KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has congratulated Queen Elizabeth II on her Platinum Jubilee celebration which began last Thursday.
The celebration was held to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II being on the British throne.
In a post on the Istana Negara Facebook page, Sultan Abdullah expressed his happiness because Queen Elizabeth II has been blessed with good health and a long healthy life, making her the longest reigning monarch in British history, Bernama reported.
His Majesty also described Queen Elizabeth II as a Ruler who cares about the welfare of the people and dedicated to serving the people in Britain and the Commonwealth, besides praying for her to be blessed with long life, wisdom and be given the strength to continue on the British throne.
“His Majesty also expressed hope that the existing close bilateral relations between Malaysia and Britain will continue to be enhanced, especially in the fields of economy, trade and investment,” said Istana Negara.
The last time Their Majesties paid a courtesy call on Queen Elizabeth II was on Dec 13, 2019 where they attended a luncheon at Buckingham Palace.
The courtesy call and luncheon were held in conjunction with the seven-day special visit of Their Majesties to England from Dec 9, 2019.
During the visit, Sultan Abdullah visited Westminster Abbey, which is one of the United Kingdom’s most notable houses of worship and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for the English monarchs.
On Sept 10, 2019, Their Majesties granted an audience to The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward at Istana Negara during his two-day visit to Malaysia to attend the Duke of Edinburgh International Award’s Asia Pacific Regional Conference in his capacity as chairman of the trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
Queen Elizabeth II, during her reign, had visited Malaysia three times, namely in 1972 (special visit), 1989 (11th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) and 1998 (the closing of the 16th Commonwealth Games).
Apart from the visits of Queen Elizabeth II and the Earl of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and Catherine – also visited Malaysia in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla came in 2017 for a seven-day trip to commemorate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the United Kingdom.