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The eldest daughter of the Tu'i Tonga was styled the Tu'i Tonga Fefine. She held higher rank than her father, her mother or her brothers. She was forbidden from marrying any Tongan mortal. Her eldest daughter was styled Tamaha, the highest dignity on earth, to whom both her mother and grandfather, paid homage.

.....Princess Latutama, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
Daughter of Momo, Tu'i Tonga and  Nua, Ma'itaki, former wife of Ngongokilitoto, of Malapo, and daughter of Lo'au, by a woman from Ha'amea

.....Princess Fatafehi, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
Daughter of Tu'itatu'i, Tu'i Tonga. 

16.... Princess Sinaitakala-'i-Langileka, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
She was daughter of 'Uluakimata I Tele'a, Tu'i Tonga and Mata'ukipa, Ma'itaki. She married Tapu'osi, from Fiji. Her son, Fonomanu, married Princess 'Ekutingapipiki, Tu'i Tonga Fefine, daughter of Fatafehi, Tu'i Tonga. Her daughter was the Tamaha

16.... Princess Fonokimoana, Tamaha
Daughter of Princess Sinaitakala-'i-Langileka, Tu'i Tonga Fefine

16... Princess 'Ekutingapipiki, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
She was daughter of  Fatafehi, Tu'i Tonga and Kaloafutonga, Ma'itaki. She married  Fonomanu, son of Tapu'osi, from Fiji, by his wife, Sinaitakala-'i-Langileka, Tu'i Tonga Fefine, daughter of Uluakimata Tele'a, Tu'i Tonga and was mother of five chldren. Her daughter became the Tamaha

16....  Princess Tu'imala, Tamaha
Daughter of  Princess 'Ekutingapipiki, Tu'i Tonga Fefine and married to Mataeletu'apiko, 3rd Tu'i Kanokupolu.

16... Princess Sinaitakala-'i-Lotunofo, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
Daugther of 'Uluakimatata II, Tu'i Tonga and Toa, Ma'itaki. Married to Tungimana'ia, 2nd Tu'i Ha'ateiho, son of Fakatakatu'u, 1st Tu'i Ha'ateiho. Mother of two daughters of whom the oldest became the Tamaha.

16.... Princess Simuoko, Tamaha.
Daughter of Princess Sinaitakala-'i-Lotunofo, Tu'i Tonga Fefine

16... Princess Sinaitakala-'i-Fanakavalilangi, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
Daughter of  Fakana'ana'a, Tu'i Tonga and Tongotea, Moheofo. Her son, Latunipulu'i-teafua, 2nd Tu'i Lakepa, was first married to Princess Nanasipau'u, Tu'i Tonga Fefine.

16...  Princess Fonokimoana, Tamaha
Daughter of Princess Sinaitakala-'i-Fanakavalilangi, Tu'i Tonga Fefine. Her brother Fonomanu. married Princess 'Ekutingapipiki, Tu'i Tonga Fefine

17.... Princess Nanasipau'u, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
Daughter of  Fatafehi Tu'ipulatu-i-Langi Tu'oteau [Tu'ipulatu II], Tu'i Tonga (who died 1770) and third wife, Latutama. Her oldest daughter became the Tamaha the younger Tu'i Tonga Fefine.

1777-81 and 1789-93 12th Tui'i Kanokupolo Tupou' Mohe'ofo of Tonga
Also known as Tupoumahe'ofo. She held temporal power, wielding absolute power over the life and death of the people. In the first period she reigned jointly with Tu'i Halafatai. She was deposed by Mulikiha'amea , who was Tu'i Ha`atakalaua 1777-99 and Tu'i Kanokupolu) 1777 and 1781-89. Her second husband, the Tu'i Tonga, Fatefehi Paulaho, was the lord of the soil, and enjoyed divine honours. He took no part in the civil government of the country and could not arbitrate in any civil quarrel, but could absolve sinners who had broken the taboo. They received Captain James Cook in 1777. Their two daughters succeeded each other as Tu'i Tonga Fefdine. Tupou' Mohe'ofo was daughter of the 7th Tu'i Konkupolo, and lived (1745-93).
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Around 1780s Princess Fatafehi Ha'apai, Tu'i Tonga Fefine 
Daughter of H.H. Fatefehi Paulaho, Tu'i Tonga and Tupou Moheofo, 12th Tu'i Konokupolo, and married to Takitakimalohi, 3rd Vuna and Tu'i Vava'u, She was mother of  Prince Feileua Veasi, Tamaha (the only known male of that rank), and was succeeded as Tu'i Tonga Fefine by sister.

Around 1790s Princess Sinaitakala-'i-Fekitetele, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
In 1793 she married, as his first wife, Vuna Fa'otusia Fakahiku-'o-'uiha, 6th Tu'i Ha'ateiho, son of Haveatungua, 5th Tu'i Ha'ateiho, by his wife, Princess Nanasipau'u, Tu'i Tonga Fefine. She was mother of a  daughter and succeeded by sister, Princess Fatafehi Lapaha.

1790/1800 Princess Fatafehi Lapaha, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
Married as his second wife, Vuna Fa'otusia Fakahiku-'o-'uiha, 6th Tu'i Ha'ateiho, son of Haveatungua, 5th Tu'i Ha'ateiho, by his wife, Princess Nanasipau'u, Tu'i Tonga Fefine. Fatafehi Lapaha's second husband was Fifitapuku, 2nd Tu'i Ha'angana, son of Fuapau Hikule'o, 1st Tu'i Ha'angana. Succeeded by sister

Around 1820 Princess Fatafehi Ha'apai, Tu'i Tonga Fefine
The last of four sisters on the post of Tu'i Tonga Fefine and the last holder of the title all together.

After 1820 Princess Fatafehi Latufuipeka, Tamaha
Daughter of Princess Nanasipau'u, Tu'i Tonga Fefine and, Latunipulu'i-teafua. She first married  H.H. Tupou Lahisi', 10th Tu'i Konokupolo, son of Tu'ihalafata'i, 9th Tu'i Konokupolo. Her second husband was Kahomovailahi, 3rd Tu'ita and the third was Kiuve'etaha Tu'alau. She had three sons and two daughters by her second husband and one daughter by her third. Succeeded as Tamaha by half-sister Princess 'Amelia Fakahiku-'o-'uiha, Tamaha

Until 1852 The 6th Tamaha Princess 'Amelia Fakahiku-'o-'uiha, Tamaha
Daughter of Princess Nanasipau'u, Tu'i Tonga Fefine and Haveatungua. She married Finau Tuku'aho [Talai Tupou], 14th Tu'i Konokupolo, who was killed by Finau-'Ulukalala in 1799. She (d. 1852)

1918-65 Kuini/Queen and President of the Privy Council H.M Queen Salote Mafile’o Piloevu Veiongo Tupou III (5.4.18-15.12.65)
Also the 24th Tu’i Kano’kupolu, 1923-65 Head of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, the National (Methodist) Church, in 1937 Cr. Dame of the Order of the British Empire, 1945 Dame of the Order Grand Cross and 1953 Dame of the Order of St. James’s. Her husband,  was a member of the nobility and a sideline of the royal family, Prince Uiliame Tupoulahi Tungi, and Premier 1923- 41(†), their son was Premier till she died and he became king Tauf’ahau Toupu IV (1918-1965-). She lived (1900-65)

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1998 (8.5-14.5) Queen Regnant H.R.H.Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho
1999 (-30.4-) Queen Regnant
She has acted as regent on several occasions trough the reign of her husband king Taf’ahau Toupu IV (1918-65-2006), when he was aboard. Born as Princess Halaevalu Mata'aho Ahomee. (b. 1926-)

1988 Princess Regent HRH Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita
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1998 Princess Regent (January)
1999 Princess Regent (July)
2001 Princess Regent (September-November)
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2005 Princess Regent (August-September)
2006 Princess Regent (April)
2006 Princess Regent (May-June)
2007-08 (November-January)
2008 Princess Regent (May-June and November)
2009 Princess Regent (August, October)
2010 Princess Regent (October-November)
2011 Princess Regent (January-February)
Princess Pilolevu was appointed regent for the first time in August 1988  during a period where both her father and brother, the crown prince was absent from the country and in June 2006, May 2008 and January 2011, she read the Speech from the Throne. Acted on various other occations. (1951-)

 

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