Visit by Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to Brunei 1961

In Malaya August 1961 issue, the Journal for the British Association of Malaya, it had this news entry about the visit by Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaya to Brunei from 1st to 4th July 1961. The news read as follows:-


... and Praise with Happy Hearts his Beautiful Queen 

 Brunei people opened their hearts to the King and Queen of Malaya during their five-day visit from the 1st to 4th July. In sincerity and friendship they made it a Royal welcome indeed. They viewed the regal bearing of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong with somen regard and, when they saw the Queen, exclaimed, "Isn't she beautiful!"

One hundred Brunei police in smart white jackets and black trousers formed a Guard of Honour to welcome the Royal visitors on their arrival at Brunei airport. Thousands of Government officials, school children, and other well wishers turned out to show their warm affection for the Sultan's friend from Malaya. The Sultan of Brunei and the Raja Isteri personally walked to the aircraft to greet the Royal guests. Driving into town together in a black Daimler the King and the Sultan were followed in a pink Cadillac by the Queen and the Raja Isteri. Leading the procession were the Sultan's Palace Guards in colourful array. The swordsmen were dressed in total black and carried bright silver shields. The spear bearers wore vivid red. After another welcome at Istana Darul Hana the Royal guests attended a State Banquet at the civic centre.

During the visit a reception was held at the Shell Recreation Club, Seria, after which the King and Queen of Malaya and the Sultan and Raja Isteri of Brunei attended a State lunch at the District Officer's residence. The Queen visited the Shell oil area and on MOnday evening the King took part in a foursome at the Panaga Club golf course when, after muffling his first drive, he exclaimed, "I should have brought a tennis reacket."

Returning to Brunei Town on Tuesday afternoon the visitors attended a Royal Banquet at Istana Darul Hana. Gifts were exchanged and friendship pledged. On Wednesday morning at 7.58 a.m. the Royal guests for home in a Malayan Airways Viscount. Thousands thronged the airport to wave them farewell.



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