Brunei Sultan's Daughter Weds in Elaborate Ceremony
|Sunday, 23 September 2012|
Glittering jewels and the echoes of a 17-gun salute
marked the climax of wedding celebrations for the
daughter of one of the world’s wealthiest men, the
Sultan of Brunei.
Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, 32, and Pengiran
Haji Muhammad Ruzaini, 29, were presented to the royal
court in a lavish traditional ceremony at the sultan’s 1,700-
room palace on Sunday.
Although the couple was legally wed on Thursday after
signing the marriage contract, Sunday’s event marks the
height of more than a week of festivities in the tiny oil-rich
Muslim sultanate on Borneo island.
The bride, dressed in a crystal-beaded beige and silver gown,
was ushered into the throne room by sixteen royal guards
carrying ceremonial spears and shields.
She was seated at the head of the hall in front of 3,000 guests,
including Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Philippines
President Benigno Aquino and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun
Visibly nervous, the groom, wearing beige and gold brocade
to complement his wife’s ensemble, was escorted to the bridal
dias where the sultan took Ruzaini’s hand and placed it on the
bride’s forehead — a symbolic blessing and gesture of affection
in Malay culture.
The monarch also bestowed the groom with the royal title
“Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak”, which roughly translates
as “Son of His Highness” and is reserved only for the upper tiers
of Brunei’s aristocracy.
Two pots of crystal flowers, with eggs tied on to the stalks, were
placed next to the bride and groom on the dias to represent the
hope of a fertile marriage.
The brief 20-minute ceremony concluded with the state religious
leader reading a prayer for the newlyweds asking for God’s
blessing of the union.
As the smiling couple was ushered out of the room by the
bride’s younger brother Prince Abdul Mateen, they took turns
to kiss the hands of the royal family, including the monarch
and Queen Saleha.
A state banquet will be held in the evening, where Malaysian
Prime Minister Najib Razak and other foreign dignitaries are
expected to attend. Queen Elizabeth II also sent a message to
the Brunei royal family — which has ruled the sultanate for
600 years — congratulating the newlyweds and wishing them
“a happy wedding day and many blessed years together”.
The pomp and pageantry of the royal wedding is a rare source of
excitement in Brunei, which is known for its slow pace of life and
lack of nightlife — alcohol is largely banned under Islamic practice.
It is the first time one of the sultan’s children — five sons and
seven daughters from three marriages — has married since 2007.
Hafizah, who has a degree in business administration, is the fifth
child of the sultan and Queen Saleha and works as an officer at
the finance ministry. Ruzaini is a civil servant in the prime
The sultanate, which dates back to the 15th century, is a Malay
Muslim absolute monarchy which gained full independence
from Britain in 1984. Situated on a sliver of Borneo island,
with Malaysia and Indonesia occupying the rest, it is a major
producer of oil and liquefied natural gas.
The energy wealth has brought Brunei’s citizens, who number
fewer than 400,000, one of the highest per capita incomes in Asia.
Sultan of Brunei's Daughter's Wedding May Cost $20
Million, is Going on for a Week Possibly the most lavish
wedding the world has ever seen happened Friday, in
Brunei, where the Sultan's daughter Hajah Hafizah
Sururul Bolkiah, 32, married a 29-year-old civil servant.
The ongoing week-long celebration is estimated to involve
2,000 guests and will end this Sunday night when
the newlyweds are presented at court. The ceremony
itself, according to the UK paper The Daily Mail,
took place in the Istana Nurul Iman Palace, a 1,700
room palace that's home to the Sultan and his family.
The princess's older brother, heir to the throne of
Brunei, married in 2004 at a speculated cost of
$5 million, reports say, but wedding planner Maya
Kalman, founder of Swank Productions in New York
City confirmed Yahoo! Shine's suspicion that this
wedding might cost much more than that. "The rule
of thumb for our average luxury wedding is $1,000
per guest," Kalman says. "I would guess timate that
a no-holds-barred event like this could easily be $15
to $20 million." Those figures include only wedding itself.
Additional celebrations throughout the week could be
an additional $15 to $20 million, Kalman speculates. --
Valerie Isakova -http://shine.yahoo.com
The bride, dressed in a crystal-beaded beige
and silver gown, was ushered into the
throne room by sixteen royal guards carrying
ceremonial spears and shields.
The brief 20-minute ceremony concluded with the state
religious leader reading a prayer
for the newlyweds asking for God's blessing of the union.
PENGIRAN HAJI MUHAMMAD RUZAINI BERSAMA AYAHANDA DAN BONDA
As the smiling couple were ushered out of the room by the bride's younger brother Prince Abdul Mateen, they took turns to kiss the hands of the royal family, including the monarch and Queen Saleha.
Puteri Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah(32) mengahwini Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini(29. Puteri
Hafizah merupakan anak ke-5 Sultan Brunei dengan isterinya Permaisuri Saleha. Kedua
pengantin ini merupakan kakitangan kerajaan dan Puteri Hafizah yang menpunyai degree
dalam Business Administration bekerja sebagai pegawai di kementerian kewangan dan
Pangiran Ruzaini pula merupakan penjawat awam di Pejabat Perdana Menteri.
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dengan Yang Mulia Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini
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