Al-Muhtadee Billah

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Al-Muhtadee Billah
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Al-Muhtadee Billah, April 2008
Crown Prince of Brunei
Spouse Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah
Issue Prince 'Abdul Muntaqim
Princess Muneerah Madhul
Father Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Mother Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha
Born (1974-02-17) 17 February 1974 (age 40)
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Religion Sunni Islam
Bruneian Royal Family
Emblem of Brunei.svg

HM Sultan Hassanal
HM Sultanah Saleha



Prince Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah[pronunciation?] Ibni Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, GCVO;[1] born 17 February 1974) is the Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam. He is in the first in line of succession to become the next Sultan of Brunei. He holds the position of senior minister of the Prime Minister's Office of Brunei, General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Deputy Inspector General of the Royal Brunei Police Force.

Early life[edit]

Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah was born at Istana Darul Hana, Bandar Seri Begawan on 17 February 1974. He is the first-born son and heir to the throne of Brunei. He is the son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Pengiran Anak Saleha (both first cousins).

Education[edit]

Al-Muhtadee Billah's education began early in life, at the Prince-Princess School at the Istana Darul Hana. He also had his primary education at St. Andrew's School, Brunei, in Bandar Seri Begawan. Subsequently, he progressed through the Brunei Junior Certificate of Education in 1988, and the General Certificate of Education GCE Ordinary Level Exam in 1991 while he was studying at the Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College. He passed the GCE Advanced Level Exam in 1994.

Al-Muhtadee Billah attended tutorials at the University of Brunei Darussalam and began his overseas education at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in October 1995. He matriculated for admission to University of Oxford's Foreign Service Programme at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1997. While at Oxford, he followed a programme of study specially designed for him involving Islamic studies, trade, diplomacy and international relations. He received his Diploma in diplomatics Studies in a special convocation held on 3 August 1998 in Bandar Seri Begawan.

In 1988 Al-Muhtadee Billah completed the reading of the Holy Quran (Khatamal Quran) and the 'ayat-ayat lazim' and also studied various aspects of Islamic teachings.

Proclamation as Crown Prince[edit]

Al-Muhtadee Billah was proclaimed Crown Prince of Brunei on 10 August 1998 at the Istana Nurul Iman. At the ceremony, his father, the Sultan of Brunei, bestowed upon him the 'Keris Si Naga'. This put him in line to become the 30th Sultan of Brunei. The ceremony was followed by the procession around the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.

Role in government[edit]

In preparing to become the future leader and head of the country, Al-Muhtadee Billah holds several roles in government. He is the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, a general in the Brunei Armed Forces, and the Deputy Inspector General of the Royal Brunei Police Force. As Senior Minister he is also Head of the National Disaster Management Committee.

As the Senior Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (and the royal court), he is being intensively groomed in all aspects of governance. When his father is abroad, he is always appointed to act as the Deputy Sultan. He also grants audience to arriving and departing foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners. Increasingly he appears at official functions to improve his public speaking abilities in making sabda (royal speeches of a Crown Prince). He is the Deputy Chancellor of the University of Brunei Darussalam and the Chancellor of the Institute Technology Brunei; once a year he awards diplomas at the convocations of both institutions.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 9 September 2004, (aged 30), he married 17-year old Pengiran Anak Sarah at Nurul Iman Palace in Bandar Seri Begawan. Guests included the Duke of Gloucester, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Princes Bandar and Saud al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia, the King of Bahrain and other Malaysian sultans. The wedding was also attended by heads of state and government from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.[2] The wedding included a bersanding ceremony, and a drive around Bandar Seri Begawan in a golden-topped Rolls Royce.[3]

On 17 March 2007 their first child, future heir to the Brunei throne, was born and named Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim.[4]
Their daughter, Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah, was born on 2 January 2011.[5]

Personal interests[edit]

He owns sports cars from around the world, including a Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, a Mercedes McLaren SLR and a Ferrari 599 GTB.

He is a pool and snooker enthusiast, and participated in the 2006 WPA Men's World Nine-ball Championship. The 2007 World Pool Championship was launched on 10 October at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila; Al-Muhtadee Billah represented Brunei in the tournament at the Araneta Coliseum from 3 to 11 November.[6]

A football club, the Brunei DPMM FC is owned by Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah, who previously played as a goalkeeper for the team.

Biography[edit]

  • Token of gratitude from the people (Tanda Kesyukuran Dari Rakyat), 20 February 1974.
  • Son and heir for Brunei Sultan, by Bernard Long.
  • 'Curahan Kasih', in conjunction of his marriage on 9 September 2004.

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Styles of
The Crown Prince of Brunei
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Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Titles and style[edit]

English language style[edit]

The style and title of Al-Muhtadee Billah in full is:
His Royal Highness Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'Izzaddin Waddaulah, Crown Prince of Brunei.[1]

Malay language style[edit]

Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah

which means
[7]
  • Yang Teramat Mulia  : Style used, among other, for the children of a Sultan by a Royal wife (=His Royal Highness)
  • Duli ... Paduka Sri Pangiran Muda Mahkota : Crown Prince
  • Pengiran Muda : "Prince" used for sons of the Sultan
  • Haji : Honorific used before the name for males who have made the pilgrimage to Mecca ( Hajj )

Honours[edit]

He was awarded:[8]

National Honours[edit]

Foreign Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Senior Minister". Prime Minister's Office of Brunei. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Guests arrive for Brunei crown prince's wedding". China Daily. 2004-09-09. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  3. ^ Kent, Jonathan (2004-09-09). "Brunei's future king gets married". BBC News. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Brunei's crown prince and wife have baby boy". Agence France Presse (Philippine Daily Inquirer). 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  5. ^ His Majesty has named His Majesty's grand-daughter "His Majesty has named His Majesty's grand-daughter". Radio Television Brunei. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  6. ^ GMA NEWS.TV, Prince of Brunei to join World Pool in RP
  7. ^ Royal Ark, Brunei - Style and glossary
  8. ^ The Royal Ark, Brunei genealogical details
  9. ^ Heir Couple of Brunei, Photo with State decorations

External links[edit]

Al-Muhtadee Billah
Born: 17 February 1974
Bruneian royalty
Preceded by
Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah
Line of succession to the Bruneian Throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Abdul Muntaqim
Preceded by
Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah
Crown Prince of Brunei
1998 – present
Incumbent