Foreign Diplomats Host HM Sultan Brunei's Birthday Reception
|His Majesty and Her Majesty with the USA Ambassador and Spouse|
Their Majesties attend birthday reception
Posted date: September 01, 2015
| Danial Norjidi |
HEADS of Diplomatic Missions in Brunei Darussalam held a special reception yesterday in honour 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.
The reception, which took place at the Royal Berkshire Hall of the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, was held in celebration of His Majesty’s 69th birthday.
His Majesty attended the reception accompanied by Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam.
Also accompanying the monarch was His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar.
Welcoming Their Majesties were a group of high commissioners, ambassadors and their spouses, led by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Chhay Sokhan, the Ambassador of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia to Brunei Darussalam.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Sokhan said, “It is a great honour for the Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Brunei Darussalam to share in the celebration of Your Majesty’s 69th Birthday.”
“On behalf of all my colleagues, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, I would like to express our deep gratitude to His Majesty for graciously consenting to grant us another wonderful opportunity to extend our greetings.”
“We deeply appreciate the warmth and friendliness that His Majesty has shown to us throughout the year. On behalf of all Heads of Diplomatic Missions, it’s my sincere and distinct honour to express our congratulations and best wishes to His Majesty on this occasion.”
The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps also wished His Majesty good health, peace and prosperity.
After delivering his speech, Ambassador Sokhan presented His Majesty with a gift from the Diplomatic Corps in honour of the monarch – a special portrait of His Majesty.
The framed portrait features the message, “Happy 69th Birthday to His Majesty. From all Diplomatic Missions in Negara Brunei Darussalam.”
Made of high quality mosaic tiles using special glazed materials and printing, the gift features 29 flags of the resident Diplomatic Missions accredited to Brunei Darussalam. Featuring an Islamic floral design suggested by the Diplomatic Corps, the background of the portrait is made of high quality metallic brush gold and yellow vinyl decals.
After consenting to receive the gift, His Majesty led the royal entourage in meeting and speaking with each of the various Heads of Diplomatic Missions and their spouses before leaving the venue.