Royal Banquet in Conjunction with His Majesty’s 72nd Birthday

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, last night graced a Banquet in conjunction with His Majesty's 72nd Birthday Celebration. The ceremony took place at the Banquet Hall of Istana Nurul Iman.

Prior to the banquet, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri received in audience His Majesty's special guests.

Also present at the Royal Banquet were His Majesty's sons and daughters as well as brothers and sisters; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi'atul 'Adawiyyah; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Bini Hajah Faizah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess 'Azemah Ni'matul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Princess 'Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.

Also in attendance were Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam; and other members of the Royal family.

Also present were His Majesty's special guests, His Excellency Tun Dato Laila Utama Pehin Sri Doctor Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, the Yang Di-Pertua of Negeri Sarawak and wife; Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie bin Haji Apdal, Chief Minister of Sabah and wife; Yang Berhormat Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah bin Ali Hasan, Deputy Chief Minister, who is also the Minister for Industrial and Entrepreneur Development and Second Minister for Urban Development and Natural Resources of Sarawak as representative of Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, Chief Minister of Sarawak and wife; The Honourable Secretary Carlos Garcia Domingues the Third, the Secretary of Finance of the Republic of the Philippines and wife; His Excellency Desmond Lee, Singapore's Minister for Social and Family Development and the Second Minister in the Ministry of National Development and wife; His Excellency Dato Paduka Seri General Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan, the Chief of Defence of the Royal Thai Armed Forces and wife; and Yang Terhormat Dato Paduka Seri Air Chief Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, the Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces and wife.

Doa selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

In a titah at the Audience and Investiture Ceremony held at the Balai Singgahsana Indera Buana, Istana Nurul Iman, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, stressed on several measures that need due attention including towards generating economic growth by exploring the agricultural sector, protecting the environment from pollution and the role of education in shaping the people, apart from touching on the country's policy at the international level.

The Banquet was highlighted with a fireworks display at the compound of Istana Nurul Iman. Their Majesties also consented to receive junjung ziarah and greetings from His Majesty's special guests.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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