Pengiran Anak Saleha

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Saleha
Sultanah of Brunei
Queen Saleha of Brunei.jpg
Tenure 4 October 1967 – present
Coronation 1 August 1968
Predecessor Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit
Spouse Hassanal Bolkiah
Issue Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah
Prince 'Abdul Malik
Princess Rashidah
Princess Muta-Wakkilah
Princess Majeedah
Princess Hafizah
Full name
Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha
House House of Bolkiah
Father Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam
Mother Pengiran Babu Raja Pengiran Anak Hajah Besar
Born (1946-10-07) 7 October 1946 (age 67)
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Bruneian Royal Family
Emblem of Brunei.svg

HM Sultan Hassanal
HM Sultanah Saleha



Saleha Mohamed Alam (born 7 October 1946) is the Sultanah consort of Brunei as the wife of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the current Sultan of Brunei. She is the daughter of Pengiran Anak Mohamed Alam and Pengiran Anak Besar.

Early life[edit]

Saleha was born at Kampong Sumbiling, Jalan Istana Darussalam in Brunei Town (now Bandar Seri Begawan), Brunei Darussalam on 7 October 1946.

Saleha had her early education through private tuition at the surau (a large prayer hall) of Istana Darul Hana. She also attended religious classes. She furthered her secondary education at Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Raja Isteri (STPRI) in Bandar Seri Begawan until 1965.

Marriage and family life[edit]

Saleha married Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (before known as HRH Prince Hassanal Bolkiah) who was at the time the Crown Prince of Brunei, on 28 July 1965.

The Sultan and Saleha are first cousins.[1] The Sultan's late mother and the Sultanah's late father were siblings.

Saleha has two sons and four daughters. She has nine grandchildren, (5 of her daughter Princess Rashidah, 2 of her son Crown Prince Billah and 2 of her daughter Princess Majeedah) and her eldest son is the Crown Prince of Brunei.

Saleha's younger sister, Pengiran Anak Hajah Damit, died from cancer, aged 51, on 19 August 2007.

Social contributions[edit]

Saleha is the Patron to various organisations including the Women's Institute (WI), Pertiwi Association, PEKERTI, the Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam, the Brunei Government Senior Officers Wives Welfare Association (BISTARI), the Women's Council of Brunei Darussalam, The Women Graduates' Association, and the Brunei Shell Women Association.

To show her compassion, In 2010 she donated financial aid as her personal contribution to thousands of both foreign and local women for their families. Each woman received B$700.00. The donations were handed over by all the Brunei royal princesses as her special and personal representatives at each of the four districts of Brunei Darussalam.

Hobbies and interests[edit]

Being a lover of nature, Saleha has a fruit garden, a fish pond and a bird park. Her hobbies include reading, playing badminton as well as traditional Bruneian games such as Congkak and Pasang. She is known as a kindly sultanah who often asks intelligent questions when opening official shows and exhibitions. She is known to be well-informed of what is happening at the local level as her royal children studied in local schools and universities and have commoners as friends. She is sometimes seen being driven through the town observing closely the welfare and development of both the urban and rural areas of the country.

Titles and styles[edit]

Monarchical styles of
Sultanah Saleha of Brunei
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Reference style Her Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Ma'am
  • 7 October 1946 – 29 July 1965: Her Highness Saleha.
  • 29 July 1965 – 4 October 1967: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Brunei.
  • 4 October 1967 - present: Her Majesty The Sultanah of Brunei.

Honours[edit]

See also List of honours of the Bruneian Royal Family by country

She has been awarded :[2]

Bruneian honours[edit]

Malaysian honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saunders, Graham E. (2002). A history of Brunei (2 ed.). Routledge. p. 163. ISBN 0-7007-1698-X. 
  2. ^ Royal Ark, Brunei genealogy details p.13
  3. ^ TheadmireHunkz Blog, Order DKMB, with photo of Saleha & Elisabeth II wearing DKMB decoration.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Warisanpermaisuri" blog, Sultanah Saleha page with orders mentions (Dec. 2012)
  5. ^ Noblesse et Royautés (French), State visit of Netherlands in Brunei (01/2013), Photo
Preceded by
Pengiran Anak Damit
Raja Isteri
(Sultanah consort of Brunei)

1967 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Tengku Raihani
Pengiran Anak Isteri
(Crown Princess of Brunei)

1965–1968
Succeeded by
Pengiran Anak Sarah