Royal Appointments - Act of Serjeanty


From the office of the Lord Chamberlain, Nuku'alofa, 19 July 2008: His Majesty King George Tupou V has granted high appointments to two members of the Tongan nobility.

The Honourable Sitiveni ‘Alaivahamama’o Polule’uligana Tanusia ma’a Tonga, has been appointed to the title of Tungi, which was last held by the late King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV before he ascended the throne in 1965.

For the forthcoming coronation, Lord Tungi has been appointed Lord Bearer of the Crown and Lord Tu’ipelehake Lord Protector of the Royal Regalia on 14th July. In recognition of these services, the King has elevated both noblemen to the rank of Prince under his prerogative powers in a formal document known as an Act of Serjeanty dated on 19th July. Future holders of the noble titles of Tungi and Tu’ipelehake positions will succeed to these Princely titles.

In the Order of Precedence, Lord Tungi and Lord Tu’ipelehake will follow immediately after Royal Princes and Princesses. They shall be addressed as Their Serene Highnesses as a mark of esteem, and as an invocation of the ancient origins of the Tungi and Tu’ipelehake titles as Sovereign Lords.

Office of the Lord Chamberlain