Royal house of Sulu

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Royal House of Sulu
Country Sultanate of Sulu
Titles Sultan of Sulu
Founded 1823
Founder Sultan Jamalul Kiram I
Current head Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram of Sulu

The Royal House of Sulu[1] is an Islamic royal house which ruled the Sulu Sultanate (now part of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines). In 1962, Philippine Government under the leadership of President Diosdado Macapagal officially recognised the continued existence of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu.[citation needed] On 24 May 1974 Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah Kiram, under Memo Order 427, which was issued by Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. Memo Order 427 states that "The Government has always recognised the Sultanate of Sulu as the legitimate claimant to the historical territories of the Republic of Philippines". The Memo Order 427 states that Mahakuttah A. Kiram (reigned 1974–1986) is officially the recognised Sultan of Sulu. Sultan Mahakuttah A. Kiram eldest son Datu Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was officially crowned Raja Muda (Crown Prince, heir to the Throne) of the Sultanate of Sulu. He was crowned Raja Muda (Crown Prince) on the same day His Majesty’s father Mahakuttah A. Kiram was officially crowned Sultan of Sulu. Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram became the Head of the Royal House of Sulu on 16 February 1986. As the eldest son of the former Sultan, he is the legitimate heir claimant to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu. The current ruling lineage is the Royal House of Kiram.[2] The Royal House of Kiram [3] descends from Sultan Jamalul Kiram I, who was the Sultan of Sulu from 1823–1844.[4][5]

Members of the royal house of Sulu [6] hold the style of His/Her Royal Highness (HRH). The adopted members (their spouses and their children) of the Royal House of Sulu hold the style of His/Her Highness (HH).

The Flag of Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram[edit]


The flag of the sultanate is bright red and bears the highly stylised image of the Gateway to Mecca (which constitutes the main territorial symbol in the coat of arms of the sultanate) and below it, the State badge of the Sultanate, the keris=(First Heir-Apparent- Kirams, Shakiraullah, Harun Al-Rashid, Pulalon & Jamalul Azam Families)) and spear=(Second Heir-Apparent - The Maharajah Adinda & Sultan Bantilan Muizuddin Families.), both turned from the hoist. The canton of green bears the image of the inflamed crescent and star (shown in its full colours, that is, the crescent and the star are white and the flames are yellow) as well as two equal stripes, of blue and of white, at the hoist. Below the canton, a roundel white is placed as a representation of the pearl. The flag’s proportions are 2:3, although, when flown together with the flag of the Republic of Philippines or in other similar occasions, it may be of the proportions 1:2.[citation needed] The proportions of the main elements are established in two separate draughts.

The official coat of arms of the royal sultanate of Sulu[edit]

Tierced per pale: Vert, a crescent Argent with a flame Or issuant from its interior, enclosing a five-rayed star of the second (the arms of devotion, borne also for the religious authority of the sultans as well as for the royal house of Kiram); Gules, a gateway represented as two pillars Argent set on a doorstep of the same and above, by Zulfiqar also Argent, hilt and pommel in chief Or and blades resting on the pillars (“the Gateway to Mecca”, for the Royal Sultanate of Sulu); and Vert, a Borneo roofed boat Or ensigned by a fringed umbrella Argent (for the part of Royal Sultanate of Sulu known as the territory of North Borneo).[citation needed]

The shield is ensigned with the songkok [ceremonial cap] of the sultan, above which on a wreath Argent and Azure for the crest is set Zulfiqar Argent, its hilt and pommel Or turned upwards, its blades enclosing a pearl Argent.

For supporters are set two sea-tigers embowed and guardant Or, langued Gules and striped Sable; that to the dexter holding in his sinister paw a keris Argent hilted Or, and that to the sinister, in his dexter paw, a spear Argent hafted Or.

The shield is surrounded with the collar of the royal order of the pearl.

The Royal robe (which is Vert, bordered twice Azure and Argent with double flames Or set on the borders’ lengthwise partition, lined Argent, corded and tasselled Or) is ensigned with the Royal crown of Sulu. Above and behind the crown, the State Gonfanon is issuant, which is represented as a traditional sail-flag [sambulayan] Vert, bearing a chief enhanced per fess Azure and Argent, and two flames Or, each charged with a smaller flame per fess Azure and Argent, issuant over the stripe.

The sambulayan is adorned with pleated edges Or instead of a fringe, and surmounted with a small standard Vert ensigned with the inflamed crescent and star emblem Or; at the sides, the sambulayan’s horizontal staff is pommetty Or and corded of the same, with small triangular flags Gules sans nombre adorning the cords.

For the motto, “TUBUH SUG SARAYAW RAYAW” is written in characters Sable on a ribbon Or, which ribbon is placed below the shield; and for the slogan, “LABI MARAYAW” is written in characters Argent on a ribbon Gules, which ribbon is placed above the Gonfanon.[citation needed]

The Sultan awards the Royal and Hashemite Order of the Pearl.

List of members[edit]

Royal house[edit]

  • Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram[7][8]
    Ampun Babai Dayang Dayang Mellany S. Kiram[8]
    • Maharaja Adinda Moh. Ehsn S. Kiram (The Raja Muda's eldest son)[8]
    • Datu Nizamuddin S. Kiram[8]
    • Dayang Dayang Rahela S. Kiram[8]
    • Datu Jihad S. Kiram[8]
    • Datu Mujahid S. Kiram[8]
    • Dayang Dayang Redha S. Kiram[8]
    • Datu Mahakuttah S. Kiram[8]
  • Besides the bloodline children of the Royal House of Sulu includes:
  • Adopted children and grandchildren of the Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram and their spouses:
    • Datu Cheong Ming Lam [8]
    • Dayang Dayang Yoke C. Looi[8]
  • The Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram's sisters and brothers and their spouses:
    • Dayang Dayang Zuharra T. Kiram Mohammad[8]
      Mr. Hadji Pyzar Mohammad
    • Dayang Dayang Dinwasa T. Kiram Delos-Santos[8]
      Mr. Noel Delos-Santos
    • Datu Yldon Tan Kiram[8]
      HRH Dayang Dayang Myrla Sacapanyo Kiram
    • Dayang Dayang Nur Mahal T. Kiram[8]
    • Dayang Dayang Ayesha T. Kiram-Abdulla[8]
    • Dayang Dayang Tanya Rowena T. Kiram-Tahil[8]
      Mr. Kimal Tahil
  • The Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram's uncles and aunts and their spouses:
    • Dayang Dayang Jamdatul Kiram (widow of the Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram's uncle HRH Datu Iskader A. Kiram)
    • Datu Fuad Abdulla Kiram[citation needed]
      Dayang Dayang Emelee Kiram[citation needed]
    • Dayang Dayang Parmaisuli A. Kiram-Guerzon[citation needed]

Genealogical chart[edit]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ La Casa Real de Sulu. Salón del Trono. Retrieved 12 December 2011. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Sultan Esmail E. Kiram's Raja Muda. The Social world of the Tausug, Juanito A. Bruno,1973, page XV. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Sultan of Sulu reported on throne". The New York Times,1936. 23 November 1936. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sultan of Sulu has his dream at last". The New York Times,1910. 24 September 1910. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Line of succession of the Sultans of Sulu of the Modern Era". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sulu Sultan dies after brief reign". The New York Times,1936. 21 November 1936. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  7. ^ La Orden de la Perla del Real Sultanato de Sulu. Salón del Trono. Retrieved 12 December 2011. [unreliable source?]
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Sultan of Sulu". Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. [unreliable source?]