Monday, 13 April 2015

Malay Royals attend Bruneian wedding: April 12

Another day, another royal wedding!

The Happy Couple Source: Daily Mail/Reuters
This time it was the wedding of the son of the Sultan of Brunei, Prince Abdul Malik, 31, to his new bride Dayangku Raabi'atul 'Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah, 22, an IT specialist, at  the Istana Nural Iman Place in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. A number of our friends-in-focus, the Malay royals, were there.

From second left: The Sultan of Pahang (in blue), the Sultan of Brunei, The Sultan of Johor, the Raja of Perlis (in white). In the back, Sultanah of Pahang (in red), Sultanah of Brunei (in pink), and the Raja Permaisuri Perak behind.  Source Brunei Times

In true Malay tradition there are a number of events to this wedding. We won't go through all of them here, but of interest might be the Majlis Istiadat Berbedak or 'royal blessing ceremony' which took place on April 9. You can watch the video below courtesy of the Brunei Times. No Malay royals yet though. 

Secondly, the traditional Majlis Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja ceremony took place at the palace's Balai Singgahsana Indera Buana (throne hall) on April 12. This is the ceremony where the bride and groom, dressed in traditional attire, are enthroned and presented to the assembled, and all-round treated like king and queen. 

I'm sure it wasn't difficult: the bride wore her new Mother-in-Law (Queen  Saleha)'s emerald tiara and necklace - some of the emeralds are the size of quail eggs! - as well as crystal encrusted Christian Louboutin heels, and carried a diamond bouquet. As you do.

The Shoe. Source DM/R
Finally, there was the royal banquet, the event where we have the best look at our Malay royals. Sadly, it seems the ladies left their tiaras at home, though Sultanah Kalsom of Pahang does appear to have a floral arrangement in place - bless her. Not to be outdone, the bride and groom did a quick change (she switched out Queen Saleha's emeralds for her rubies. Again, as you do). 

A quick costume/tiara/necklace change later... Source: DM/R

The Raja and Raja Perempuan Perlis Source: BT

The Sultan and Raja Permaisuri Perak. More on these two later, they have their own installation coming up soon. Source: BT
It's a bit hard to see them all, but the video does have a nice look at the Malay arrivals at about 1.05 minutes  in.

If you pause (and squint) at 1.29, when everyone is assembled around the table, on the far side I think we can see the Sultan of Pahang in blue, the Sultan and Sultanah of Terengganu (he in yellow, she in green), on her right the Sultan of Johor, next to him, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Brunei. Back over in the foreground the back of the heads of the Sultan and Raja Permaisuri Perak, then on his right is the Yamtuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, then the Sultan of Selangor, and the Raja and Raja Perempuan Perlis. And if that's confusing it's because I haven't yet posted about the different titles the Malays all use! I'm getting to it.

Screenshot, from left: Raja Permaisuri Perak, Sultanah Terengganu, Sultanah Pahang, Sultanah Brunei, Raja Perempuan Perlis. 

Anyway, congratulations to the happy couple.

I'll update here if more pics are available.

Update 14 April

A few more pictures of the Pahang and Brunei royals at the banquet:

Update #2

The Bruneian Government has released a few more photos of the guests:

The Sultan of Perak

The Raja Permaisuri of Perak

The Sultan of Terengganu

The Sultanah of Terengganu

The Sultan of Johor and the Raja of Perlis

The Sultan of Selangor, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, the Sultan of Perak

The Raja of Perlis, the Sultanah of Brunei, the Raja Perempuan of Perlis, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan.
Group Shot:
From left: Crown Princess & Crown Prince Brunei, Sultan Johor, Sultanah & Sultan Terengganu, Sultanah & Sultan Pahang, Sultan Brunei, the bridal couple, Sultanah Brunei, Raja & Raja Perempuan Perlis, Sultan Selangor, Yamtuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Sultan & Raja Permaisuri Perak,  the last two are the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) Sarawak & his wife. 

Can you imagine how much fun it would be to be in the golf buggy with these two in the driving seat? 

Sources: The Brunei Times, The Daily Mail, Brunei Government. Copyright retained by their respective owners, all rights reserved.

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