The royal wedding ending three years of courtship between the Princess of Johor, the daughter of one of Malaysia’s most esteemed sultans, and Dutchman Dennis Muhammad Abdullah took place on August 14, 2017.
The marriage was made official when the Dutchman pledged his hand in marriage to Tunku Aminah, before Datuk Muhammad Tahrir Shamsudin.
The betrothal ceremony was held first, followed by the akad nikah, or solemnization ceremony – following Malay Muslim custom, as reported by the New Straits Times.
The simple yet elegant ceremony was held at the Serene Hill Palace, the royal family’s place of residence, and was kept private with only close friends and family.
While the festivities in the day were kept a closed affair, an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,200 people gathered during the ‘bersanding’ or sitting-in-state ceremony, excited to be a part of the royal event, Channel NewsAsia reported. In a different article by the Straits Times, it was stated that the ceremony was held in Throne Room of the Istana Besar, where only royalty and VIPs were allowed.
Among the foreign dignitaries that attended the ceremony, was Singapore deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean, and the sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, reported Today.
According to the daily, large screens were set up under canopies at the palace, the Johor Bahru City Council building, and the Dataran Bandaraya, so that the public could catch the live streaming of the historical event and get in on the action.
Photos posted by the Johor Southern Tigers, where the princess is president, show just how majestic the entire event was.
The richness of culture and tradition in the royal family was displayed throughout the wedding.
The splendour of the palace was simply undeniable.
The princess and Dutchman were careful to follow the traditions of Johor’s royalty closely, to ensure the preservation of the customs created by those that came before them.
In accordance to tradition, the bride and groom exchanged wedding gifts, paid their respects to their parents and relatives, and the groom paid a dowry to the bride’s family. They showed their respects to their parents and relatives by bending down and giving them a kiss on the hand.
The newly weds were donned in outfits that mimicked the outfits of the late Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail and Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Abdulla, to honor the wishes of Tuanju Sultan.
The Crown Prince of Johor was amongst those present, and was involved in the wedding rituals. The Dutchman, who embraced Islam even before meeting the princess, donned traditional Malay attire as he pledged his hand in marriage to Princess Tunku Aminah.
Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak was one of the esteemed guests who graced the sitting-in-state ceremony. Members of the public came in herds, with picnic mats and food in hand, to catch the broadcast of the highly anticipated wedding as reported by the New Straits Times. However, the crowd didn’t just stop with the locals, as even tourists were anxious to join in the festive atmosphere.