Paku Alam VIII

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Paku Alam VIII
COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Schilderij van Zijne Hoogheid Prins Pakoe Alam VIII in officieel tenue TMnr 10001894.jpg
Portrait of Paku Alam VIII
Born (1910-04-10)10 April 1910
Yogyakarta, Dutch East Indies
Died 11 September 1998(1998-09-11) (aged 88)
Citizenship Indonesian
Spouse(s) Kanjeng Raden Ayu (KRAy) Retnaningrum
Kanjeng Raden Ayu (KRAy) Purnamaningrum
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Paku Alam VIII at his enthronement ceremony in 1937

Sri Paku Alam VIII (10 April 1910 – 11 September 1998) was the son of Sri Paku Alam VII and Gusti Bendara Raden Ayu Retno Poewoso. His child name was Gusti Raden Mas Harya Sularso Kunto Suratno and his adult name was Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Arya Prabu.

He acceded to the throne of the Pakualaman principality Kadipaten Pakualaman on 12 April 1937 with the official name Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Arya Paku Alam VIII. The Pakualaman dates from 1812 and is an enclave within the Yogyakarta Sultanate.

He died in office in 1998, and was buried in the family graveyard at Girigondo.

Paku Alam VIII was a major figure in the independence struggle. His contribution, together with that of Hamengkubuwono IX, led to Yogyakarta gaining status as a Special Region where the sultan and the prince serve respectively as governor and vice-governor for life.[1][2]


  1. ^ Paku Alam VIII Prince of Yogyakarta, 1910- (1997), Sampeyan Dalem Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Ario Paku Alam VIII : jangkep yuswo 90 tahun, 29 Mulud tahun 1930 (3 Agustus 1997), s.n, retrieved 13 April 2012 
  2. ^ For additional details on history and heraldry, see Paku alaman
Political offices
Preceded by
Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX
Governor of Yogyakarta
1 October 1988 – 11 September 1998
Succeeded by
Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sri Paku Alam VII
Prince of the Pakualaman
Succeeded by
Sri Paku Alam IX