Brunei’s location is South East of Asia, on the north coast of Borneo, and is a large supplier of oil and gas.
The sovereign state is located on a small section of the coast of the island – the rest occupied by Malaysia and Indonesia.
The sultanate is a Malay Muslim absolute monarchy and dates back to the 15th century, having gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1984.
The Sultan of Brunei who happens to be one of the world’s richest men, gave his son in marriage to wed bride Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah in a splendiferous ceremony at the monarch’s 1,788-room palace in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.
Prince Abdul Malik, 31, exchanged vows with Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah, 22, in front of crowds of friends and family, nobility and foreign dignitaries.
The newlyweds’ matching gold outfits were embellished with diamonds. The lovely bride Raabi’atul instead of flowers held a bouquet made of resplendent gems.
The wedding Prince is the youngest child of the Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, and his wife, Queen Saleha, and is second in the line of succession to become the next Sultan of Brunei.
This ‘bersanding’ or enthronement ceremony is the top segment of the wedding festivities, and saw the bride and groom sitting next to each other for the first time since the commencement of festivities, dressed in splendour on jewelled thrones in the Throne Chamber of the Istana Nural Iman palace.
In attendance were seven Malaysian state rulers and the governor of Saudi Arabia.
The couple wore matching traditional Malay dress, with the bride’s veil constructed of swathes of intricate lace.
The 22-year-old bride, who worked as a systems data analyst and IT instructor, was dressed in a breathtaking diamond tiara studded with six teardrop-shaped emeralds.
A diamond necklace with a central pendant of three emeralds the size of grapes, glittered around her neck, while a matching brooch of two egg-shaped emeralds dangled from a diamond setting.
The location of the wedding, the dazzling Istana Nural Iman palace is situated in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.
It is considered the largest residential palace in the world, with 1,788 rooms, five grand swimming pools, 257 bathrooms, and a 110-car garage.
Later Brunei’s newlywed royal couple, changed into more incredibly opulent evening outfits for the wedding banquet. Prince Abdul swapped his gold wedding suit for ceremonial military dress, embellished with diamond epaulettes and collar.
The newest member of the royal family changed into a beaded purple floor-length gown embroidered with silver thread for the wedding banquet.
A matching necklace featuring a twisted diamond and ruby rope design glittered with tens of rubies, while a huge diamond and ruby brooch was party hidden by her veil.
On her right hand was a large diamond ring in a platinum setting. She also changed her make-up, sporting red lipstick rather than the bridal pink at today’s ceremony.
The new bride’s crystal embellished pumps, won at the start of the ceremony are one of the most expensive pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes that money can buy.
To say the splendor is mystifying is an understatement. Who else is thinking of taking a little trip to this fantastic Brunei? I know I am.