Salote Mafileʻo Pilolevu Tuita

Sālote Pilolevu Tuita
Princess Royal of Tonga
Lady Tuita

HRH Princess Salote Pilolevu and Siosa'ia Ma'ulupekotofa Tuita on their wedding day in 1976
Born (1951-11-14) 14 November 1951
Royal Palace of Fangatapu, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
Spouse Hon. 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
House Tupou
Father Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV
Mother Halaevalu Mataʻaho ʻAhomeʻe
Religion Methodism
Royal Family 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 of Tonga and a member of the House of Tupou.

Early Life and education

Early life

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


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.




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

and a son, whom they adopted from her brother Prince Fatafehi ʻAlaivahamamaʻo Tukuʻaho (27 September 1954 – 17 February 2004) :

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

Titles, styles and honours



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 ...


  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. 1 2 "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. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "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. 1 2 3 "Photographic image : Princess Salote Mafile Pilolevu Tuita" (JPG). Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  30. "TONGA". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
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
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