Johoreans celebrate royal wedding

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 08 Nov 2014

People cheering as the motorcade arrives at Istana Besar

JOHOR BARU: Heavy rains did not deter Johoreans from viewing the 'live' telecast of the Royal Wedding between Tengku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and Che' Puan Khaleeda Bustamam at the Istana Besar here.

The public began filling the grounds of Dataran Bandaraya Johor Baru as early as 5pm to witness the ceremony which was shown on two giant screens put up by the Johor Baharu City Council.

Members of the public were seen lining the three-kilometre stretch of road between Istana Bukit Serene and Istana Besar to get a glimpse of the royal couple.

The couple were seen leaving Istana Bukit Serene at 8.20pm in a vintage Mercedes convertible limousine, accompanied by 10 police outriders and members of the Johor Military force in full commando fatigues.

The royal couple arrived at Istana Besar at 8.52pm, welcomed by the beating of 1,500 kompang (hand held small drums) led 'bunga manggar' (flower decorations on a stick) holders.

The wedding ceremony began at 9.20pm with the arrival of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and his consort Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah.

It was followed by the arrival of the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his consort Paduka Seri Baginda Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha; as well as the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah and the Sultanah of Pahang, Sultanah Hajah Kalsom.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and wife Ho Ching were then seen entering the hall followed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and their wives.

The royal couple then entered the hall with Tunku Ismail wearing dark-blue royal regalia while Che' Puan Khaleeda wore a white dress.

Johor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tahrir Samsudin recited prayers before the blessing ceremonies of "merenjis" and "tepung tawar."

The royal couple and guests then left the hall in Istana Besar for a royal banquet. - Bernama

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