2 Dec (Sat) 2023
The House of Tupou descended from three ancient Dynasties: Tu’i Tonga, Tu’i Ha’atakalaua and Tu’i Kanokupolu, and is a continuation of the Tu’i Kanokupolu Dynasty.
The present monarch, King TUPOU VI has succeeded his eldest brother, His Late Majesty King George TUPOU V who passed away in March 2012.
The lyrics of the anthem were written by Prince Uelingatoni Ngū Tupoumalohi, with music written by Karl Gustavus Schmitt.
The three swords represent the three dynasties or lines of the kings of Tonga, namely the Tuʻi Tonga, Tuʻi Haʻatakalaua and the current Tuʻi Kanokupolu). Tonga was united under King Siaosi Tupou I, who then orchestrated the formation of the first formal government and also the coat of arms. The dove with the olive branch symbolises the wish of God's peace to reign in Tonga forever (the dove and olive branch are taken from the story of Noah and the Great Flood in the Bible).
The three stars symbolise the main island groups of Tonga, which are Tongatapu, Vavaʻu and Haʻapai. The Crown symbolises the ruling monarchy, the King of Tonga. The text on the scroll at the bottom reads Ko e ʻOtua mo Tonga ko hoku Tofiʻa in the Tongan language: 'God and Tonga are my inheritance'.
The royal couple have three children:
HRH Princess Lātūfuipeka Tukuʻaho - ʻAngelika Lātūfuipeka Halaʻevalu Mataʻaho Napuaʻokalani Tukuʻaho is the current High Commissioner to Australia since August 2012.
HRH Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala - Siaosi Manumataongo ʻAlaivahamamaʻo ʻAhoʻeitu Konstantin Tukuʻaho (17 September 1985, Nukuʻalofa) married on 12 July 2012 the Hon. Sinaitakala Fakafanua, daughter of late High Chief Kinikinilau Fakafanua and HRH Princess Ofeina, Lady Fakafanua, both King Tupou VI's first cousins.
HRH Prince Ata - Viliami ʻUnuaki-ʻo-Tonga Mumui Lalaka-Mo-e-ʻEiki Tukuʻaho.