Now THAT’S a Royal Wedding!
by Bianca London and Deborah Arthurs. Posted on September 21, 2012, Friday
Sultan of Brunei celebrates marriage of daughter, 32, with spectacular ceremony straight out of Arabian Nights, Daily mail Reported.
• Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah marries civil servant Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini, 29 today
• The family prepared for wedding with a lavish ceremony held in the Throne Hall of the Istana Nurul Iman palace
• 1,700-room palace is home to the Sultan, whose family have ruled in Brunei for 600 years
• Both bride and groom work for the Sultan of Brunei in the Prime Minister’s office
The daughter of the Sultan of Brunei, one of the world’s wealthiest men, wed groom Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini today in a dazzling ceremony at the monarch’s 1,700-room palace.
Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, 32, the fifth child of the Sultan and his wife, Queen Saleha, and her groom Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini, 29, exchanged their vows this afternoon in front of scores of gathered family and friends, royals and international dignitaries.
Both the bride and groom work in Governmental roles as employees of the Sultan of Brunei, with Hafizah, who has a degree in business administration, working as an officer in the finance ministry, and Ruzaini a civil servant in the Prime Minister’s office.
Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah (left) and her groom Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini (right) attended a ceremony ahead of their wedding, which took place today –Photo by WENN.com
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, right, and Queen Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha at the pre-wedding ceremony yesterday –Photo taken from dailymail.co.uk
The pre-wedding ceremony and the wedding both took place at the Brunei monarch’s 1,700-room palace –Photo by WENN.com
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah led a ceremony ahead of today’s wedding, where daughter Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah was dressed in lavish silks and prepared for today’s service –Photo by WENN.com
The Sultan is Prime Minister of the small oil-rich Muslim sultanate that has been governed for 600 years by the same royal family, and also holds the roles of finance and defence minister.
The sultan has 12 children, five sons and seven daughters, from his three marriages, and the wedding is the first involving one of the sultan’s children since 2007.
The couple then exchanged their vows in front of some the most powerful people in the region including Prime Minister Najib Razak of neighbouring Malaysia.
The guest list for the wedding was not released ahead of the day, but many international royals and dignitaries were preparing to attend, including Prime Minister Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of neighbouring Malaysia –Photo by WENN.com
The opulent Throne Hall of Istana Nurul Iman palace played host to the service yesterday –Photo by WENN.com
The daughter of the sultan of Brunei, one of the world’s wealthiest men, is set to wed this weekend in a dazzling ceremony at the monarch’s 1,700-room palace –Photo by WENN.com
The young boys looked dashing in their handmade silk outfits as they accompanied their fathers at the ceremony –Photo by WENN.com
The couple will now be officially presented to the royal court in an elaborate ceremony on Sunday that marks the climax of more than a week of wedding-related festivities.
Southeast Asian leaders and foreign royalty are expected to be among the guests at a lavish royal banquet in honour of the newlyweds in the Islamic sultanate on Sunday night, hosted by the bride’s father, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 66.
This week’s festivities have included nightly vigils at the palace to bless the couple, but the monarchy will forgo a traditional public procession through the capital in the royal family’s gilded Rolls Royce.
Such weddings are typically a rare source of excitement in Brunei, which is known for its slow pace of life and lack of nightlife.
The wedding of Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah in 2004 attracted large crowds in the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, and a guest list of over 2,000 people including members of the royal families of Japan, Jordan, Britain and Malaysia.
Happy occasion: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, right, and Queen Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, who both looked delighted during the ceremony, have 12 children –Photo by WENN.com
Traditional: Brunei’s Queen Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha applies ceremonial paste to Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah’s hands during the week-long wedding festivities –Photo by AFP
Father of the bride: Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah applies ceremonial paste to Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah in the first of his children’s weddings since 2007. –Photo by AFP