THE lovely and resplendent Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim was born on March 22, 1973, in Ipoh.
She is the youngest of four children of prominent lawyer Datuk Salim Davidson and Datin Sharifah Azaliah Tan Sri Syed Omar Shahabudin.
Her Royal Highness is the grandniece of first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.
She had completed both her primary and secondary education at the Main Convent Ipoh.
She later enrolled in an A-Levels programme in Prime College in Kuala Lumpur.
She graduated with first-class honours in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham in Britain.
Upon her return from Britain in 1995, Tuanku Zara served in Petronas, the national petroleum company, for six years before joining an information technology company, Formis Malaysia Berhad.
In 2005, Her Royal Highness was appointed the managing director of Forthwave Consulting Sdn Bhd, a hydrocarbon consultancy.
Her Royal Highness is a keen sportswoman, and had represented Perak in swimming during her schooldays.
She married his Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah on May 17 in 2007 at Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan in Kuala Kangsar.
The next day, she was proclaimed the Raja Puan Besar Perak, and on June 20, 2014, the Raja Permaisuri Perak.
The royal couple have been blessed with a prince, Raja Azlan Muzzaffar Shah, and a princess, Raja Nazira Safya.
On July 9, 2007, a purple, hybrid orchid was named ‘Dendrobium Tuanku Zara Salim’ in honour of her visit to the 7th International Orchid Festival.
On Jan 1, 2012, Her Royal Highness was proclaimed the Chancellor of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.
She is also a patron of the Family Health Society of Perak, Convent Girls Alumni and Perak Girl Guides.