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Palace adorned for royal wedding

Azlan Othman

The Royal Regalia and Pemajangan decorations were put up at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday in conjunction with royal wedding celebrations between Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah and Yang Mulia Awang Abdullah Nabil Mahmoud Al-Hashimi after the Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga ceremony at Lapau (Ceremonial Hall) followed by a 21-gun salute from the royal cannon.

The installation of the Royal Regalia and Pemajangan is only for royal festivities, which include royal processions, royal coronation, installation of Pengiran Muda Mahkota (Crown Prince), and royal wedding ceremonies.

The Pemajangan is an embellishment of a white colonnade (covered with white cloth) that fronts the palace entrance of Istana Nurul Iman, with symbols associated directly with the Brunei Darussalam monarchy.

The Pemajangan is adorned with white fabric that covers the griders and rafters. Showpieces comprising rows of ceremonial flags and umbrellas of various shapes and sizes dot the beams in perfect symmetry with the royal crest towering at the centre.

The ceremonial flags display colours of the sovereign, the royal consort, the Crown Prince, the Wazir and Cheteria.

The captivating and colourful decor is among the oldest and the most valuable treasures in the Malay Archipelago, while the Royal Regalia symbolises the exquisite beauty of Brunei Darussalam and its people.

The Pemajangan is placed in front of Istana Nurul Iman during the Istiadat Berjaga-Jaga ceremony (nightly vigil) of the royal wedding. The significance of the installation of the Pemajangan is to indicate and to raise awareness to the public, the imminent start of a royal festivity.

ABOVE & BELOW: Setting up of Royal Regalia and Pemajangan decorations in front of Istana Nurul Iman; and one of the Royal Regalia decorations. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Ceremonial flags along Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha
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