Salote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tuita

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Sālote Pilolevu Tuita
Princess Royal of Tonga
Royal Tongan Wedding of 1976.jpg
HRH Princess Salote Pilolevu and Siosa'ia Ma'ulupekotofa Tuita on their wedding day in 1976
Born (1951-11-14) 14 November 1951 (age 64)
Royal Palace, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Spouse Hon. Siosa'ia Ma'ulupekotofa Tuita, (m. 20 July 1976)
Issue Hon. Sālote Lupepau'u Salamasina Purea Vahine Arii 'Oe Hau Tuita Taione, Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava'u Tuita Tu'ivakano, Hon. Frederica Lupe'uluiva Fatafehi 'o Lapaha Tuita Filipe, Hon. Lupeolo Halaevalu Moheofo Virginia Rose Tuita
House House of Tupou
Father Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
Mother Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe
Religion Methodism
Royal Family of Tonga
Royal Arms of Tonga

HM The King
HM The Queen

HM The Queen Mother

Salote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tuita, Lady Tuita (born Salote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tuku'aho; on 14 November 1951 in Tuku'aho, Tonga) is Princess Royal of Tonga and a member of the House of Tupou.

Early Life and education[edit]

Early life[edit]

Salote was born at The Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa on 14 November 1951 as the second child after Prince Siaosi (born: 1948) and the only daughter of Crown Prince Tāufaʻāhau and his wife Crown Princess Halaevalu Mata'aho, and also the third grandchild of Queen Salote Tupou III of Tonga, whom she is named after. She was baptised in the Methodist Faith.

She was educated at the Anglican Diocesan School for Girls, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand.

She was followed by two other brothers: Prince Fatafehi (born: 1954) and Prince ʻAhoʻeitu (born: 1959).

Official duties[edit]


Princess Salote with Princess Marie-Therese of Hohenberg, Lady Bailey and Sir Anthony Bailey at her younger brother coronation on 4 July 2015.

She is one of the main working members of the Tongan royal family and, although she spends most of her time away from Tonga, she works to build and maintain foreign relations with Tonga.

On 2 August 2010, Salote accompanied the Tongan Director of Tourism at the World Expo in Shanghai to help boost tourism for Tonga.[1]

In June 2013, as Patron of Tupou High School, she organised the 50th year celebrations of the school.[2]

On 20 November 2013, she hosted the party for the 15th year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Tonga and China; guests invited to enhance the relationship were: Li Baodong, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Li Xiaolin, Chairman of the China Power Investment Corporation.[3]

Sometimes solo or accompanied by either her husband or members of the royal family, She inaugurates schools,[4] centres,[5][6] and new attractions.[7]

Also sometimes alone or in the company of members of the royal family, Salote carries out official visits abroad.[8][9][10]

She attends events in Tonga, such as: Coronations,[11] Military Parades,[12] Christenings,[13] Weddings and Birthdays.[14][15]


Until the accession of her youngest brother, King Tupou VI She had been appointed as automatic regent in his absence up until on the 11th March her brother King Tupou abolished the regency, the official statement was: "His Majesty has decided that there will not be a Regent appointed during his absence as the new Constitutional arrangements make such an appointment unnecessary"; She had served as Regent 4 times.[16]

Salote is also a member of the Privy Council.

  • On the 29th of May she announced that the government would introduce a political reform bill by June 2008
  • On the 6th of November she delivered the closing address of the year to the parliament.[21]


  • President of the Tonga-China Friendship Association.
  • President of the Tonga Amateur Sports Association & National Olympic Committee (1997-2000).
  • President of the ‘Unuaki ‘o Tonga Royal Institute (UTRI). Board of Directors since 2003.
  • Royal Patron of Whales.[22]
  • Patron Atenesi Foundation for the Performing Arts 1987.
  • Patron of the Tongan History Association 1989-2005.
  • Patron of the Ha’apai Growers Cttee since 1997.
  • Patron of the Tongan Research Association since 2005.
  • Patron of the Kotai Movement.
  • Patron of the Fofo’anga (Kava Tonga Club).
  • Patron of the Tonga Breast Cancer Society.
  • Chairwoman of Tongasat, and other companies.
  • Director of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga.
  • Life Member of the Fasi Ma’ufanga Rugby Club.


,[23] with her husband, Tongan diplomat, Lord Ma'ulupekotofa Tuita. They are the parents of four daughters :

  • Hon. Sālote Lupepau'u Salamasina Purea Vahine Arii 'Oe Hau Tuita, who was arranged to marry a son of a Tongan noble who she filed for divorce for in 2008 and they both had one daughter Hon. Phaedra Anaseini Tupouveihola Ikaleti Olo-'i-Fangatapu Fusituʻa. She married a commoner, a former 'Ikale Tahi rugby player 'Epeli Taione in a private wedding ceremony in Fiji on 17 August 2013.
  • Hon. Titilupe Fanetupouvava'u Tuita Tu'ivakano, who was formerly engaged to the grandson of the former head of state of Samoa Malietoa Tanumafili II but later called off the engagement due to some family reasons. Fanetupouvava'u was then also later arranged to be married to a son of another Tongan noble, the present prime minister of Tonga, Sialeʻataongo Tuʻivakanō. They both have three children together, Hon. Simon Ma'ulupekotofa, Hon. Michaela and Hon. Fatafehi.
  • Hon. Frederica Lupe'uluiva Fatafehi 'o Lapaha Tuita Filipe, or known as Frederica Filipe like her older sister Lupepau'u she married a commoner, who is a son of a Tongan businessman Sione Mateialona Filipe last year in Auckland, New Zealand, 10 August 2013. Frederica gave birth on October, 2014 to a baby girl called Latu'alaifotu'aika Fahina e Paepae Tian Tian Filipe.
  • Hon. Lupeolo Halaevalu Moheofo Virginia Rose Tuita

and a son, whom they adopted from her brother Prince Fatafehi ʻAlaivahamamaʻo Tukuʻaho (27 September 1979 – 17 February 2004) :

  • Fatafehi Sione Ikamafana Tānekinga ʻo Tonga (* 2003 – )

Lord Ma'ulupekotofa Tuita (left) and Princess Pilolevu Tuita (right)

Titles, styles and honours[edit]


  • 14 November 1951 – 20 July 1976: Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu, Princess Royal of Tonga
  • 20 July 1976 - 18 March 2012: Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita, Princess Royal of Tonga, Lady Tuita
  • 18 March 2012 – Present: Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita, Lady Tuita[24]


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

National honours
Foreign honours


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


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Salote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tuita
House of Tupou
Born: 14 November 1951
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Lātūfuipeka Tukuʻaho
Line of succession to the Tongan throne
6th position
Succeeded by
Hon. Sālote Lupepau'u Tuita