DK Johore

I found this interesting historical article recently. In the March 1960 edition of the 'Malaya - The Journal of the British Association of Malaya' there was a special article about the Sultan of Johore awarding to our Brunei Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III on the occasion of Sultan Johore's investiture as the 12th Sultan of Johore. The news read:

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On the 10th February 1960, in the historic throne room of the Istana Besar, Johore Bahru, His Highness Colonel Sir Ismail ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Ibrahim was crowned Sultan and Soverign Ruler of the Territory of Johore and all its dependencies.

His Highness Sultan Sir Ismail, 65, thus became the twelfth member of the Johore Royal Family to rule over the State since the demise of His Late Highness Sultan Aladdin Riayat Shah II, who founded Johore at Kota Tinggi in 1540.

Her Highness Ungku Tun Aminah binti Ungku Ahmad, Consort of His Highness the Sultan, was crowned Sultanah of Johore.

About 420 diplomatic representatives, Service chiefs, Datos, State Assemblymen and leading citizens of Johore and their wives were present.

Representatives of Their Excellencies the Governors of Malacca and Penang, and of Their Highnesses the Rulers of Kedah, Perak, Terengganu, Perlis, Selangor, Pahang and Negri Sembilan arrived with their wives, in that order.

They were followed by His Highness the Sultan of Brunei and the Representative of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

During the Coronation ceremony, television was used for the first time to enable guests seated in a pavillion outside the Throne Room to watch this ancient ritual.

After the ceremony, the Sultan and Sultanah went for a State Drive around Johore Bahru. A crowd of 50,000 people including schoolchildren lined the route and shouted 'Daulat Tuanku' as the royal couple passed by.

In the evening a State Banquet for 1,000 people was held at the Banqueting Hall and Pavilion of the Istana Besar. The people of Johore celebrated the evening with a procession of illuminated floats, dragon dance, and lantern procession. On Thursday, 11th February, ninety persons were honoured by His Highness the Sultan of Johore at a special investiture held at the Istana Besar. The Sultan of Brunei, Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien, received the First Class Johore Royal Family Award of Darjah Kerabat Yang Amat Di-Hormati.

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