|His Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah|
|His Majesty, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah at the Royal Dais|
|The monarch inspecting the Royal Guard of Honour|
|His Majesty returns to the dais after inspecting the Royal Guard of Honour|
|Helicopters flying overhead|
|Opening the ceremony with a 21-cannon gun salute|
|Uniformed personnel during the march past|
Nation marks benevolent monarch’s birthday
Posted date: August 15, 2015
| Khal Baharulalam |
IN A disciplined display of patriotism, thousands of uniformed personnel from across the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Royal Brunei Police Force as well as other government and non-government organisations marched in the ceremonial Royal Guard of Honour parade at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, honouring the 69th birthday of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
Students from schools across the nation lined up along the main procession route, enthusiastically waving their mini national flags, accompanied by the beat of the hadrah drums, as His Majesty and members of the royal family made their way to the Royal Dais.
Accompanying the monarch were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.
The grand ceremony opened with the thunderous roar of the 21-cannon gun salute as the crowd fell into silence – a glaring show of respect for their benevolent king as the national anthem echoed across the field and its surroundings.His Majesty then proceeded to inspect the parade’s contingents comprising personnel from the Royal Brunei Land Forces 2nd Battalion, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force and the Royal Brunei Police Force.
Upon the monarch’s return to the Royal Dais, all participating contingents – donned in their respective uniforms bearing the strictest discipline – proceeded from their refined formations to a march past for a Royal Salute before their king, dressed in a full black and gold military uniform.The exceptional display of patriotism reached its climax following the reassembly of the contingents, during which the ‘Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik’ was chanted three times to honour the monarch’s special birthday celebration.
The grand spectacle ended on a high note with six choppers and an aircraft operated by the Royal Brunei Air Force decorating the clear skies, adding a scenic view to the colour-coded formations on the field.
Courtesy of The Borneo Bulletin