Thousands join royal birthday celebration


Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah interacts with uniform cadets at his birthday celebrations. - Borneo Bulletin

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): Thousands of uniformed personnel gathered under one roof at Istana Nurul Iman on Thursday (July 20) for a banquet hosted by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah for the monarch’s 77th birthday celebration.

Members of the royal family were in attendance togetther with other guests who included state dignitaries, Cabinet ministers, government officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

The banquet was hosted for over 2,000 uniformed personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), Gurkha Reserve Unit, Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD), Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED), National Service Programme (PKBN) and other enforcement agencies as well as the youth associations including Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association (PPNBD), Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam (PPPBD), military and police cadets.

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