Brunei Sultan's Daughter Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah's Wedding Details

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Brunei Sultan's Daughter Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah's Wedding Details
Tue 25-09-2012

Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, 32 years old, and Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini, 29 years old, were presented to the royal court in a lavish traditional ceremony at the sultan's 1,700 room palace on Sunday.

wedding celebrations for the daughter of one of the world's wealthiest men, the Sultan of Brunei, included glittering jewels and the echoes of a 17 gun salute.

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 guest list included 3,000 guests, including Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Philippines President Benigno Aquino and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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 as a symbolic blessing and gesture of affection in Malay culture.

and according to Plush: "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."

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".

It is the first time one of the sultan's children, 5 sons and 7 daughters from three marriages, has married since 2007.

Hafizah, who has a degree in business administration, is the 5th child of the sultan and Queen Saleha and works as an officer at the finance ministry.

Muhammad Ruzaini is a civil servant in the prime minister's office.

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