TONGA

ORDERS & DECORATIONS

The Order of Pouono (Fakalangilangi ‘o Pouono): founded by King George Tupou II ca. 1893. Awarded in a single class (Member - chain, badge, breast star and riband) and reserved for the King and foreign Heads of State only. Copyright© Christopher Buyers

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The Order of Pouono - chain, badge, breast star and riband.

The Order of the Crown of Tonga (Fakalangilangi ‘o Kalauni ‘o Tonga): founded by King George Tupou II on 6th April 1913 as a reward for exceptional services to the state and to the crown. Reorganised by King George Tupou V on 31st July 2008. Awarded in four classes (1. Knight Grand Cross - collar, badge, breast star and riband, 2. Grand Cross - badge, breast star and riband, 3. Commander - neck badge and ribbon, and 4. Member - badge and chest ribbon).Copyright© Christopher Buyers

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The Order of the Crown of Tonga, Grand Cross or second class -
riband and sash badge (top), miniature badge (upper left), buttonhole rosette (bottom left), breast star (centre) and ribbon (right).

The Royal Order of St George: founded by King George Tupou V in 2009 to reward distinguished and meritorious military services by members of the uniformed services, including the Tonga Defence Services. Awarded in five classes (1. Grand Cross, 2. Grand Officer, 3. Commander, 4. Officer, and 5. Member) and three associated medals (see medals). Copyright© Christopher Buyers

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The Royal Order of St George, Grand Cross or first class -
breast star (left), riband and sash badge (right).

The Most Illustrious Order of Queen Salote Tupou III (Fakalangilangi Ma’olunga ‘o Kuini Salote Tupou III): founded by King George Tupou V on 28th June 2008 as the principal civil reward for meritorious services. Awarded in four classes (1. Knight Grand Cross - collar, badge, breast star and riband, 2. Grand Cross - badge, breast star and riband, 3. Commander - neck badge and ribbon, and 4. Member - badge and chest ribbon).Copyright© Christopher Buyers

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The Most Illustrious Order of Queen Salote, Grand Cross or second class -
breast star (left), riband and sash badge (centre) and miniature badge (right).).

The Order of King George Tupou I (Fakalangilangi ‘o Kingi Sia'osi Tupou I): founded by King George Tupou I as a general reward for meritorious services to the kingdom. Awarded in three classes (1. Knight Grand Cross - badge, breast star and riband, 2. Knight Commander - neck badge and ribbon with breast star, and 3. Companion - badge and chest ribbon). Superceded by the Royal Household Order in 2009. Copyright© Christopher Buyers

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The Order of King George Tupou I (type I insignia): Knight Grand Cross or first class - breast star (above), Knight Commander or second class (below) - breast star (L) and neck badge (R).  

The Most Devoted Royal Household Order of Tonga: founded by King George Tupou V in 2009 as a purely Royal Family order, conferred exclusively by the sovereign, on his own initiative, on members of the Royal Family and for personal services rendered to the sovereign and members of his family. Awarded in five classes (1. Grand Cross, 2. Grand Officer, 3. Commander, 4. Officer, and 5. Member) and three associated medals (see medals). Copyright© Christopher Buyers

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The Royal Household Order: Grand Cross or first class - sash and sash badge (left), breast star (right) and miniature badge (above).

The King George V Royal Family Order: founded by King George Tupou V in 2008 and awarded to ladies of the Tongan and foreign Royal families.Copyright© Christopher Buyers

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The King George Tupou V Royal Family Order: shoulder bow.

The Tonga Cross of Merit: instituted by King George Tupou II on 4th December 1896 and awarded in two classes (1. First Class - gold enamelled badge and chest ribbon, 2. Second Class - silver enamelled badge and chest ribbon. Obsolete.

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The Order of the Crown of Tonga - Member 4th class Type I (L) and the Tonga Cross of Merit, 1st class (R).

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