The picture of the first son of Crown Prince Billah Bolkiah and Princess Sarah Pengiran Salleh of Brunei Darussalam was released this week. The baby, who was born on March 17, received the complete title: Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah. This baby could well be the future Sultan of Brunei. The boy’s birth was celebrated with a 19-gun salute, fired from the cannons on the grounds of Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei. The gun-salute is traditionally carried out to mark the births of immediate members of Sultan’s family, and serves as an announcement of a royal birth to the Bruneian people. The crown prince, 33, married his 20-year-old wife in a lavish ceremony in 2004, in one of the grandest ceremonies seen in Asia in the past decade. Princess Sarah is the third child of a Bruneian civil servant and Swiss-born psychiatric nurse, Suzanne Aeby of Fribourg, whom he met while studying in London in the 1970s.
HRH PRINCE ABDUL MUNTAQIM
PROUD PARENTS, HRH CROWN PRINCE AL-MUHTADEE AND HRH PRINCESS SARAH
HRH PENGIRAN ISTERI AZRINAZ MAZHAR HAKIM, WHO HAD ALSO GIVEN BIRTH TO PRINCE ABDUL WAKEEL LAST YEAR WITH SULTAN of BRUNEI