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King of Tonga delays permission for daughter’s marriage

King Tupou VI of Tonga has again delayed his decision on the marriage of his only daughter, Princess Latufuipeka Angelika Tuku’aho. The 33-year-old Princess is looking to marry Eiki Fakaʻosifono Valevale, who proposed to her in January 2014. The constitution of Tonga leaves the final decision to the King. If he does not give permission and the pair marry anyway, the King has the ability to declare the marriage invalid and to remove the persons involved from the line of succession.

Last Tuesday Eiki Fakaʻosifono Valevale, his family and an entourage appeared at the royal palace in the capital of Nuku’alofa to inquire into the decision in a traditional way. During the “faitohi” the prospective groom once again approached the Princess’s parents to ask for her hand in marriage. Afterwards, a representative of the King informed them that the King had not yet made a decision.

Princess Lātūfuipeka (full name Angelika Lātūfuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho Napua-o-kalani Tuku’aho)  is the only daughter and eldest child of King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho. Her middle name refers to her grandmother, Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho. She has two younger siblings, Crown Prince Tupouto’a Ulukalala and Prince Ata. She is in the line of succession to the Tongan throne after her younger brothers.

She was educated at Queen Salote College and the Tonga Side School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Geneva International University in 2004 and obtained a master’s degree in Management in 2010 and a follow-on Masters of Business in 2011 from the Australian National University. She wrote as an administrator at the Tonfön from 2004 to 2008 and has held the post of High Commissioner of Tonga to Australia since 22 August 2012, a post previously held by her father.

She is a patron of the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC) and the Tonga Football Association (TFA).

 

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