His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam yesterday graced the Bersanding ceremony of Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hafiyyah binti Pengiran Maharaja Lela Sahibul Kahar Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Yusof and Awangku Muhammad Aizat bin Pengiran Haji Yasmin.
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Hafiyyah is His Majesty’s niece and youngest child of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Nor’ain.
Upon arrival at Ma’wassalihin in Kampong Madewa, Their Majesties were greeted by Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Nor’ain.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel were also present.
Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam; and other members of the royal family were also in attendance.
The Bersanding ceremony was conducted in regal splendour, in accordance with royal Malay customs, with the bridal couple resplendent in matching traditional attire.
The ceremony began with the traditional Hadrah as the bride entered the hall accompanied by her brother Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Kadir bin Pengiran Maharaja Lela Sahibul Kahar Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Yusof, beautifully clad in a gold-coloured dress and accompanied by a retinue of pahawai and dayang-dayang bearing ceremonial candles and royal regalias. It was followed by the groom’s entrance in an intricate gold songket attire.
Following the placing of the groom’s hands on the bride to signify a blessing and the Selawat, or salutations upon Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), a Doa Selamat was recited by Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar to bless the newly-wedded couple.
Towards the end of the ceremony, Their Majesties and members of the royal family received a Junjung Ziarah from the newly-wedded couple.
Thousands of guests were invited to the bersanding ceremony, including Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, Pengiran-Pengiran Peranakan, state dignitaries and senior government officials.