Now THAT'S a Royal Wedding! Sultan of Brunei celebrates marriage of daughter, 32, with spectacular ceremony straight out of Arabian Nights
Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah marries civil servant Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini, 29 todayThe 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
20:59 GMT, 20 September 2012
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 and her groom
Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini attended a ceremony ahead of their
wedding, which took place today
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, right, and Queen Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha at the pre-wedding ceremony yesterday
The pre-wedding ceremony and the wedding both took place at the Brunei monarch's 1,700-room palace
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
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.
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei prepared to give his daughter away in a lavish ceremony yesterday, which saw the family attend a service at the Throne Hall of Istana Nurul Iman palace in Brunei yesterday.
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.
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
The opulent Throne Hall of Istana Nurul Iman palace played host to the service yesterday
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
The young boys looked dashing in their handmade silk outfits as they accompanied their fathers at the ceremony
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
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
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