Preparations under way for wedding of Johor princess

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 10 Aug 2017

This handout photograph made available on July 23, 2017 by the Royal Press Office shows Johor princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim (L) and Dutchman Dennis Muhammad Abdullah (R) posing for a pre-wedding photograph at the Istana Bukit Serene in Johor Baru. - AFP.

JOHOR BARU: Members of the public will be able to follow the royal wedding "live" from Istana Besar next week via special screens at Dataran Bandaraya and at the Johor Baru City Council building.

Johor princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah is set to marry Dutch-born Dennis Muhammad Abdullah on Aug 14.

According to a statement from the Royal Press Office (RPO) Thursday, final preparations are being carried out for the wedding at Istana Besar.

It started on Wednesday with the official Istiadat Meletak Kerja or the ceremony signalling the start of celebrations within the grounds of the palace.

The Istana grounds have since taken on a festive atmosphere. It is adorned with beautiful decorations and buntings.

State flags and buntings also lined the streets. The wedding ceremony proper inside the Throne Room of Istana Besar is restricted to only royalty and VIPs.

However, other guests will be able to watch the proceedings from giant screens in elegant white canopies erected outside the grand staircase up to the 151-year-old palace.

Special prayers and Yassin recitals were held at the Pasir Pelangi mosque, which was attended by the Johor royal family on Thursday.

The betrothal ceremony is a private one, only for family and close friends, and will be held at 10am on Aug 14 at Istana Bukit Serene followed by the akad nikah (solemnisation ceremony).

The bersanding (sitting-in-state ceremony) will be held at 8pm at Istana Besar.

The guest list will be dominated by royalty, politicians, senior state officials and prominent businessmen.

However, there will also be, among them, a group of people who have a special place in the heart of the princess - the palace staff who have looked after her in her formative years.

They include the stable boys who taught Tunku Tun Aminah how to ride, the drivers who drove her to school, as well as Johor Military Force soldiers and bodyguards who protect the royal family.
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