His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office as the personal representative of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab. Rahaman yesterday morning attended the Coronation Ceremony of His Royal Highness Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Badlishah, the 29th Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman. The ceremony was held at Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri were welcomed by Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tengku Sarafudin Badlishah ibni Sultan Sallehuddin, the Raja Muda of Kedah and Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Che Puan Muda Zaheeda binti Mohamad Ariff, the Raja Puan Muda of Kedah; Yang Teramat Mulia Dato' Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Badlishah, the Tunku Bendahara of Kedah and Yang Amat Berbahagia Datin Seri DiRaja Puan Seri Dato' Nora binti Abdullah; Yang Teramat Mulia Dato' Seri DiRaja Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz binti Al-Marhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, the Tunku Temenggong of Kedah; and Yang Teramat Mulia Dato' Tunku Shazuddin Ariff ibni Sultan Sallehuddin, the Tunku Laksamana of Kedah; as well as Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Seri Haji Mukhriz bin Tun Dr. Mahathir, the Chief Minister of Kedah and Yang Amat Berbahagia Tok Puan Norzieta binti Zakaria.

The Coronation Ceremony of His Royal Highness the 29th Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman was attended by His Royal Highness the Regent of Pahang; Yang Maha Mulia the Regent of Kelantan; Duli-Duli Yang Teramat Mulia the Raja-Raja Muda and Royal Family members; Their Excellences Yang Di-Pertua-Yang Di-Pertua Negeri; Yang Amat Berhormat the Prime Minister of Malaysia; and other special guests and their respective spouses.

The Coronation Ceremony commenced with the arrival of His Royal Highness Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Badlishah, the Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman and Her Royal Highness Sultanah Maliha binti Al-Marhum Tengku Ariff, the Sultanah of Kedah Darul Aman, which was accompanied with the playing of the gong and Nobat "Raja Berangkat".

During the Coronation Ceremony, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kedah delivered a titah reciting the Royal Oath. His Royal Highness then received the Keris Perkasa Alam (the Government Keris) which was presented by Yang Berbahagia Dato' Paduka Seri Maharajalela Dato' Bijaya Indera Dato' Paduka Haji Syed Unan Mashri bin Syed Abdullah, the Chief of Istiadat. The Proclamation of the Coronation of His Royal Highness was then read by Yang Berbahagia Dato' Paduka Seri Maharajalela Dato' Bijaya Indera Dato' Paduka the Chief of Istiadat and "Daulat Tuanku" was then called out three times. This was followed by the playing of the Nobat and a twenty-one (21) gun salute.

The Coronation Ceremony continued with the Presentation of Congratulatory Messages, commencing with a sabda from Duli Yang Teramat Mulia the Raja Muda of Kedah on behalf of the Kedah Royal Family, which was followed by a speech from Yang Amat Berhormat the Chief Minister of Kedah on behalf of the government and people of the State of Kedah Darul Aman.

The ceremony concluded with the recitation of Doa Selamat by Sohibus Samahah Dato' Sheikh Fadzil bin Haji Awang, the State Mufti of Kedah Darul Aman.

The ceremony marks a historic moment for the people and citizens of Kedah Darul Aman, as the last time a coronation ceremony for the Sultan of Kedah was held was in 1959.

Prior to the Luncheon, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri, together with the other special guests, were invited for a group photograph session with His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman and Her Royal Highness the Sultanah of Kedah Darul Aman.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri then proceeded to the Balai Santapan Besar to attend the Luncheon. The Luncheon was further enlivened with a musical performance.

Source: Radio Television Brunei