Queen Saleha of Brunei

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Raja Isteri (Queen Consort)
of Brunei Darussalam
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Queen Saleha in 2013
Raja Isteri of Brunei
Tenure5 October 1967 – present
Coronation1 August 1968
Born (1946-10-07) 7 October 1946 (age 73)
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei-Muara District, Brunei
SpouseSultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
(m. 1965)
IssuePrincess Rashidah
Princess Muta-Wakkilah
Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah
Princess Majeedah
Princess Hafizah
Prince Abdul Malik
Full name
Hajah Saleha binti Haji Mohamed Alam
HouseHouse of Bolkiah
FatherPengiran Anak Mohammad Alam
MotherPengiran Anak Hajah Besar
ReligionSunni Islam
Bruneian royal family
Personal Emblem of the Sultan of Brunei.svg

HM The Sultan
HM The Raja Isteri

Saleha (full name: Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam; born 7 October 1946) is the Queen consort[1] of Brunei as the wife of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the current Sultan of Brunei. She was the daughter of Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Alam and Pengiran Anak Hajah Besar. After her husband was crowned as the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei, she succeeded her mother-in-law, Pengiran Anak Damit, as Raja Isteri (Queen consort).[2] She is the mother of Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah.

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.

Name Saleha meaning "Pious" or "Virtuous".

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.

When Saleha was young she sometimes did not wear a veil.[3][4][5]

Marriage and family life[edit]

On 28 July 1965, Saleha married her paternal first cousin, Pengiran Muda Mahkota (Crown Prince) Hassanal Bolkiah, who later became the 29th Sultan of Brunei. The sultan's mother Raja Isteri (Queen Consort) Pengiran Anak Damit and Saleha's father Pengiran Anak Mohammad Alam were siblings.[6]

Saleha has two sons and four daughters. She has sixteen grandchildren (five from her daughter Princess Rashidah, four from her son Crown Prince Billah, two from her daughter Princess Majeedah, three from her daughter Princess Hafizah and two from her son Prince Abdul Malik), and her elder son is Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah. (see Issue)

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.

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.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Raja Isteri Saleha of Brunei
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Reference styleHer Majesty
Spoken styleYour Majesty
  • 7 October 1946 – 27 July 1950: Her Highness (Yang Mulia) Pengiran Anak Saleha binti Pengiran Anak Mohamed Alam
  • 27 July 1950 – 29 July 1965: Her Highness (Yang Mulia) Pengiran Anak Saleha binti Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam
  • 29 July 1965 – 4 October 1967: Her Royal Highness (Yang Teramat Mulia) Pengiran Anak Saleha binti Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, The Crown Princess (Pengiran Anak Isteri) of Brunei
  • 4 October 1967 – 14 December 1982: Her Highness (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda) Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, The Raja Isteri of Brunei
  • 14 December 1982 – 1 January 1984: Her Highness (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda) Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, The Raja Isteri of Brunei
  • 1 January 1984 – present: Her Majesty (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda) Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, The Raja Isteri of Brunei


She has been awarded :[7]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


Name Birth Marriage Their Children
Pengiran Anak Puteri (Princess) Hajah Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah 26 July 1969 Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila di-Raja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji 'Abdul Rahim bin Al Marhum Pengiran Indera Mahkota Pengiran Anak Dr. Kemaluddin Al-Haj Pengiran Anak Raheemah Sanaul Bolkiah
(b. 28 December 1997)
Pengiran Anak Hariisah Widadul Bolqiah
Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Raqiib
(b. 14 May 2002)
Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb
(b. 14 January 2006)
Pengiran Anak Raqeeqah Raayatul Bolqiah
(b. 16 December 2009)
Pengiran Anak Puteri (Princess) Hajah Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah 12 October 1971
Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji (Crown Prince) Al-Muhtadee Billah 17 February 1974 Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab-Rahaman Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim
(b. 17 March 2007)
Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah
(b. 2 January 2011)
Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman
(b. 7 June 2015)
Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa Raihaanul Bolkiah
(b. 1 December 2017)
Pengiran Anak Puteri (Princess) Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah 16 March 1976 Y.A.M. Pengiran Anak Khairul Khalil bin Pengiran Syed Haji Jaafari Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Hafeez
(b. 18 March 2008)
Pengiran Anak Raihaanah Hanaa-Ul Bolqiah
(b. 6 January 2010)
Pengiran Anak Puteri (Princess) Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah 12 March 1980 Y.A.M. Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Ruzaini bin Pengiran Dr. Haji Mohammad Yakub Pengiran Anak Muhammad Za'eem
(b. 3 August 2013)
Pengiran Anak Muhammad 'Aamir
(b. 13 February 2015)
Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Hakeem
(b.19 February 2018)
Pengiran Muda (Prince) Abdul Malik 30 June 1983 Y.A.M Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabiatul Adawiyyah binti Pengiran Haji Bolkiah Y.A.M Pengiran Anak Muthee'ah Raayatul Bolqiah
(b. 2 March 2016)
Pengiran Anak Fathiyyah Rafaahul Bolqiah
(b.10 March 2018)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Borneo: Sabah - Brunei - Sarawak. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Coronation of His Majesty Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam". hmjubliemas.gov.bn.
  3. ^ Media cache
  4. ^ Saleha Photo
  5. ^ Pengiran Anak Saleha
  6. ^ Saunders, Graham E. (2002). A history of Brunei (2 ed.). Routledge. p. 163. ISBN 0-7007-1698-X.
  7. ^ Royal Ark, Brunei genealogy details p.13
  8. ^ a b c d "Warisanpermaisuri" blog, Sultanah Saleha page with orders mentions (Dec. 2012)
  9. ^ "Photographic image" (PDG). 4.bp.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  10. ^ "Photographic image" (PDG). 1.bp.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  11. ^ "Photographic image" (PDG). 3.bp.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  12. ^ "Photographic image" (PDG). 2.bp.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  13. ^ "KDYMM Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha.. Raja Isteri Brunei Darussalam." Warisanpermaisuri.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Photographic image" (PDG). 66.media.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  15. ^ Noblesse et Royautés Archived January 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine (French), State visit of Netherlands in Brunei (01/2013), Photo[dead link]
  16. ^ "Nine Prong Tiara". Pinterest.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  17. ^ "First State Visit Of His Majesty King Carl Xvi Gustaf And Her Majesty Queen Silvia To Brunei In Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam In February 2004". Gettyimages.co.uk. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Photographic image" (PDG). 3.bp.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04.

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Queen Saleha of Brunei
Born: 07 October 1947
Royal titles
Preceded by
Pengiran Anak Damit
Raja Isteri of Brunei