Tonga is very much a Royal society. The current King - Tupou VI - was crowned July 2015 in a huge ceremony lasting days with traditional feasting and dancing.
The Royal Palace takes pride of place on the foreshore and you can often hear sirens for the Royal cavalcade!. We live near the "Kings" church where they attend. Our first Sunday they dressed us up as Tongans with the traditional mat (photos later!) and the Queen was in attendance.
The Royal Family is extensive and anyone not directly of the Royal family is a Noble. Queen Salote was a particularly loved Queen - and a rarity - only the male line has succession unless there are no male heirs. She had a governess called Leisali - a nice version of my name! The kings and queen of Tonga since the founding of the constitutional monarchy in 1875:
King George Tupou I(also known as Taufa'ahau Tupou I)
King George Tupou IIReigned 1893-1918
Queen Salote Tupou IIIReigned 1918-1965
King Taufa'ahau Tupou IVReigned 1965-2006
King George Tupou VReigned 2006-2012
King Tupou VIReign 2012-Present
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