Tuanku Najihah

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Tunku Najihah
Raja Permaisuri Agong X
Dowager Tunku Ampuan of Negeri Sembilan
Tuanku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan. The Tuanku Ja'afar Royal Gallery, Seremban.jpg
Tunku Ampuan of Negeri Sembilan
Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia
Tenure 26 April 1994 - 25 April 1999
Installation 22 September 1994
Predecessor Tuanku Bainun
Successor Tuanku Siti Aishah
Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan
Tenure 18 April 1967 – 27 December 2008
Installation 8 April 1968
Successor Tuanku Aishah Rohani
Born (1924-09-01) 1 September 1924 (age 92)
Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan, Malaya
Spouse Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Issue Tunku Naquiah
Tunku Naquiyuddin
Tunku Muda Serting Imran
Tunku Jawahir
Tunku Irinah
Tunku Putra Nazaruddin
House Istana Besar Seri Menanti
Father Y.A.M. Tunku Burhanuddin ibni al-Marhum Tuanku Antah, Tunku Besar, CMG
Mother Y.M. Cik Halija binti Haji Umar
Religion Sunni Islam

Tuanku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin (born 1 September 1924) is the Tunku Ampuan[2] of Negeri Sembilan. She was formerly the Tunku Ampuan Besar or Queen of Negeri Sembilan from 1967 to 2008. She also served as Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia between 1994 and 1999.

Tuanku Najihah was married to the former Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Tuanku Jaafar is also the stepson of Tuanku Najihah's sister, Tunku Kurshiah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, who also served as Tunku Ampuan Besar. Tuanku Najihah succeeded her sister, Tunku Durah, as Tunku Ampuan Besar in 1967.

Early life[edit]

HRH Tuanku Najihah with her friends at Tuanku Muhamad High School, Kuala Pilah. The Tuanku Ja'afar Royal Gallery, Seremban
HRH Tuanku Najihah with her father and siblings. The Tuanku Ja'afar Royal Gallery, Seremban

Born on 1 September 1924, Tuanku Najihah received her formal education at the Tuanku Muhammad School in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan. She graduated from the London School of Oriental Studies. She also attended the special language and training course provided for the wives of diplomats while Tuanku Ja’afar was pursuing a course in diplomatic services in London.

Tuanku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin. The Tuanku Ja'afar Royal Gallery, Seremban

Social Contributions[edit]

HRH Tuanku Najihah, as the 1st Chancellor of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. The Tuanku Ja'afar Royal Gallery, Seremban

Tuanku Najihah was made a committee member of the Associated Country Women of the World. She is the patron of various women’s organizations such as the Girl Guides of Negeri Sembilan, the Islamic Women’s Welfare Council and the Women’s Institute. She is the president of the Tuanku Ampuan Badminton Team, the Patron of the Malaysian Women’s Hockey Team, Malaysian Women’s Football Team, Malaysian Women’s Golf Team and the Malaysian Women’s Golf Association (MALGA). He also served as first Chancellor of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.

Family life[edit]

Tuanku Ja'afar, Tuanku Najihah, and their children. London, 1958. The Tuanku Ja'afar Royal Gallery, Seremban

The royal couple have three sons and three daughters :

Title And Styles[edit]

HRH Tuanku Ja'afar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman with his wife Tuanku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin. The Tuanku Ja'afar Royal Gallery, Seremban
  • 1 September 1924 - 17 April 1967 : Her Highness (Yang Amat Mulia) Tunku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin
  • 18 April 1967 - 25 April 1994 : Her Royal Highness (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Tunku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, The Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan
  • 26 April 1994 - 25 April 1999 : Her Majesty (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda) Tuanku Tunku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, The Raja Permaisuri Agong X
  • 26 April 1999 - 27 December 2008 : Her Royal Highness (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Tunku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, The Tunku Ampuan Besar Negeri Sembilan
  • 28 December 2008 - current : Her Royal Highness (Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Tunku Ampuan Najihah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, The Dowager Tunku Ampuan of Negeri Sembilan

Honours[edit]

She was awarded :[3][4]

Honours of Negeri Sembilan[edit]

Honours of Malaysia[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Tuanku Bainun
(Raja Permaisuri of Perak)
Raja Permaisuri Agong
(Queen of Malaysia)
Succeeded by
Tuanku Siti Aishah
(Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor)