BRUNEI’S ROYAL WEDDING ALBUM

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The wedding of HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik and HRH Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah.

Words JACQUELINE WONG
Images THE BRUNEI TIMES

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In one poignant image, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, is seen caressing his son, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik’s hand, while the blessing of the bride took place. These, among the many moments photographed at HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik’s recent Royal Wedding, showed a rare glimpse to the side of His Majesty – a loving father who is close to his son than many realise.

When Brunei announced in January 2015 of the Royal Marriage between HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik and (then) Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah, the entire nation rejoiced. The Royal Wedding took place over a period of 11 days from 5 to 15 April, 2015. A high level Royal Wedding Committee was set up to oversee the upcoming nuptials, advised by none other – His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

His Majesty opened wide the doors of Istana Nurul Iman to welcome royals, nobilities, foreign dignitaries and envoys to share in celebrating his beloved son’s joyous union in pomp and ceremony, unique to a traditional Bruneian Royal Wedding. In the days that were to follow, the nation – and the world – would witness one of the most dazzling ceremonies and splendours to date, but more importantly, the legacy of father and son that goes beyond a royal title.

THE ROYAL MARRIAGE PROPOSAL CEREMONY
His Majesty, on behalf of HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik, dispatched a royal entourage to the residence of the bride-to be to seek her hand in marriage on 5 April.

THE COMMENCEMENT OF ROYAL VIGIL NIGHT CEREMONY
From 6 April onwards, royalties, aristocrats and distinguished guests observed the royal ceremonial custom with the recital of verses from the Holy Qur’an and traditional activities until 15 April.

THE ROYAL DOWRY AND ENGAGEMENT CEREMONY
HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik is officially engaged to YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah on the acceptance of the royal engagement gifts.

THE ROYAL POWDERING CEREMONY
Amid royal gun salute, members of the Royal Family, led by His Majesty and Her Majesty, took turns to grace the royal couple with coloured powder paste and scented oil applied upon on open palms.

THE ROYAL MARRIAGE SOLEMNISATION CEREMONY
On 9 April, His Majesty and the male members of the Royal Family bore witness to the solemnisation ceremony between HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah held at the Sultan Omar ’Ali Saifuddien Mosque.

THE ROYAL SITTING-IN-STATE CEREMONY
On 12 April, the royal groom and bride, resplendent in gold brocade attire, were ‘King and Queen’ for the day with royalties from Malaysia, Heads of State and diplomatic envoys attending the joyous event.

THE ROYAL WEDDING BANQUET CEREMONY
His Majesty and Her Majesty hosted a banquet reception at Istana Nurul Iman’s Banquet Hall in honour of the royal couple.

THE ROYAL THANKSGIVING AND CLOSING OF VIGIL CEREMONY
HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah consented to led the conclusion of the 11-day royal wedding festivities on 15 April with a du’a recital and a 21-gun salute.

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