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Old 06-27-2006, 04:43 PM
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Brunei Spruces Up For Sultan's 60th Birthday

June 26, 2006 6:49 p.m. EST

Bandar Seri Begawan (AHN) - Oil-rich Brunei is getting ready for Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's 60th birthday. Streets will be decorated in anticipation for the multitudes of foreign guests coming into town.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7004035009
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:56 PM
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Brunei preens to fete Sultan's 60th birthday
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Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (and Queen Saleha) Current Events 1: July 2005-

originally posted by yours truly in Sultan Hassanal Current Events thread.
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Old 06-28-2006, 06:36 PM
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Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah To Have Huge Public Festival For 60th Birthday

Brunei is preparing for weeks of celebrations - to mark Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's 60th birthday.
The huge public festival kicks off in the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan on July 1 with the hoisting of the national flag.
According to Associated Press, various celebrations will include fireworks displays, street processions and a tug-of-war tournament.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7004057935

Preparations For Giant Flag Hoisting Ceremony Underway

Bandar Seri Begawan - Preparations for the hoisting of the giant national flag to mark the beginning of His Majesty's 60th birthday celebration are now in full swing at the open courtyard of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Fountain, fronting the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque, in the capital.
The hoisting of the flag is meant to evoke the nationalistic and patriotic spirit of the people as well as their love for their beloved ruler and country.
http://www.brudirect.com/DailyInfo/N...606/nite08.htm
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Old 06-28-2006, 07:37 PM
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Are they gonna invite royal families from abroad?
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Yes amina1, always as usual they invite some of royal families abroad and positively princess Basma Al-Abdullah from Jordan will be there.
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Old 07-15-2006, 02:40 AM
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Bandar Seri Begawan, BRUNEI: Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (front L) arrives with his wives Queen Saleha (C) and Queen Asrinaz Mazhar (R) at the throne hall of Istana Nurul Iman to celebrate his 60th birthday celebration in Bandar Seri Begawan 15 July 2006. Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, turns 60 on 15 July

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Old 07-15-2006, 03:43 AM
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Old 07-15-2006, 06:38 AM
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Who is the caucasian lady above?
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Old 07-15-2006, 08:40 AM
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She's an Arab actually, Princess Basma of Jordan.
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She's an Arab actually, Princess Basma of Jordan.

Hmmm.... she is sitting in line with the Royal Family.

Is she part of the family? or a guest...?
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Old 07-15-2006, 09:01 AM
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More pictures from this morning's ceremony (Infofoto)

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Old 07-15-2006, 09:06 AM
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Hmmm.... she is sitting in line with the Royal Family.

Is she part of the family? or a guest...?
Well she always sits with the Royal family.
Princess Basma and her husband are present at the Sultan's birthday every year. They're obviously very close to the Brunei Royal Family.
The Sultan awarded the Princess with the Most Esteemed Family Order: Laila Utama, at his birthday in 2000 (She's wearing the order in the pictures)
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Old 07-15-2006, 09:08 AM
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Well she always sits with the Royal family.
Princess Basma and her husband are present at the Sultan's birthday every year. They're obviously very close to the Brunei Royal Family.
The Sultan awarded the Princess with the Most Esteemed Family Order: Laila Utama, at his birthday in 2000.
That explains her sitting precedence.

Thanks. Looking forward for the Royal Banquet pictures...
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azrinaz looked pretty with the tiara. no pictures of PAIPA Sarah?
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Yes Azrinaz looks very good. You'd hardly know that she gave birth just over a month ago. Her tiara is lovely.
There are lots of pictures, including those of the lovely Sarah. I'll be posting them over the next little while.
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How many wives does the Sultan have?
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Not knowing the Brueni Kingdom well, could someone perhaps list the Sultan's wives, former wives and children? That would be greatly appreciated.

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There isn't really that many other royals
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Not knowing the Brueni Kingdom well, could someone perhaps list the Sultan's wives, former wives and children? That would be greatly appreciated.

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Queen Saleha is the Sultan's first wife. He has six children with her, two sons (the eldest is the Crown Prince) and four daughters. He married his second wife, Mariam, in 1981 and divorced her in 2003. The Sultan has four children with her; two sons, and two daughters. The Sultan married his third and present second wife in August last year. Her name is Azrinaz Mazhar and she gave birth to a son last month.
And if my math is correct, that makes 11 kids in total.


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