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Prince Viliami Tung? Mailefihi
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Prince Viliami
Prince Consort of Tonga
Tenure5 April 1918 - 20 July 1941
7th Prime Minister of Tonga
In office30 June 1923 - 20 July 1941
MonarchS?lote Tupou III
PredecessorHon. Tevita Tu?ivakano
SuccessorHon. Solomone Ula Ata
Born(1888-11-01)1 November 1888
Tonga
Died20 July 1941(1941-07-20) (aged 52)
Tonga
Burial
Mala'e Kula Royal Tombs
SpouseS?lote Tupou III
IssueT?ufahau Tupou IV
Prince Uiliami Tuku'aho
Prince Sione Fatafehi Tu'ipelehake
HouseTu'i Ha'atakalaua
FatherHon. Siaosi Tuku?aho, 3rd Premier of Tonga
MotherHon. Mele Siu?ilikutapu
ReligionMethodism

Viliami Tung? Mailefihi (1 November 1888 - 20 July 1941) was a Tongan high chieftain and Prince Consort of Queen S?lote Tupou III. He served as Prime Minister of Tonga from 1923 until his death in 1941.[1]

Biography

The Royal Family of Tonga, Circa 1930. centre: Prince Tung? and Queen S?lote; left & front: their 3 sons Prince Taufa'ahau, Prince Sione and Prince Tuku'aho; right: The Queen's sister, Princess Fusipala

Prince Tungi was the son of The Honourable Siaosi Tuku?aho (Lord Tungi of Tatakamotonga) who served as Prime Minister of Tonga from to 1890 to 1893. Tung?'s grandfather was Tung? Halatuituia. The line of Tung? chiefs hailed from the exalted village of Tatakamotong. They were descended from the defunct line of Tu?i Ha?atakalaua High Chiefs, who in that time were more or less seen as deputy rulers under the Tu?i Tong Kings. As such, they had a fiercely loyal following among the people of Mu?a if not from the whole Hahake district of Tongatapu Island. His mother, Lady Mele Siu?ilikutapu was the granddaughter of the Tu?i Vava?u: F?nau ?Uluk?lala III (Tuapasi). As the nephew of the young and unmarried King Siaosi Tupou II, Tungi was the Heir-to-the-Throne, until the King's marriage and the birth of his first child, The Princess S?lote, in 1900. In 1911 Prince Tungi represented the Tongan King at the Coronation of King George V in London.[2]

Tung? was educated at Tupou College, Tonga and Newington College, Sydney, commencing in 1896, aged nine. He was one of seven Tongan nobles to attend Newington at the time.[3] He was a follower of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

He was selected by King Siaosi Tupou II to marry his oldest daughter and heiress presumptive, Princess S?lote. The King favored this match even though she was 12 years younger than Tungi. The Christian wedding ceremony took place on 19 September 1916. The traditional Tongan matrimonial ceremony (known as the Tu'uvala) was celebrated on 21 September. In less than a year, King Siaosi Tupou II would die, and his daughter (The Princess S?lote) would be crowned as the regnant Queen of Tonga.

The opening years of Queen Salote's reign were fraught with political difficulties. There was a schism between the two branches of the Methodist Church; and a republican movement threatened to unseat the fledgling monarch. The personality and high status of Prince Tungi helped to elevate the esteem of the people toward their young queen.

One of the most eminent accomplishments (contributed by Queen Salote and Prince Tungi) was the births of their children. Between them, The Queen and her Consort carried the blood of all three ancient royal dynasties: the Tu'i Tonga, the Tu'i Ha'atakalaua and the Tu'i Kanokupolu. Their son (The Prince Tuku'aho) died in 1936. However, the other two sons (The Prince Taufa'ahau and The Prince Sione) carried and passed on the combined bloodlines of the three ancient royal dynasties.

Prince Tungi served as his wife's Prime Minister from 1923 until his death in 1941. His own experience helped him to train The Queen in the vocation of kingship and government. His death in 1941 during the Second World War was a devastating blow to Queen Salote and yet like Britain's Queen Victoria, she learned to serve her people in spite of her grief and loss.

Titles and honours

  • 1887-1893: The Honourable Viliami Mailefihi, Lord Tung? of Tatakamotonga
  • 1893-1900: Lord Viliami Tung? Mailefihi, The Heir Presumptive to the Throne of Tonga
  • 1900-1917: The Honourable Viliami Mailefihi, Lord Tung? of Tatakamotonga
  • 1917-1918: His Royal Highness Prince Viliami Tung? of Tonga
  • 1918-1923: His Royal Highness Prince Viliami Tung?, The Prince Consort of Tonga
  • 1923-1941: HRH Prince Viliami Tung?, The Prince Consort of Tonga, Prime Minister of Tonga

References

  1. ^ Genealogy
  2. ^ "A PRINCE OF TONGA". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879-1954). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 29 March 1911. p. 4. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Crown Prince of Tonga". Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870-1907). NSW: National Library of Australia. 20 November 1897. p. 19. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Royal Ark
  5. ^ Royal Ark
  6. ^ Royal Ark
Viliami Tung? Mailefihi
Born: 1 November 1887 Died: 20 July 1941
Preceded by
Tevita Tu?ivakano
Prime Minister of Tonga
1923-1941
Succeeded by
Solomone Ula Ata
Preceded by
?Anaseini Takip?
as queen consort
Prince consort of Tonga
1918-1941
Succeeded by
Halaevalu Mata?aho ?Ahome?e
as queen consort

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