BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Monday, April 13, 2015
His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia (YAM)
Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Hj Bolkiah
were presented together for the first time in a glittering ceremony at
Istana Nurul Iman.
The Majlis Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja (sitting-in-state
ceremony) took place at the palace‘s Balai Singgahsana Indera Buana
(throne hall) yesterday, marking the height of wedding celebrations that
started on April 5.
All eyes were on the royal couple, who were dressed in matching
gold-coloured brocade attire and seated on a specially built gold and
Gracing the ceremony were His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei
Darussalam, and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Saleha.
Also present were His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee
Billah, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran
Anak Sarah and other royal family members.
Among the VIP guests were Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul
Aziz, governor of Saudi Arabia’s Ha’il region; Head of Sarawak State Tun
Dato Laila Utama Tun Pehin Sri Dr Hj Abdul Taib Mahmud; Sabah Chief
Minister Dato Seri Paduka Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman as well as Datuk
Amar Hj Awg Tengah Ali Hasan, minister of Planning and Environment II
The ceremony began when a group of four Awang-awang entered the throne hall, followed by the lighting of dian empat (a set of four ceremonial candles).
This was followed by two Awang-awang bearing a two-piece kasur namat,
a yellow mattress and a silk mat embroidered with gilded threads, which
they then placed in the centre of the ceremonial candles.
Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Dewa Major General (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan
Awang Hj Mohamad Hj Daud then informed Chief of Adat Istiadat YAM
Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Hj Abdul Aziz that
the ceremony to invite the royal couple was ready to start.
Following the monarch’s consent, Datin Hjh Edah Hj Mohd Noor, spouse
of the Legislative Council Speaker, and Datin Paduka Hjh Jahrah Hj
Mohammad, wife of the Minister of Education, proceeded to fetch the
It was then the turn of YAM Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul
Karib Pengiran Anak Hj Idris and YAM Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila
Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Hj Abdul Rahim to usher in the
31-year-old groom. Joining them were other Pengiran-pengiran Cheterias
(people of nobility) and State Mufti YB Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato
Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz Juned.
Clad in a gold wedding dress with intricate lace details, the
22-year-old bride walked down the aisle carrying a small bouquet of
diamond-encrusted flowers. She also wore a tiara as well as an emerald
and diamond necklace to complete her ensemble.
Accompanying the bride were group of seven female pahawai carrying royal regalia items including puan (silver vessel to hold flower), tarian (a set of eight silver cases), kabuk and panastan (a set of 16 silver water containers with tray), kiap (a pair of fans embroidered with gilded threads that display Quranic verses, chupu (an ornamental vessel), pasigupan (an instrument used for smoking) and kaskul (gold chest used to store betel nuts).
Also part of the bride’s entourage were 16 Dayang-dayang bearing a
set of 16 ceremonial candles and another group of Dayang-dayang carrying
kaskul langguai, which is used to store four betel nut silver boxes.
Meanwhile, the groom’s entrance was led by 40 Awang-awang carrying sinipit or spears, followed by Juru Bini and Hulubalang Diraja or warriors who carried pemuras (gun) and karga, which is used to carry the bullets. Hulubalang askar (military nobility) carried kelasak (shield) and kampilan (long blade).
Once the groom was seated on the dais, His Majesty took his hand and
placed it on the bride’s head, a symbolic blessing on the official union
of the prince and his bride. The moment was also marked with a 17-gun
salute, followed by salawat (invocation to Prophet Muhammad), which was read by the State Mufti.
The ceremony also saw the conferment of royal title Yang Amat Mulia
Pengiran Anak Isteri on the bride, by command of His Majesty.
Following a doa selamat read by the State Mufti, HRH Prince
‘Abdul Wakeel walked towards the dais and escorted the royal couple to
leave Balai Singgahsana Indera Buana.
Later, the newlyweds and the royal family then met with His Majesty’s VIP guests in a separate room in the palace.
HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Education Studies (English Medium), is the sixth child of Their
The bride is the second of 10 children. Her parents are Fire and
Rescue Department personnel Pg Hj Bolkiah Pg Hj Jaluddin and religious
teacher Pg Hjh Noor’aismah Pg Hj Ismail.
The royal wedding from April 5-15, will conclude with the Majlis
Istiadat Membaca Doa Selamat and Majlis Istiadat Menutup Gendang
Courtesy The Brunei Times
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