Royalty of Malaysia current events part 3: April 2015 -


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Sultan Ibrahimof Johor was installed as the country's 17th King today, January 31, taking the oath of office in a ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur:


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The previous sultan served exactly 5 years. In installing sultan Ibrahim Iskandar of Johor, they are following the established pattern that Johor follows after Pahang. In 2029 the current deputy (a position he has held since 2016 - so, it seems he is well respected among the sultans), Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak, is expected to ascend the throne.
 
I'll miss the Pahang royal couple. I thought they were the best regal couple Malaysia had that I can recall.
 
It is interesting how the fact that he has a Dutch son-in-law does not raise any interest in him in the Netherlands. I didn't read anywhere in the Dutch news that Malaysia has a new king (I don't think there is another country that changes king that often) nor that the new king is the father-in-law of the fellow Dutchman Dennis Verbaas.

Several years ago when they married and later had their first child, it did reach the Dutch news, including the notion that the sultan was slated to be king in a few years.
 
Little Johan with his grandmother.
Sofie Louise has been speaking at "Health and social issues in Children’s literature" event.
 
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Sofie Louise congratulated her husband on their 5th wedding anniversary two days ago.

She has also posted lovely photos of their family
 
Sultanah Nur Diana of Kelantan is one of the Malaysian Queens who perform the most official engagements. She has done many since the beginning of the year.
I will mention the most important ones so far:

On March 8th, she participated in a 3-kilometer walk called the "2024 Srikandi Fun Walk" in Kota Bharu, starting at the Jubli Hall Perak. Citizens also participated with her.

Sources/photos: Istana Kelantan (official Instagram account of Kelantan Royal Family), Kelantan Royal Family official Facebook profile

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On March 25th, Sultanah Nur Diana attended the SSPN Savings Account Handover Ceremony for Kelantan State ASNAF Students at Perdana Hotel, in Kota Bharu. She handed over savings accounts to 50 students.

Sources/photos: Istana Kelantan (official Instagram account of Kelantan Royal Family), Kelantan Royal Family official Facebook profile

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On March 29th, The Sultanah and Dowager Queen (Raja Perempuan) Anis visited the tomb of the late Sultan Ismail Petra in Raja Langgar, Kota Bharu, to pray and to attend the Tahlil Ceremony.

Sources/Photos: Istana Kelantan (official Instagram account of the Kelantan Royal Family), Kelantan Royal Family official Facebook profile

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On April 1st and 2nd, she attended the 2024 Endowment Ceremony: on the 1st, she was in Jeli District, Kelantan, where she delivered a personal contribution to 20 ASNAF people at the official residence of the Colonel of Jeli; on April 2nd, she was in Kuala Krai District, where she also made donations to the selected ASNAF people of the district.

Sources/photos: Kelantan Royal Family official Facebook profile, Istana Kelantan 1, Istana Kelantan 2
 
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On April 24th, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin of Selangor, accompanied by Che Puan Sofie Louise of Kelantan, attended the Sunway Raya Cheer 2024 Ceremony, organized by the "Sunway Group" and the "Selangor Youth" in Bandar Sunway, Selangor.

Sources/photos: Che Puan Sofie Louise official Instagram account, Selangor Royal Family official Facebook account, Selangor Royal Official (Instagram)

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On April 3rd, Sultanah Nur Diana of Kelantan was in Tanah Merah, Kelantan, to attend the Personal Contribution Donation Ceremony to 20 ASNAF people of Tanah Merah. The Sultanah was greeted by state officials and other public officials in the area.

Sources/photos: Kelantan Royal Family media (Facebook), Istana Kelantan (Instagram)

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On April 22nd, The Sultanah of Kelantan visited K.B. Permay, a Kelantan silvercraft factory in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. The Sultanah received explanations about the manufacture of silver in Kelantan.

Source: Kelantan Royal Family media (Facebook)
 
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On April 23rd, Sultanah Nur Diana of Kelantan visited "Cik Minah Songket", in Kota Bharu. The Sultanah visited the facility and the exhibition hall to see weaving products. She was accompanied by a number of local civil servants.

Sources/photos: Kelantan Royal Family media (Facebook), Istana Kelantan (Instagram), Sultanah Nur Diana official account (Instagram)

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On April 24th, Sultanah Nur Diana attended the Hi-Tea Ceremony at Perdana Hotel, in Kota Bharu. The Sultanah was accompanied by Tengku Mohamad Rizam, The Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, and his wife Tunku Noor Hayati, The Tengku Puan Temenggong of Kelantan, also members of the Kelantan Royal Family.

Sources/photos: Kelantan Royal Family media (Facebook), Sultanah Nur Diana official account (Instagram)

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In December 2020, the Malaysian magazine "Nona" published an article with an interview part given by Che Puan Sofie Louise of Kelantan. In the interview, she talked about her past in Sweden:

Tidak Kekok bertemu Masyarakat, Aktif Aktiviti Kebajikan CHE PUAN SOFIE Tambat Hati Rakyat - NONA:
"In Sweden we adhere to a tradition known as 'Jäntelagen' or Jante's law, which means you can't believe you're better or different from others.
I keep these words to this day as a talisman for myself."

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The magazine also published some stunning photos of the Princess. Among these, one particularly caught my attention for its beauty:

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(📍The photos of these events have not yet been published on the official accounts of the Royal Family of Kelantan.)

On April 7th, Sultanah Nur Diana of Kelantan traveled to Pasir Puteh District, Kelantan, to attend the the handover ceremony of the contribution to 20 ASNAF recipients of the district.

Source/photos: Facebook 1, Facebook 2

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On April 8th, The Sultanah of Kelantan attended the Sultan Kelantan Darulnaim Foundation handover ceremony in Kota Bharu (?), Kelantan.

Sources/photos/video: Facebook 1, Facebook 2

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On April 25th, Sultanah Nur Diana Petra attended the handover ceremony by the Sultan Kelantan Darulnaim Foundation for ASNAF recipients in Gua Musang District, Kelantan. Local officials welcomed her arrival.

Source/photos: Facebook
 
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On May 9th, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and Sultanah Nur Zahirah of Terengganu attended the handover ceremony of the contribution to 400 citizens of the State at Istana Syarqiyyah, Terengganu.

Later, the two attended a banquet at the palace. This event was related to the celebrations for the Sultan's 62nd birthday.

Sources/photos: Facebook 1, Facebook 2

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On April 28th, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Sultanah Nur Zahirah and their younger daughter Princess (Tengku) Fatimatuz Zahra' attended a gala dinner on the occasion of the Sultan's 62nd birthday at Istana Syarqiyyah, Terengganu.

The tiaras were out that night!

Sources/photos: The Nasional Day, Instagram 1, Instagram 2, Twitter
 
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On April 28th, Sultanah Nur Diana of Kelantan met Che Puan Besar (Queen Dowager) Kalsom of Pahang at a Charity Auction, which was followed by a gala dinner. This Charity Auction has acquired 5 million dollars that will then be donated to charities, associations and organizations.

Sultanah Nur Diana was accompanied by Crown Prince (Tengku Makhota) Muhammad Fakhry of Kelantan

Source/Photos: Facebook
 
On May 30th, Che Puan Sofie Louise of Kelantan attended the presentation of the book "Building a caring society by designing joy" and the ceremony for the 25th anniversary of the YOKUK Foundation. These events were organized by the latter, which is a foundation for people with disabilities in Kelantan.

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Info/photos: Che Puan Sofie Louise official Instagram account, Facebook 1 - YOKUK official account, Facebook 2

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More photos of Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin of Selangor and Che Puan Sofie Louise of Kelantan at the Sunway Raya Cheer 2024 Ceremony in Bandar Sunway, Selangor, on April 24th.

Photos: Facebook
 
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On April 21st, Raja Permaisuri Zara Salim of Perak, accompanied by Raja Puan Muda (Deputy Crown Princess) Soraya attended the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Malaysian Girl Guides (Perak Branch) at "Casuarina @ Mer Hotel" in Ipoh, Perak.

Source/photos: Facebook

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On May 11th, Raja Permaisuri Zara Salim attended the 30th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup play-off match between Japan and Pakistan at the Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium in Ipoh, Perak.

After watching the match, the Raja Permaisuri presented the award to Japan at the end of the ceremony and congratulated them on their victory.

Sources/photos: Facebook 1, Facebook 2, Facebook 3

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On May 15th, Raja Permaisuri Zara Salim attended the "Tenunan Warisan Yang Kian Dilupakan weaving exhibition" at the Museum of Asian Art, in Kuala Lumpur.

The Raja Permaisuri read a speech at the beginning of the exhibition and examined the tissues present.

Info/photos/video: Facebook 1, Facebook 2, Facebook 3
 
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Sofie Louise of Kelantan celebrates today her 38th birthday and Sweden's National Day. Both she and little Johan wear Sweden dresses/outfits.
"Sweden’s National Day has been celebrated since 1893 to commemorate Gustav Vasa’s election as king in 1523 and 1809 form of the government. For a period of time, this day was called the Swedish Flag Day. However since 1983 it has officially been the Swedish National Day.
A very big TACK SÅ MYCKET to the Swedish Ambassador H.E. Dr. Joachim Bergström and the team at the Swedish Embassy Malaysia for kindly organising the most delicious Swedish Princess Cake to celebrate my birthday, baked by Chef Erik."
 
On June 13th, Crown Princess Khaleeda of Johor attended the opening ceremony of the Kazan International Muslim Festival at the Johor Public Library Corporation.

The Crown Princess read a speech during the ceremony. Also present were some personalities from Russia, such as the ambassador to Malaysia.

Source/photos: Facebook official account of CrPrss Khaleeda

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On June 4th, Crown Princess Khaleeda received in audience the Johor Cerebral Palsy Association delegation.

Also on June 4th, she received in another audience Puan Hajah, chairman of "Johor Women, Family and Community Development Committee".

Sources/photos: Facebook Official account of CrPrss Khaleeda 1, Facebook Official account of CrPrss Khaleeda 2

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On June 5th, Crown Princess Khaleeda visited the Sekolah Kebangsaan Lelaki Bandar, in Kluang District, Johor.

The Princess entertained the children present and observed the progress of some activities.

Source/photos: Facebook Official account of CrPrss Khaleeda
 
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On May 15th, Raja Permaisuri Zara Salim attended the "Tenunan Warisan Yang Kian Dilupakan weaving exhibition" at the Museum of Asian Art, in Kuala Lumpur.

The Raja Permaisuri read a speech at the beginning of the exhibition and examined the tissues present.

Info/photos/video: Facebook 1, Facebook 2, Facebook 3
:previous: A video of Raja Permaisuri Zara Salim of Perak at the "Tenunan Warisan Yang Kian Dilupakan weaving exhibition" at the Museum of Asian Art, in Kuala Lumpur, on May 15th.

 
Why was Fa-iz stripped of his position of crown prince a few weeks before his 50th birthday in favor of his younger brother Fahkry? Is this supposed to be a temporary position until the sultan's son is of age (which will take a while as he was born in 2021 - and I'm not sure whether he lives with his mother (who was divorced by his father a little over a month after his birth).

Fahkry had a very public and messy divorce about 15 years ago (his ex-wife accused him of physical and mental abuse) and didn't remarry - however, the sultan himself also has a rather bad track record in marriages.

The only explanation (that is not really an explanation) offered in this article is that it is in accordance with the sultan's authority to do so and that the new crown prince meets the requirements.
 
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Why was Fa-iz stripped of his position of crown prince a few weeks before his 50th birthday in favor of his younger brother Fahkry? Is this supposed to be a temporary position until the sultan's son is of age (which will take a while as he was born in 2021 - and I'm not sure whether he lives with his mother (who was divorced by his father a little over a month after his birth).

Fahkry had a very public and messy divorce about 15 years ago (his ex-wife accused him of physical and mental abuse) and didn't remarry - however, the sultan himself also has a rather bad track record in marriages.

The only explanation (that is not really an explanation) offered in this article is that it is in accordance with the sultan's authority to do so and that the new crown prince meets the requirements.
:previous: To clarify:

We don't know the real reason why Prince Muhammad Fa-iz was stripped of his title, but I think the Sultan had his good reasons (conflicts in politics? Different points of view?). Personally, I think that Prince Muhammad Fakhry will also keep the position of Crown Prince only temporarily: Sultan Muhammad V should sooner or later have a child with Sultanah Nur Diana.

The Sultan did not recognize the son of Oksana Voevodina (formerly Rihana Petra) as his own. In addition, the Laws of the Royal House of Kelantan are clear and would not allow Ismail Petra to ascend the throne in any case. I think the only heir of the new generation - if there is one - will be the eventual son of Sultanah Nur Diana.
 
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At the end of May (May 29th ?), Princess (Tengku) Amalin, The Tengku Maharani Putri of Kelantan, visited some friends at their home and had lunch with them.

Sources/photos/video: Facebook 1, Facebook 2, Facebook 3

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"Makeup by Phitchhanon" had the chance to do Che Puan Sofie Louise of Kelantan's makeup, calling her very courteous and friendly.

The "Makeup by Phitchhanon" Facebook account posted two photos of Che Puan's result (and another of Che Puan Sofie Louise with Make Up artists). Sofie Louise currently uses one as her Instagram account profile picture.

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Info/photos: Facebook 1, Facebook 2
 
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On June 1st, Crown Princess (Raja Puan Muda) Lailatul Shahreen of Perlis attended the WI General Meeting of the Organization of the Perlis State women's group at Hotel Putra Regency, in Kangar, Perlis.

Source/photos: Facebook

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On May 17th, The Crown Princess visited the "Kampung Warna-Warni Seberang Ramai Royal Transformation Project" in Kuala Perlis, Perlis. The Princess was accompanied by the Minister of Sports and Youth.

Among other things, the Crown Princess took part in some of the activities of the centre and listened to the explanations that were given to her.

Source/photos: Facebook

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On May 23rd, Crown Prince (Raja Muda) Faizuddin and Crown Princess Lailatul Shahreen of Perlis attended the Syed Hussein National School Proclamation Ceremony, one of the events related to the celebrations on the occasion of the 81st birthday of the Raja of Perlis, Sirajuddin.

Also present at the event, accompanying the Crown Prince couple, was the Minister of Education.

Source/photos: Facebook
 
How can we forget the royal family of Pahang, surely the hardest working of the royal families in all of Malaysia?

(Since their activities are many, I will summarize the most important ones):

On June 13th, Tengku Ampuan Azizah attended Inauguration Ceremony of the Pahang State Ranger Camp in Tanah Rata, Pahang.

Sources/photos/video: Pahang Royal Family official Facebook account 1, Pahang Royal Family official Facebook account 2

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On June 9th, Sultan Abdullah and Tengku Ampuan Azizah, accompanied by Crown Prince (Tengku Makhota) Hassanal Ibrahim attended the Inauguration ceremony of Raya Hall, in Kuala Boh, Pahang.

The family, and especially Queen Azizah, had the chance to interact with the children, which Queen Azizah loves. The royal couple also held hands while humming a song at the event.

Sources/photos: Pahang Royal Family official Facebook account, Facebook 2
 
At the end of May, Sultan Sharafuddin and Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin of Selangor flew to Switzerland to attend the graduation ceremony of Norashikin's son, Adam Salleh at the Swiss Hotel Management School.

I find it very nice that the Sultan also attended his stepson's graduation ceremony. It seems to me to be a very close-knit family. Norashikin seemed very proud of her son.

Source/photos: Official Facebook account of the Selangor Royal Family, Sinarplus

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On June 22nd, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin partecipated in the "Pets Charity Fun Run 2024" in Cyberjaya, Sepang District, Selangor.

Norashikin visited some animals in shelters and assisted in the delivery of checks to the centers that protect pets.

Sources/photos: Official Facebook account of the Selangor Royal Family, Facebook 2, Facebook 3, Facebook 4
 
Royal news from Johor:

On May 27th, Princess (Tunku) Tun Aminah, in her role of president, attended an event by the "Berjaya Mutual Society". The Princess read a speech during the ceremony.

Source/photos: Facebook

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On June 4th, Princess Tun Aminah received a delegation from the "Limited Human Resource Development Corporation" (HRD Corp) in Johor Bahru, Johor.

Source/photos: Official Facebook account of the Johor Royal Family

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On June 27th, The Princess attended an event in conjunction with the 2024 National Training Week, in Kuala Lumpur. These events aim to enhance, promote and harness the learning of neurodivergent people.

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Info/photos: Facebook 1, Facebook 2

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Royal news from Pahang:

On June 24th, Sultan Abdullah and Tengku Ampuan Azizah were received by King Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida of Thailand at the Amphorn Royal Palace, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Crown Prince (Tengku Mahkota) Hassanal Ibrahim and Prince Muhammad Iskandar were also present. The Pahang Royal family then attended a banquet given by the King and Queen of Thailand in their honor.

Sources/photos: Official Facebook account of the Pahang Royal Family, Instagram, Bernama.com

Pahang ruler attends dinner banquet hosted by Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn - New Straits Times:
"BANGKOK: Sultan of Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Tengku Ampuan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah attended a dinner banquet hosted by King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand and Queen Suthida at Amphorn Royal Palace here Monday.

News about the visit was posted on Kesultanan Pahang's Facebook page on Tuesday, stating that Al-Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah were accompanied by Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah and Tengku Arif Bendahara Tengku Muhammad Iskandar Ri'ayatuddin Shah."

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Tunku Noor Hayati, The Tengku Puan Temenggong of Kelantan, is active in the "YANAS Foundation", of which she is the founder:

On June 10th, Tunku Noor Hayati visited some families who are disadvantaged and who have faced challenges and problems in the course of their lives in the cities of Tumpat, Kota Bharu and Bachok.

These families receive financial aid from Tunku Noor Hayati's YANAS Foundation.

Source/photos: YANAS Foundation official Facebook account

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On May 18th, as YANAS founder, she attended an event to coincide with Mother's Day 2024 at the KB Shopping Mall, in Kota Bharu.

This event was part of the Women's Cancer Awareness Campaign. The Tengku Puan Temenggong also read a speech during the ceremony.

Source/photos: YANAS Foundation official Facebook account

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On May 17th, as YANAS founder, she attended the opening ceremony of a new facility at the Bizara Care Centre, in Kota Bharu, aimed at promoting the education of children with autism.

This was one of the celebrations in connection with Mother's Day 2024. Tunku Noor Hayati was greeted by the children present and later took part in the traditional cake-cutting ceremony.

Source/photos: YANAS Foundation official Facebook account

Noor Hayati seems to me to be a very kind person and the fact that she is so active in events aimed at the well-being of disadvantaged people is to be admired.
 
On June 21st, Sultan Mizan and Sultanah Nur Zahirah of Terengganu attended the "MySESMA" charity dinner in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the "Sultan Mahmud Science Secondary School" at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur Hotel, in Kuala Lumpur.

Some political officials from Terengganu were also present, such as the Secretary of the Government of State.

Source/photos: Facebook

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On June 7th, Sultan Mizan and Sultanah Nur Zahirah attended the Dinner ceremony with the Association of State Administrators at the "Wisma Darul Iman" (Terengganu's state secretariat building) in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.

This event was linked to the celebrations for the Sultan's 62nd birthday. The Sultan and Sultanah also attended the cutting of the cake and spoke with the guests present.

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Source/photos: Facebook
 
Tengku Muhammad Fa-iz Petra, Sofie Louise and Johan are in Östergötland in Sweden:
 
On July 15th, Sultan Ibrahim and Queen (Permaisuri) Raja Zarith Sofiah of Johor, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and The Raja Permaisuri Agong of all Malaysia received Sultan Nazrin and Raja Permaisuri Zara Salim of Perak at Istana Negara.

The royal couple of Perak was honored with a banquet in their honor.

Sources/photos: Official Instagram account of Sultan Ibrahim, Official Instagram account of Sultan Ibrahim 2

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On July 12th, Princess Tun Aminah of Johor attended the Inauguration of the 25th conference of the All-Malaysia Library in Iskandar Puteri, Johor.

Princess Tun Aminah greeted the guests present at the ceremony. Some of Johor's public offices were also present.

Source/photos: Official Instagram account of the Johor Royal Family
 
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