Nazrin Shah of Perak

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Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan, Yang di-Pertuan dan Raja Pemerintah Negeri Jajahan Perak Darul Ridzuan
Sultan of Perak
Reign 29 May 2014 – present
Installation 6 May 2015
Predecessor Azlan Shah of Perak
Spouse Tuanku Zara Salim (m. 2007)
Issue Raja Azlan Muzzaffar Shah
Raja Nazira Safya
Full name
Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfurlah
Father Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah
Mother Tuanku Bainun
Born (1956-11-27) 27 November 1956 (age 58)
George Town, Penang, Malaya
Religion Sunni Islam

Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah[1][2] (born 27 November 1956) in George Town, Penang, Malaysia is the 35th Sultan of Perak.

Early life[edit]

Sultan Nazrin Shah was born on 27 November 1956 at George Town, Penang. He is the eldest son of the late Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-lah and the former Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Bainun Binti Mohd Ali.

Academic Life[edit]

Sultan Nazrin has an academic and intellectual background from Malay College Kuala Kangsar and a BA degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Worcester College, Oxford. He also holds an MPA degree from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a PhD degree in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Sultan Nazrin’s research interests are in the area of economic and political development in South-East and North-East Asia, historical national income accounting and economic growth in developing countries.

The sultan has also written articles and spoken on a wide range of issues including the role of the constitutional monarchy in Malaysia, education, Islam, ethnic relations and economic development.

He has assumed the role of Financial Ambassador of the Malaysian International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC), has been Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Malaya since 1989 and is the chairman of the Board of Governors of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

He is also an Eminent Fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia.

Royal Life[edit]

He was proclaimed the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Perak on 15 April 1984, taking over from his father, Sultan Azlan Shah, who had become the Sultan of Perak two weeks earlier. On 29 May 2014 he become the 35th Sultan of Perak on the death of his father, Sultan Azlan.[3]

Sultan Nazrin's full name including official titles is as below:

Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfurlah, Sultan, Yang di-Pertuan Negara dan Raja Pemerintah Negeri Perak Darul Ridzuan dan Jajahan Takluknya, D.K., D.K.II (Selangor), D.K.S.A, S.P.C.M, S.P.T.S, S.P.M.P. (Perlis), Ph.D (Harvard), MPA (Harvard),D.M.N.[4]

He was appointed Regent of Perak when his father became the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1989 to 1994.

As the Sultan of Perak he is also the Colonel-in-Chief of the Malaysian Army's Rejimen Askar Jurutera DiRaja.


Sultan Nazrin of Perak married Zara Salim Davidson at Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan, on 17 May 2007. Sultan Nazrin and Tuanku Zara had known each other for eight years before the wedding.

The day after the wedding there was a ceremony to bestow Tuanku Zara with the official title of Raja Puan Besar of Perak. Nazrin's father had proclaimed Zara Salim Davidson as the Raja Puan Besar of Perak and conferred the Darjah Kerabat on her.

The first child of the couple, Raja Azlan Muzzaffar Shah, was born on 14 March 2008, followed by Raja Nazira Safya Shah on 2 August 2011.

Title and styles[edit]

  • 27 November 1956 – 16 February 1984:Yang Mulia Raja Nazrin Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah
  • 16 February 1984 – 15 April 1987: Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Kechil Besar Perak Darul Ridzuan Raja Nazrin Shah
  • 15 April 1987 – 25 April 1989 : Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Muda Perak Darul Ridzuan Raja Nazrin Shah
  • 26 April 1989 – 25 April 1994: Duli Yang Maha Muila Pemangku Raja Perak Darul Ridzuan Raja Nazrin Shah
  • 25 April 1994 – 27 January 2008: Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Muda Perak Darul Ridzuan Raja Nazrin Shah
  • 27 January 2008 – 29 May 2014: Duil Yang Maha Mulia Pemangku Raja Perak Darul Ridzuan Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah
  • 29 May 2014 – present: Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah


He has been awarded:[5]

Honours of Perak[edit]

Honours of Malaysia[edit]


External links[edit]

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-lah
Sultan of Perak
2014 - present
Succeeded by