea, who married the sister of the late Lord Fakafānua, Hon. Siatukimoana Fakafānua Vaea, The Honourable Lady Vaea. She is the paternal aunt of Crown Princess Sinaitakala.
  • Lady ʻAmelia Luoluafetuʻu, born Hon. ʻAmelia Luoluafetuʻu Vaea (former-wife of The Noble Lasike).
  • Hon. Cassandra Vaea, (formerly HSH Cassandra Tuku'aho) former-wife of Prince Tuipelehake (formerly Hon. Viliami Sione Ngu Takeivulai Tuku'aho) son the late HSH Tu'ipelehake (Mailefihi) and his former wife Mele Vikatolia Faletau.
  • Late Hon. Moimoikimofuta Kaifahina Vaea.
  • Late Hon. Ratu Edward Palalaika 'a Tungi Vaea.[3]

Marriage[edit]

She was married at the Chapel Royal in Nukuʻalofa on 11 December 1982 to Tupou VI and the couple have three children and two grandchildren:[4]

Patronages[edit]

  • Patron of the Women’s and Children’s Centre.
  • Patron of the Tonga Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).
  • Patron of the Alcohol & Drug Awareness Centre.
  • Patron of the Hihifo District’s Women’s Committee.
  • Chairman of the Queen Salote College Old Girls’ Association.
  • Chairman of the Lakalaka Preservation and Revitalization Committee since 2004.
  • President of the Pan-Pacific & South-East Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) since 2001.
  • Honorary Member of the Tongan History Association.
  • Honorary Member of the Tongan Research Association.
  • Member of the Tongan Executive Committee of PPSEAWA.
  • President of the Tonga National Council for Women (since 2017).
  • President of the Tonga Red Cross Society (TRCS) since 2017.

Notable published works[edit]

  • Kaeppler, A.L.; Taumoefolau, M.; Tukuʻaho, N., & Wood-Ellem, E. (2004): Songs and poems of Queen Salote. ISBN 978-982-213-008-9

Titles and honours[edit]

Titles[edit]

  • 8 March 1954 – 11 December 1982 : The Honorable Nanasipauʻu Vaea.
  • 11 December 1982 – 10 September 2006 : Her Royal Highness Princess Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho of Tonga.
  • 10 September 2006 – 18 March 2012 : Her Royal Highness Princess Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho, The Crown Princess of Tonga.[6]
  • Since 18 March 2012 : Her Majesty Queen Nanasipauʻu, The Queen of Tonga.

Honours[edit]

Orders[edit]

Medals[edit]

  •  Tonga : Coronation Jubilee Medal Tonga 04071992.png King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Coronation Silver Jubilee Medal (4 July 1992) [4]
  •  Tonga : Coronation Medal 01082008 (Tonga).png King George Tupou V Coronation Medal (1 August 2008) [4]
  •  Tonga : Coronation Medal 04072015 (Tonga).gif King George Tupou VI Coronation Medal (4 July 2015) [4]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]


Vacant
Title last held by
Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe
Queen consort of Tonga
2012–Present
Incumbent