Sunday, May 20, 2007

MORE PICS & Video – Royal Wedding ends - Glittering “Berstanding” Steeped in royal customs; 800 guests - Royalties, Ministers & Datuks Graced Ceremony

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Final Part May 19 2007

Moderate, Resplendent Bersanding For Raja Nazrin, Tuanku Zara;

May 19, 2007 21:44 PM

ABOVE & BELOW: the 800 odd guests invited for the "bersanding" ceremony

KUALA KANGSAR, May 19 (Bernama) -- The royal wedding of the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, and the Raja Puan Besar of Perak, Tuanku Zara, culminated in a glittering "bersanding" ceremony steeped in royal customs at Istana Iskandariah in Bukit Chandan here, Saturday night.

ABOVE & BELOW: The flower girls entered firt past the seated guests

The ceremony got underway when the royal couple, clad in matching yellow Terengganu songket attires, made their way to the royal dais in the Balairong Seri (Throne Room) accompanied by the reciting of the Salawat Nabi (praises to Prophet Muhammad) by the Haqqani Maulud Ensemble.

ABOVE: The royal couple arriving and BELOW: walking passed the flower girts

Fragrant rose petals were strewn on the pathway as the couple walked up to the royal dais, with Raja Nazrin looking resplendent in his baju Melayu with matching sampin and the setanjak (headgear). Guests were also mesmerised by Tuanku Zara whose beauty was accentuated by her traditional kebaya embellished with gemstones and beads, and a tiara.

ABOVE: Together at the "berstanding" (sitting in state) Ceremony the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, and the Raja Puan Besar of Perak, Tuanku Zara. This is the only pic so far released by Media Centre by 2 am May 20 2007

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ABOVE: The royal couple at the "bersanding" ceremony and BELOW: Her diamonds encrusted rings

The ceremony began when the Toh Seri Nara Diraja sought permission from the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, to begin the ceremony. With the strains of the "nobat" (royal music ensemble) in the background,

ABOVE: Blessings from Sultan Kedah and BELOW: Sultan Azlan Shah

BELOW:Blessings from the Raja Permaisuri of Perak, Tuanku Bainun

the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, got the "merenjis" (blessing) ceremony going followed by Sultanah Haminah Hamidun, Sultan Azlan Shah and the Raja Permaisuri of Perak, Tuanku Bainun, the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, and Sultan Azlan Shah's brother, Raja Datuk Seri Baharum Shah. Seven rounds of cannon shots were fired as the Rulers performed the merenjis ceremony.

Blessings from the top politicians Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (ABOVE), his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (BELOW)

More Pics loadings . blessings from Zara's parents

& Video 1 min 36 anytime by 10 am hopefully when edited.. check back

Also doing the honours for the newlyweds were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and Tuanku Zara's parents, Salim Davidson and Sharifah Azaliah Syed Omar Shahabudin. (see BELOW, not in Video Clip)

And Blessings from Tuanku Zara's father (ABOVE) and from the mother (BELOW)
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and the extra peck from the Mother to Raja Muda (ABOVE) and her daughter Zara (BELOW)

At the start of the bersanding, court attendants bearing the royal regalias entered the Balairong Seri followed by the three Malay rulers to the accompaniment of the nobat music. They were followed by 16 candle and 10 bunga rampai bearers. The wedding, being held on a moderate scale, was only attended by the Sultans of Kedah and Selangor as they were related to the royal couple. Billed as the "Royal Wedding of the Year," the marriage ceremonies began on Thursday with the solemnisation followed by the proclamation of Tuanku Zara as the Raja Puan Besar of Perak the next day. She was conferred the Darjah Kerabat (Darjah Kerabat Seri Paduka Sultan Azlan Shah Perak Yang Amat Dihormati) which carries the "Datuk Seri" title.

The bersanding concluded with the reciting of the doa (thanksgiving prayer) by the Perak Mufti Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria. After the bersanding ceremony, Raja Nazrin and his bride, headed for the banquet. The Raja Muda had changed into a Mess Kit while Tuanku Zara looked stunning in an ivory-hued long dress of French lace adorned with gemstones and beads. About 800 guests, including royalties, Cabinet ministers from Perak and the recipients of datukships from the state, attended tonight's bersanding. The ministers included Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

Now Watch the Video Clip of the "Bersanding) 1 min 57 sec

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About 1,000 Watch Bersanding Of Royal Wedding On Giant Screen

May 19, 2007 00:01 AM

IPOH, May 19 (Bernama) -- About 1,000 people braved a drizzle Saturday night to watch on a giant screen here the "bersanding" (sitting-in-state) of the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, and the Raja Puan Besar of Perak, Tuanku Zara, who were married on Thursday. The "bersanding", which was held at the Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar, tonight was carried live via closed circuit on the giant screen at the Ipoh City Council Square. People began to gather at the square from as early as late afternoon to watch the ceremony which began at 8.50pm and they stayed on until the end of the relay at 10pm.

Prior to the live feed, the recorded "akad nikah" (solemnisation of the marriage) ceremony and proclamation of Tuanku Zara as the Raja Puan Besar of Perak were shown. The wedding, dubbed the "Royal Wedding of the Year", began on Thursday with the "akad nikah" followed by the proclamation of Tuanku Zara as the Raja Puan Besar of Perak and the conferment of the Darjah Kerabat Seri Paduka Sultan Azlan Shah Perak Yang Amat Dihormati, which carries the "Datuk Seri" title, on her.

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Fireworks Add To Joy Of Royal Wedding
KUALA KANGSAR, May 19 (Bernama) -- Fireworks lit up the night sky of Kuala Kangsar for 30 minutes as more than 10,000 people thronged the royal town to share in the joy of the wedding of the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, and the Raja Puan Besar, Tuanku Zara. The royal wedding ceremonies concluded Saturday night with the "bersanding" (sitting-in-state) ceremony at the Istana Iskandariah in Bukit Chandan, which was beamed live to giant screens here and in Ipoh. The fireworks, which began at 9.25pm, added to the gaiety of the neon lights and the "lampu panjut" (oil lamps) placed along a one-kilometre stretch of the Perak River.

At the Arena Square, more than 6,500 guests attended a feast for the common folk, which was sponsored by Raja Nazrin. Visitors started arriving as early as 6 pm, turning placid Kuala Kangsar into a town crammed with people and an unending stream of vehicles. However, the 100 policemen on duty since the afternoon did a good job of controlling the traffic along the several roads that had been turned into one-way streets. The jetty near Arena Square, which provides passenger boat services between Sayong and Kuala Kangsar, was busy with people coming to watch the "lampu panjut" and attend the feast. Several people approached said they did not want to miss out on the "bersanding" ceremony which was attended by sultans, the prime minister, deputy prime minister and other VIPs.

Government pensioner Shaharani Hassan, 65, of Parit, Perak, said he arrived at Arena Square at 6.30pm with his family in two cars. "I decided last week itself to come here after seeing the news of the wedding on television. I had also wanted to bring my grandchildren to see the fireworks and the oil lamps festival," he said. A former soldier, who wanted to be known only as Alias, came with his family to share in the joy of the royal couple. "We came not so much for the feast but to watch the bersanding of the Raja Muda and the Raja Puan Besar. The people of Perak have been waiting for a long time for the Raja Muda to get married," said Alias, who hails from Lenggong, Perak.

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Oil Lamp Festival Adds Glitter To Wedding Celebration

May 19, 2007 18:33 PM

GLITTERING: Kuala Kangsar is transformed into a fairyland with the flickering of light of oil lamps and neon lights along the Sungai Perak.

KUALA KANGSAR, May 19 (Bernama) -- The royal town of Kuala Kangsar was bathed in multi-coloured neon lights as well as the flickering light of oil lamps last night to celebrate the wedding of the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, and the Raja Puan Besar of Perak, Tuanku Zara. Themed after the royal wedding, the oil lamps shaped like a mosque, a kris, a heart or a dome, adorned a one-kilometre stretch of the town's river bank facing the Laman Budaya. The configurations were each made up of between 1,000 and 3,500 bamboo or rattan oil lamps and embellished with banners bearing congratulatory messages like "God Bless the Royal Couple" and "Happy Marriage".

Enthusiastic house owners also took part in the "panjut" or oil lamp festival by lighting up their compounds with oil lamps to share in the joy of the royal wedding. The people of Kuala Kangsar and out-of-towners thronged the royal town which was bedecked with fancy neon lights, including at the clock tower located in the town centre. The decorative lamps were also put up in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and the country's 50th independence anniversary. About 20 government departments and agencies as well as the private sector are taking part in the two-day festival organised by the Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council.

A boat ride also allowed visitors to take in the panorama from a different perspective as they enjoyed the sight of the resplendent Istana Iskandariah and Ubudiah Mosque, all aglow under the night sky. The "bersanding" (sitting-in-state ceremony) will be held at the palace Saturday night. A feast for 5,000 people will also be held at the Arena Square to mark the occasion. Some 100 policemen will be on duty to monitor traffic flow in the royal town. Besides the oil lamp festival, people can also expect a grand fireworks display sponsored by the Chinese community in Perak tonight to celebrate the royal wedding.

= = == = ==Following are MORE Pics not previously released for the Proclamation as Raja Puan Besar Perak

= = = = == =Following are MORE PICS of the Raja Muda Perak who went to inspect the Dataran Areana and the Media Center immediately after the ceremony on Thursday 17th May 2007

= == = = == = Following are MORE PICS of Tun Dr Mahathir together with his wife looking at the Wedding photos in Utusan Daily. They have send their congratulatory message to the newly weds


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