JOHOR BARU: Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim married 21-year-old Che' Khaleeda Bustamam at Istana Bukit Serene in a private ceremony here on Friday.
The akad nikah (solemnisation) ceremony was performed by Johor mufti Datuk Mohd Tahrir Samsudin.
Also present were Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and his royal consort Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah together with their children, as well as state leaders including Johor exco members.
After the ceremony, Sultan Ibrahim and Raja Zarith were seen leaving the palace grounds around 11.45am.
Some 15 minutes later, both Tunku Ismali, 30, and Che' Puan Khaleeda left the palace grounds. They waved to pressmen waiting outside the palace gates.
While the akad nikah is a private affair, the istiadat persandingan (sitting together on the bridal dais) and the proceedings on Nov 8 will be shown live on large screens at Dataran Bandaraya here.
Johor Royal Council president Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli said the rakyat could congregate along Istana Besar to catch the royal couple in an open-top car from Istana Bukit Serene to Istana Besar for next month’s ceremony at about 8.30pm.
The state and its people are gearing up for the royal wedding, Johor’s first since January 2006 when Tunku Bendahara Johor Tunku Abdul Majid Idris Sultan Iskandar – the brother of Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar – wed Tunku Teh Mazni Tunku Yusuf.
Tunku Ismail is the eldest of Sultan Ibrahim and Raja Zarith's six children.
Khaleeda, daughter of Bustaman Daud and Aziyah Abdul Aziz, is the youngest of five siblings and was born in Kuala Lumpur.