Raja Permaisuri Agong

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The royal standard of the Raja Permaisuri Agong

Raja Permaisuri Agong; (Jawi: راج ڤرماءيسوري اڬوڠ; full title: Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong; سري ڤدوك بڬيندا راج ڤرماءيسوري اڬوڠ, is the title given to the consort of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the elected, constitutional head of state of Malaysia.

Terminology and precedence[edit]

As the title "Yang di-Pertuan Agong" is commonly glossed as "King" in English, the title "Raja Permaisuri Agong" is commonly translated to "Queen", and in English the bearer is thus referred to as "Her Majesty" and addressed as "Your Majesty".[citation needed]

The Raja Permaisuri Agong immediately follows her husband, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, in the Malaysian order of precedence.

Status, functions, and privileges[edit]

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is elected (de facto rotated) every five years among the nine hereditary rulers of the states of Malaysia. When a ruler is elected as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, his consort automatically becomes the Raja Permaisuri Agong. In effect, the holder of the title of Raja Permaisuri Agong changes every five years, though it could happen earlier due to the death or resignation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Like many spouses of heads of state, the Raja Permaisuri Agong has no stipulated role in the Constitution of Malaysia. She accompanies the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to official functions and state visits, as well as hosting visiting heads of state and their spouses. Article 34 of the Malaysian Constitution forbids the Raja Permaisuri Agong from holding any appointment carrying any remuneration or actively engaging in any commercial enterprise. The Raja Permaisuri Agong is, however, legally entitled to an annual payment which is included in the Civil List of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Previous holders of the title of Raja Permaisuri Agong whose husbands are deceased receive a pension from the Federal Government's Civil List. They also take precedence immediately after the reigning Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the current Raja Permaisuri Agong, the reigning monarchs of royal states, and the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of non-royal states.

List of Raja Permaisuri Agong[edit]

The following consorts have served as Raja Permaisuri Agong:

No. Name State Reign Birth Death Yang di-Pertuan Agong
1 Tunku Kurshiah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin Negeri Sembilan August 31, 1957 – April 1, 1960 May 16, 1911 2 February 1999 Tuanku Abdul Rahman
2 Raja Jemaah binti Almarhum Raja Ahmad Selangor April 14, 1960 – September 1, 1960 May 16, 1911 8 April 1973 Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah
3 Tengku Budriah binti Tengku Ismail Perlis September 21, 1960 – September 20, 1965 March 18, 1924 November 28, 2008 Tuanku Syed Putra
4 Tengku Intan Zaharah binti Tengku Omar Terengganu September 21, 1965 – September 20, 1970 April 13, 1928 Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah
5 Tunku Bahiyah binti Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman Kedah September 21, 1970 – September 20, 1975 August 24, 1930 August 26, 2003 Tuanku Abdul Halim
6 Tengku Zainab II binti Tengku Muhammad Petra Kelantan September 21, 1975 – March 29, 1979 August 7, 1917 January 10, 1993 Sultan Yahya Petra
7 Tengku Hajjah Afzan binti Tengku Panglima Perang Muhammad Pahang March 29, 1979 – April 25, 1984 December 4, 1933 June 29, 1988 Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Mustain Billah
8 Tengku Zanariah binti Tengku Panglima Raja Ahmad Johor April 26, 1984 – April 25, 1989 July 5, 1940 Sultan Iskandar
9 Tuanku Bainun binti Mohamad Ali Perak April 26, 1989 – April 25, 1994 1932 Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah
10 Tunku Najihah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin Negeri Sembilan April 26, 1994 – April 25, 1999 September 11, 1924 Tuanku Jaafar
11 Tuanku Siti Aishah binti Abdul Rahman Selangor April 26, 1999 – November 21, 2001 November 18, 1971 Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz
12 Tengku Fauziah binti Almarhum Tengku Abdul Rashid Perlis December 13, 2001 – December 12, 2006 June 6, 1946 Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin
13 Tuanku Sultanah Nur Zahirah binti Adil Bakeri Terengganu December 13, 2006 – December 12, 2011 December 7, 1973 Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin
14 Tuanku Sultanah Hajjah Haminah binti Hamidun Kedah December 13, 2011 – December 12, 2016 July 15, 1953 Tuanku Abdul Halim1
1.^ Tuanku Abdul Halim is the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong to reign twice.[1] Sultanah Haminah has been his second wife since 1975.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernama (2011-10-14). "Kedah Sultan To Be Next King, For The Second Time". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 

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