Tongan Princesses marry commoners

Tongan royals usually marry within the small circle of family members and Tongan nobility, and these marriages are often arranged. In case Tongan royals marry commoners after all the King of Tonga even has the right to cancel such marriages. Already last year, when the Crown Prince married a family member, there was a discussion about eventual in-breeding.

But not all family members are in favour of arranged marriages and would like to marry for love. And times are changing. Still Tongans were somewhat surprised when last week it became known that two princess sisters were going to marry commoners this month.

The Hon Frederica Lupe ‘Uluiva Fatafehi’o Lapaha Tuita married Sione Mateialona Filipe “Johnny” – the son of a Tongan businessman – on 10 August at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand. The bride is 10th in line to the throne and the second youngest daughter of Princess Pilolevu, the only sister of King Tupou VI of Tonga.

Frederica’s sister the Hon Sālote Lupepauʻu Salamasina Pureau Vahine Arii ‘o e Hau Tuita is to marry ‘Epeli Taione in an island resort in Fiji on 17 August. The groom is a former Tongan national rugby player and currently the president of the Tonga Rugby Union. She is sixth in line to the Tongan Throne. She previously married Hon Mataʻiʻulua Fusituʻa and they had a daughter, Hon Phaedra ʻIkaleti ʻo Fangatapu Fusituʻa.

Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau has died

Despite of the circumstances quite unexpectedly His Royal Highness Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau died on Monday morning, 12 August 2013, at Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. He died of complications related to the hypoxic brain injury, which he suffered as the result of his skiing accident in Lech, Austria on 17 February 2012. He was taken care of in the Wellington Hospital in London until early July 2013 and was then taken home to The Hague.

Prince Friso was born on 25 September 1968 as son of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands. In April 2004 he married Mabel Wisse Smit, with whom he had two daughters Luana and Zaria. He also leaves behind his mother Princess Beatrix, his brothers King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, his sisters-in-law Queen Máxima and Princess Laurentien, as well as nephews and nieces.

It is not known yet when and where the funeral will take place.

Condolences can be posted on the royal website.