The Queen Mother of Tonga, Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho, has died at the age of 90. She was flown to New Zealand last week to be treated for minor medical issues. However, she died in an Auckland hospital on Saturday. The Tongan consul in New Zealand, Stafford ʻAho confirmed her death.
The Tongan consul in New Zealand, Stafford, confirmed her death on Sunday. Her granddaughter, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Mata’aho was, according to local reports, at the Queen Mother’s side when she died.
The Tongan Monarchy is the last of the Polynesian monarchies. Born in 1926, Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho was the mother of two kings: George Tupou V and the current King, Tupou VI. She was the great-granddaughter of the last King of the Tuʻi Tonga Empire. She married Siaosi Tāufa‘āhau on 14, June 1947. He later became King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV after the death of his mother.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth visited Tonga with the Duke of Edinburgh in December 1953. She received both the current King and Queen of Tonga in 2013 and in 2015 at Buckingham Palace.
Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, led the country’s parliament in prayers on Monday morning. The Queen Mother became a widow in 2006 following the death of her husband. She lost her son, George Tupou V, a few years later. Now the people of Tonga, many who live in New Zealand, are mourning the passing of a woman who was well-loved and respected. According to the New Zealand Herald, she lived a ‘magnificent’ life.
According to the New Zealand Herald, she lived a ‘magnificent’ life.
Tonga is a country located in the South Pacific and is made up of more than 170 islands. It’s known to be a very conservative, Christian country. Tonga elected its first Prime Minister in 2010 after 160 years of feudal rule.