Salote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tuita

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Sālote Pilolevu Tuita
Princess Royal of Tonga
Royal Tongan Wedding of 1976.jpg
Princess Salote Pilolevu and The Hon. Siosa'ia Ma'ulupekotofa Tuita on their wedding day in 1976
Born Salote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tuku'aho
(1951-11-14) 14 November 1951 (age 66)
Royal Palace of Fangatapu, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Spouse Siosaʻia Maʻulupekotofa Tuita (m. 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 'Aleamotu'a.
Full name
Sālote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tukuʻaho
House Tupou
Father Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
Mother Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe
Religion Methodism
Royal family of Tonga
Royal Arms of Tonga

Pilolevu, Princess Royal of Tonga, The Honourable Lady Tuita (born; Sālote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tukuʻaho; born on 14 November 1951 in Tonga) is a royal princess of the Kingdom of Tonga and a member of the House of Tupou.

Early Life and education[edit]

Early life[edit]

Salote (Charlotte) was born at The Royal Palace, Nukuʻalofa 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 Mataʻaho, and also the third grandchild of Queen Sālote 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 (1953-2004) and Prince ʻAhoʻeitu (born 1959).

Official duties[edit]


Princess Salote with Princess Marie-Therese of Hohenberg, Mrs. Bailey and 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 29 May she announced that the government would introduce a political reform bill by June 2008
  • On 6 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.


The Princess Royal,[23] with her husband, Tongan nobleman and diplomat, Hon. Siosaʻia Maʻulupekotofa, Lord Tuita of ʻUtungake, are the parents of four daughters:

  • Hon. Sālote Lupepau'u Salamasina Purea Vahine Arii 'Oe Hau Tuita. It was arranged that she should marry the son of a Tongan nobleman, Lord Fusitu'a, from whom she divorced in 2008. They have 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, was formerly engaged to the grandson of the deceased head of state of Samoa Malietoa Tanumafili II. The engagement was later called off due to reasons known only to the two families. 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 'Aleamotu'a. Married to Lopeti Aleamotu’a in June 2016.

and a son, whom they adopted from her brother Prince Fatafehi ʻAlaivahamamaʻo Tukuʻaho (27 September 1954 – 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 – 16 December 1966: Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu of Tonga
  • 16 December 1966 – 18 March 2012: Her Royal Highness The Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu, The Princess Royal of Tonga, Lady Tuita of "Utungake
  • 18 March 2012 – present: Her Royal Highness The Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu of Tonga, The Lady Tuita of "Utungake[22]


National honours
Foreign honours


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


  1. ^ "Tonga's National Day Shanghai 2010". 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Tupou High School 50th Golden Jubilee Celebration". 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Moments to treasure as Monarch and Head of State visit school". 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  5. ^ "New Facilities for Postharvest and Fish Market facilities". 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  6. ^ "HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita opens National Strategic Planning Workshop on Peace, Unity and Development in Tonga". 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Commissioning of the new Inter-Island Ferry MV 'Otuanga'ofa". 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Education's Queen birthday celebration heightens nationwide pride". 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  9. ^ a b "Tonga marks Emperor Akihito's 80th Birthday". 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  10. ^ "King Tupou VI installed Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific". 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  11. ^ "Traditional entertainment for Their Majesties and guests". 2015-07-03. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  12. ^ "Governor-General honours King's Birthday Military Parade". 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  13. ^ "Christening of the Hon. Simon Ma'ulupekotofa Tu'ivakano". 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  14. ^ "His Serene Highness Prince Tungi turns 21". 2011-06-26. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  15. ^ "Queen's spectacular Garden Party". 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  16. ^ "Press Release: Palace Office". 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  17. ^ "Hon. 'Uliti Uata, Tonga's Minister for Health". 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  18. ^ "Hon. 'Uliti Uata appointed as Minister for Health". 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  19. ^ "Address by the Princess Regent: first meeting of the Legislative Assembly". 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  20. ^ "Rememberance(sic) Day: lest we forget – honouring the war veterans". 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  21. ^ "Parliamentary Addresses". 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Tupou10". Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  23. ^ "Tongans mourn passing of king". San Mateo Daily Journal. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "Tonga Marks Coronation Of King Tupou VI | Getty Images". 2015-07-04. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  25. ^ "Photographic image : Lord Tuita and Princess Salote Mafileo Pilolevu Tuita" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  26. ^ "Photographic image : Princess Salote Mafile Pilolevu Tuita" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  27. ^ Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ "Glittering Royal Events Message Board: Re: Coronation in Tonga". 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  29. ^ a b c "Photographic image : Princess Salote Mafile Pilolevu Tuita" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  30. ^ "TONGA". Retrieved 2016-03-13. 

External links[edit]

Salote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tuita
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