State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended a Royal Banquet on Friday evening in Brunei Darussalam in honour of the Royal Golden Jubilee of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddualah.
The event was held at the Istana Nurul Imam, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, who is celebrating 50 years on the throne.
The banquet was also attended by the presidents of Indonesia and the Philippines, the vice president of Viet Nam, the prime ministers of Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, the deputy prime minister of Laos, members of the royal families of Britain, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Europe and Middle East, friends and invited guests.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and guests arrived at the Royal Palace at 8:30pm local time and were warmly welcomed by government ministers of Brunei Darussalam and palace officials. The festivities began at 9 pm when His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddualah greeted the guests with a prayer of good wishes. While guests were having dinner, they were entertained by musicians playing the traditional music of Brunei. After the Royal Banquet, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah greeted each guest individually and conveyed his thanks for attending the event.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddualah is the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Finance of Brunei. The Sultan of Brunei was born in Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Town (now Bandar Seri Begawan) on 15 July 1946 and obtained his early education in Brunei Darussalam and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From 1966 to 1967, he attended the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in the United Kingdom. In 1960, at the age of 15, he became the Crown Prince. On 5 October 1967, he ascended to the throne as the Sultan of Brunei after his father Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III abdicated the throne on 4 October 1967. The 5th of October marks his golden jubilee that celebrates 50 years of His Majesty’s ascension to the throne.