Malaysia Crowns New King, Under System Where 9 Families Take Turns
- Malaysia’s new king was crowned on Thursday as part of a unique rotating monarchy system shared between nine households.
- Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah takes over from Sultan Muhammad V who abdicated in mysterious circumstances on January 6, the first ruler ever to do so.
- Under the system, one Sultan from each of the nine royal states becomes king, or “Agong,” every five years. Out of the 43 monarchies in the world this is the system of its kind.
- There are actually 13 Malay states, but only nine of them have royal families.
- The system has been in place since the British Empire’s occupation of Malaysia ended in 1957.
Malaysia’s new king ascended to the throne on Thursday, under a unique system where nine royal families juggle the crown every five years.
Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was crowned after Sultan Muhammad V unexpectedly abdicated on January 6 just two years into his term.
According to the BBC, the abdication came after intense speculation about his marriage to Oksana Voevodina, a Russian model who won the Miss Moscow pageant in 2015.
Malaysia has used the rotating monarchy system since 1957, after Britain returned control of the colony to the royal family and the new parliament.
Split between two land masses, Malaysia, highlighted in red, lies to the south and east of Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
There are 9 royal families in Malaysia. The head of each has the title of Sultan, and they rotate five-year terms as “agong”, the Malaysian term for king.
The new 59-year-old king is from Pahang state.
There is an established order to who becomes king next, but the Sultans of each family still have to vote on who the next one should be.
Malaysia’s new King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah attend a welcoming ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 31, 2019.
Much like in Britain, the monarch holds a mainly ceremonial role, with the Prime Minister and parliament holding administrative power.
The agong must approve legislation before it can become law, but doesn’t interfere in politics.
The now-former Malaysian King Muhammad V married Oksana Voevodina, Miss Moscow 2015, in November 2018.
The king does hold roles as the head of government and the armed forces, and he can also issue pardons for criminals.
He is also considered the guardian of Malay culture, morality, and Islam, the official state religion, which two thirds of its 32 million citizens practice.
As a salary, parliament gives the incumbent king 5 million ringgit ($1.21 million) a year to cover expenses.
The now-former Malaysian King Muhammad V attends a welcome ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 26, 2017.
There are 13 states in Malaysia, but only nine of them have royal families.
In the order they rotate as king, they are: Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Perlis, Terengganu, Kedah, Kelantan, Pahang, Johor, and Perak
The sultan next in the rota to be king, Sultan Nazrin of Perak state, became deputy king on Thursday at the ceremony.
Out of the 43 monarchies in the world Malaysia’s is the only one which uses this system.
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Malaysia’s new king, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, poses for a photograph during his coronation at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 30, 2019. (Malaysia’s Department of Information/Handout via Reuters).
Earlier this week, Malaysia installed its 16th elected monarch since the country achieved independence from British colonial rule in 1957. King Abdullah, 60, who is also the Sultan of Malaysia’s Pahang state, formally ascended the throne amid rituals that go back centuries.
King Abdullah’s predecessor, Muhammad V of the Kelantan state, made headlines in January this year after becoming the first ruling monarch of the country to abdicate; leaving the throne so that he could marry a Russian ex-beauty pageant winner.
The top office in Malaysia is known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which literally means ‘He Who is Made Lord’– referring to its elective nature, and has a tenure of five years. Malaysia’s system of elected monarchy is the only one of its kind in the world. READ MORE EXPLAINED NEWS
What is Malaysia’s ‘elected monarchy’?
The Malaysian monarchy consists of nine hereditary ethnic Malay royals who form the Conference of Rulers, each ruling a separate state in Malaysia (Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor, and Terengganu). Seven of these kings use the title of ‘Sultan’, except Negeri Sembilan and Perlis, who use the titles ‘Yang di-Pertuan Besar’ and ‘Raja’ respectively.
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In the current system of election, which has been in place since the end of colonial rule in 1957, the king is elected by these nine rulers, and reigns for a tenure of five years. Every five years, the nine royals elect to confirm or reject the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong from amongst them, in a rotational system where the order of succession among states is premeditated. The current Sultan Abdullah of Pahang was the next in line to ascend the throne, and became king upon being confirmed by the Council after his predecessor Muhammad V of Kelantan abdicated.
The Conference of Rulers also includes the governors of the non-royal states of Malacca, Penang, Sarawak, and Sabah, but these can neither elect nor get elected to the throne.
Role of the monarch today
The monarchy in Malaysia has its roots in the 15th century, when the oldest kingdom of Malacca was founded by Iskandar Shah, a Muslim convert who earlier went by the name Parameswara.
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Since then, the position of the monarchy has deteriorated, including through the British colonial era when royals did not exercise any active role. After 1957, when the British departed, the monarchy has been confined to a largely ceremonial position.
A constitutional monarchy today, Malaysia has the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the head of state, and an elected government is actually in power. The Agong has to give his assent to the appointment of the Prime Minister and other senior appointments, and also has to approve laws made by Parliament.
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Despite not having vast executive powers, the Agong is deeply respected in Malaysian society. Ethnic Malays, who are Muslims and constitute the majority of the country’s population, consider the Agong as the guardian of Islam in Malaysia. He is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and portraits of the Agong and his consort are displayed in government buildings across Malaysia. Criticising the Agong is a serious offence in the country, and can lead to arrest under the country’s Sedition Act.
6 Most Fashionable Malaysian Royalty and Members of Royal Family
Nine states and several Royal houses in a tow, we looked into the most fashionable Malaysian royalty, including members wed into the royal family. Not only do these women possess the smarts and talents in their given fields, they’re fashion icons that we aspire to be. From casual athletic wear, chic street styles to the formal dresses, each of them rocked their own styles.
Read on to find out how they should inspire your style, and how you can say you’re dressing up like royalty too!
Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah
Image Credits: Tunku Tun Aminah x Jovian Collection
The beloved darling of Johor, Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah is effortlessly graceful in her mannerisms and her infectious smile. Having studied fashion briefly, she has also made her mark in the fashion world through a collaboration with local brand House of Jovian Mandagie. The premium collection ‘Tunku Tun Aminah X Jovian’ was released in 2016, featuring designs inspired by her personality.
Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah
Image Credits: @zatashah | Instagram.com
‘Down-to-Earth’ sums up Tengku Zatashah’s daily style, a style that reflects her humble and outgoing personality. A highly independent woman, the princess has been an advocate for charities and pushing environmental conservations. She’s graced several magazine covers before, but we much prefer her in her active sports gear and casual outfits. Check out her Instagram @zatashah.
Tengku Chanela Jamidah Tengku Ibrahim
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Entrepreneur, mother and fashion icon, Tengku Chanela Jamidah has had her hand in the startup of the brands Ultra, Thavia, and Dida. Often spotted in simple yet daring styles, it comes to show that you don’t need extravagant fashion to look good. Going for minimalistic styles with unique details, we are in love with her fashion line as well. Follow her fashion ventures and life stories on her Instagram @tcjamidah.
Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim
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The grandniece of Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tuanku Zara Salim is the symbol of beauty and brains. Trained in chemical engineering, her highness is also an adventure sports enthusiast and mother of two beautiful children. Tuanku Zara Salim’s style is elegant and poised, reminding us of a blossoming flower.
Datin Ezurin Yaacob
Image Credits: @ezurinkhyra | Instagram.com
As a model and socialite, Datin Ezurin Yaacob is no stranger to the high fashion scene. Married to Datuk Tunku Yaacob Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah, she is also the mother of five children. She often posts about her family, journeys and killer OOTDs on her Instagram @ezurinkhyra, where she has amassed over 120k followers as of date. We don’t know about you, but the model mom sure makes a daily stroll in the park look like a high-end fashion runway.
Juliana Sophie Evans
Image Credits: @julianaevans | Instagram.com
The popular Malaysian actress wed into the royal family to Tengku Shariffuddin Shah earlier this year. An actress, model and television host, she also boasts one of the more versatile styles on this list. From minimalistic to sophisticated, we’re loving all her looks. Follow her on Instagram @julianaevans for more fashion and life updates, including lovey-dovey photos with her husband that would make anyone go ‘aww!’.
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That rounds off our list of most fashionable Malaysian royalty and members of the royal family.
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Why is Malaysia’s monarchy so unique compared to other kingdoms?
Instead of following the bloodline, nine royal families use an electoral system to choose the next Malaysian monarch for a five-year term.
The sixth Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah, center left, and his consort Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, sit on their thrones during their coronation at Istana Abu Bakar Palace in Padang, Malaysia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, of Malaysia’s central Pahang state, was sworn in as the country’s 16th king on Thursday, following the surprise resignation of Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan on January 6.
A Southeast Asian country, located in the Malay peninsula and the island of Borneo, Malaysia is a former British colony, which gained independence in 1963.
A federation made up of 13 states, Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy at both federal and state level.
Officially the king of Malaysia is the head of state, as well as serving as the supreme commander of the armed forces and also serving as the top cleric for the country’s dominant religion Islam. The king is seen as the upholder of both Malay and Islamic values. He, however, has to act in accordance with the will of the cabinet and parliament.
The king’s role in Malaysia is largely ceremonial. Some of his duties include swearing in prime ministers and issuing royal pardons, such as in the case of former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim who was convicted of sodomy and corruption, who was released from prison last year.
The king is also responsible for promoting democracy to the federal states. What makes the Malaysian monarchy unique from other countries is that the king is crowned through an election process rather than succession through the bloodline.
Malaysia has nine royal households, who typically take turns to sit on the throne, and the selection of the next king is decided by a vote in the Council of Rulers, made up of all nine royal households.
There are also four state governors who attend the conference but cannot vote.
Nine hereditary sultans from each state take turns to be the monarch, called also ‘yang di-pertuan agong’ for five-year terms.
Although royalty is not directly involved in politics, it does have an influence over the political system.
Candidates and politicians generally try to raise and cultivate support from sultans as a way of influencing the voters.
However, not all politicians have had a good relationship with the monarchy. In the early Nineties, then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad withdrew the sultans’ absolute power to veto state and federal legislation through constitutional amendments.
It even curbed their legal immunity after a series of scandals and incidents involving the royals over the years.
Malaysia’s King Muhammad V abdicated on January 6, after two years on the throne. It is the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing their five-year tenure.
The abrupt departure of Sultan Muhammad V comes weeks after his marriage to a former Russian beauty queen that sparked intense speculation.
However, the palace did not give any explanation of why the king abdicated.
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Malaysian Queen shares stories about her Chinese heritage, SE Asia News & Top Stories
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Tunku Azizah, the Malaysian Raja Permaisuri Agong, spoke to Chinese media days before the July 30 installation ceremony of her husband, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong and took the opportunity to explain her Chinese heritage.
“I am Cantonese. I can speak a bit of the dialect and also some Hokkien. I am a Raja Permaisuri Agong with Chinese parentage,” she told the Sin Chew daily, adding that her roots go back to Guangdong.
Tunku Azizah is the daughter of the late Johor Ruler Sultan Iskandar and the sister of current Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
Her late mother, Enche’ Besar Hajah Khalsom binti Abdullah, was a British woman who was born Josephine Ruby Trevorrow.
Recounting her family history going back to 1885, she said the late Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor married the daughter of a Chinese merchant, Wong Ah Gew and added that this daughter became Sultanah Fatimah.
“That’s where I got my Chinese lineage from,” she said, adding that Sultanah Fatimah was from a very rich merchant family in Singapore.
Tunku Azizah said that although Sultanah Fatimah had no sons, she ensured her Chinese heritage remained in the Johor royal family by arranging for her two daughters to be married to members of the royal family in the state.
She also revealed that Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok, whom she met six years ago, had borrowed 3,000 dollars from the Johor royal family to start his business when he was young. (The currency used at that time in Malaya was referred to as dollars.)
She said the Johor royal family was close to Mr Kuok, whose parents supplied daily necessities to the army at that time.
Tunku Azizah added that this was after World War II, and said that Mr Kuok came and asked to borrow the money to let him start a business.
“I don’t remember the details, but I know my grandmother took my father’s – Sultan Iskandar’s – savings and gave it to him,” she said. “I believed he has already returned the money. At that time, 3,000 dollars was a large amount.”
“As a child, I think it was quite amazing for my father to have that much in his savings,” she said, adding that she mentioned the incident to Mr Kuok when they met in Hong Kong after he became successful.
“He still remembers, but he told me frankly that he had no idea the money was from Sultan Iskandar’s savings.
“This is what I want the Chinese community to know. It is regrettable that he did not include this incident in his autobiography,” she said, referring to Mr Kuok’s memoir published two years ago.
Tunku Azizah also revealed that the late Sultan Iskandar had offered to award Mr Kuok the honorary title of Tan Sri when he was the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, but Mr Kuok turned down the offer and insisted he was not to be given any title.
“He is a filial son,” she said. “He would consult his mother, regardless of any business decision he made and his mother’s residence is still in Johor. I really respect Robert Kuok and I also want to invite him to the installation ceremony. I really hope he could make it.”
Tunku Azizah also recalled a joke her late father made when she was a child.
“This happened when my birth certificate went missing. So my father joked that I was actually picked up from a dumpster in China and since my birth certificate was missing, I had to be cut up in pieces and cooked in curry,” she said.
“He then said that I had to be eaten in order to be reborn. As a child, that was scary to hear.”
She also shared a story about the spectacles she wore as a child.
“I had amblyopia (lazy eye) when I was small. When wearing wingtip spectacles like those used by Lydia Sum, I really looked like a Chinese person,” she said referring to the late Hong Kong actress.
Tunku Azizah said the spectacles she wore made her look like Hong Kong songstress Jenny Tseng and this prompted her family to give her a Chinese nickname.
“They called me Ling Ling from Tong Sua,” she said, adding that many in the Chinese community also called her Jenny Tseng due to her strong resemblance to the singer.
Tunku Azizah also shared that she was mischievous and added that she would be punished by her teacher for forgetting to do her schoolwork.
“I dared not tell my parents about it, because my father was fierce like a lion and would cane me,” she quipped.
Recalling her dislike for Mathematics and Science at school, Tunku Azizah said she resorted to signing her report card on behalf of her father after getting bad grades for the two subjects.
“I was scared and ashamed every time I failed my Maths and Science. As I was worried that I would be punished, I signed the report card myself,” she said.
She added that she would tell her father that he had already signed it and forgot that he did when he asked her about it.
Tunku Azizah also said that she still remembers her teachers, including former Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, who is now the Star Media Group chairman.
Tunku Azizah recalled that she addressed Mr Fu loudly as “cikgu” (teacher).
Aside from this, Tunku Azizah also spoke about how her approachable way won hearts.
“Maybe this is to do with my upbringing. I grew up in a normal family like others,” she said, adding that her stern father liked to crack jokes.
“I also like to talk, while the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is more of a reticent person. He would listen to me talking most of the time,” she added.
She recalled a heart-warming friendship with a cellphone shop assistant from years ago who referred to her as ‘kakak’ (sister). Tunku Azizah said she was comfortable with terms of endearment like nenek, popo, or nana (grandmother).
“Just call me kakak, or call me nenek, popo, or nana also can. Everyone also calls me that, it is no problem,” she said.
She noted that the shop assistant has since migrated to Australia and only found out she is now the Raja Permaisuri Agong after reading the papers.
“He called to congratulate me and said that he must give me a present. He still called me kakak on the phone,” she said.
Malaysia’s King and Queen go into Coronavirus quarantine
Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and wife Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah
It seems that royalty is far from immune to the effects of the coronavirus, as every day offers increasing evidence of. First it was the head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, Austrian Archduke Karl von Habsburg, then it was Prince Albert II of Monaco, and on Wednesday it was announced that Prince Charles had contracted Covid-19.
Malaysia’s King and Queen, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and wife Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, are the latest to be affected. Although they have both tested negative, they have been forced into 14 days of quarantine since seven palace staff members have tested positive. The infected staff have been taken to hospital as officials try to work out the source – or the ‘patient zero’. Malaysia’s Palace, the Istana Negara, in northwestern Kuala Lumpur is being thoroughly disinfected as a result of the outbreak.
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Malaysia’s Palace, the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia has more than 2,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, making it the hardest-hit country in Southeast Asia. The majority of the country’s infections have been linked back to an Islamic conference that happened at the Sri Petaling mosque back in February, attended by approximately 20,000 people from Bangladesh, Brunei, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Last week Malaysia entered full lockdown to try to slow the spread of the virus, with schools closing and people banned from leaving homes except for urgent requirements. It is now thought that a third of the world’s population are under some kind of lockdown to help slow the spread of the virus.
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The World’s Youngest Royals In Line for the Throne
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By Chloe Pek
June 09, 2020
Meet the future Kings and Queens from monarchies around the world
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We’re all familiar with the children of the British royal family—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and even Archie Harrison, who is further down the line to the crown. But what about the young heirs and heiresses of monarchies in other parts of the world? We round up the youngest royals around the globe, who are set to become the monarchs of tomorrow.
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Born on May 10, 2020, the royal baby of Prince Guilliame and Princess Stéphanie is already second in line to the throne of Luxembourg, a small European country bordered by Belgium, France and Germany.
The young prince made his public appearance for the first time on the steps of Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital two days after he was born, and met his grandparents, the Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg via a video call.
The heir apparent to the throne of Bhutan, Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck is the first child of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan and his wife, Queen Ashi Jetsun Puma—who is the world’s youngest living queen.
The four-year-old is also known as the Dragon Prince, and his birth in 2016 was celebrated with the planting of 108,000 trees.
Born in 2014, two minutes after his twin sister Princess Gabriella, Prince Jacques is the hereditary heir of Monaco, where male heirs take precedence. The five-year-old son of sovereign Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene also holds the title of Marquis de Baux, which is traditionally given to all heir apparent to the Monegasque throne.
The birth of the twins was marked with 42 cannon shots from the Fort Antoine. Church bells rang for 15 minutes, followed by boat horns. When the prince and princess were presented on January 7, 2015, it was declared a public holiday in Monaco.
Prince Taufa’ahau Manumataongo, who recently turned seven, is second in line to the throne of Tonga after his father Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala. Tonga is the last Polynesian kingdom in the South Pacific, and was a protectorate of the United Kingdom from 1900 to 1970.
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Eight-year-old Princess Estelle is the eldest child of Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, second-in-line to the Swedish throne. Also holding the title of Duchess of Östergötland, Estelle’s birth was celebrated with much fanfare as she was the first female royal to be born with the right to inherit the throne as heir apparent.
This is because Sweden adopted absolute primogeniture in 1980, which allowed for the eldest child to be first in the line of succession regardless of gender. Her birthday was marked by two 21-gun salutes on Skeppsholmen island, opposite the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
The nephew of Emperor Naruhito, 13-year-old Prince Hisahito is the youngest and only son of Crown Prince Akishino, and second in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne.
His older sister is Princess Mako, who famously announced in 2017 that she was giving up her royal status to marry a commoner. There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding her marriage, which has been indefinitely postponed for two years.
The eldest of Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia’s two daughters, 14-year-old Princess Leonor is the heir presumptive to the throne, and is set to become the first reigning Spanish queen since 1868—should her father not produce a male heir during his reign. Leonor began taking on royal duties in 2018, at the age of 12.
She has made various public speeches since, and recently read a passage from Don Quixote with her sister Princess Sofia via video, paying tribute to frontliners of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The eldest child of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, 14-year-old Prince Christian is second in line to the throne of Denmark. The prince’s birth was celebrated with 21-gun salutes, which were fired from the Sixtus Battery at Holmen, Copenhagen and Kronborg Castle.
Public buses and buildings flew the Danish flag, while beacon bonfires were lit in Denmark as well as Australia. He was granted the title of Count of Monpezat in 2008 by Queen Margethe.
Despite being the youngest of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s five sons, Prince Dipangkorn is the only recognised heir to the throne, from the monarch’s marriage with his third wife, Srirasmi Suwadee.
The relationship ended in divorce in 2014—in part to allegations of corruption towards the former royal consort’s family—leaving Dipangkorn in the king’s care. The 15-year-old prince is currently studying in Munich, Germany.
The youngest child of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah, 15-year-old Prince Hashem is second in line to the throne, after his older brother 25-year-old Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II.
That is likely to change, however, if Al Hussein produces a male heir after marriage. The brothers share a close relationship and the young prince is often photographed alongside Al Hussein on official duties.
Sixteen-year-old Princess Catharina-Amalia is the oldest child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. As the heir apparent to the throne, she holds the title of Princess of Orange, as well as Princess of the Netherlands and Princess of Orange-Nassau.
She will also assume a seat in the Advisory Division of the Council of State of the Netherlands when she turns 18. The princess’s hobbies include horse riding, field hockey, singing and playing the piano.
The daughter of Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon, 16-year-old Princess Ingrid Alexandra is second in line to the throne of Norway and is set to become its second female monarch since the 15th century. The princess confirmed her faith to the Lutheran church in a grand ceremony last year, which was celebrated with the gift of a nature reserve from the Norwegian government.
The teenage royal counts paternal grandfather King Harald V of Norway, maternal grandmother Marit Tjessem, her aunt Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, as well as King Felipe VI of Spain; Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark; and Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden amongst her godparents.
The first child of King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma, 17-year-old Prince Moulay El Hassan is the heir apparent to the crown of Morocco. The prince began appearing at official engagements with his father in 2015 and is passionate about his diplomatic duties.
He was the youngest participant at the One Planet Summit in France in 2017 and is also reportedly interested in studying aviation. He owns a Gulfstream G650 jet, which he travels in. The net worth of his family is estimated to be US$5.7 billion.
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90,000 Spicy details of the divorce of the ex-king of Malaysia from “Miss Moscow” were revealed
“If he knew about this video in the pool, he would never have married”
The former king of Malaysia and the beautiful Oksana Voevodina are going through a difficult divorce after a year of marriage, according to the British media. The ruler of the Malaysian state of Kelantan Muhammad V complained about the “ridiculous” demands of his ex-wife: the Russian model demands a house in London for £ 8 million, an apartment in Moscow for £ 1.2 million and £ 24 thousand.a month for the maintenance of their common child, according to the Daily Mail. The monarch suspects the young wife of treason and does not want to meet with her only son. Despite the refusal to carry out the DNA procedure, the girl is sure of her husband’s paternity: “Wake up! You have a son and you are a father. And no matter what happens to our marriage, I want my son to have both parents. Just think about your child. ”
After an acute break in marriage lasting one year, the ex-wife of the former king of Malaysia (although Muhammad V is no longer the supreme ruler of the federation, he remains the sultan of the Malaysian state of Kelantan, located near the border with Thailand), Miss Moscow 2015 Oksana Voevodina, requires an apartment in Moscow for £ 1.2 million, a house in London for £ 8 million and a son’s upbringing allowance in the amount of £ 24 thousand.per month. This is what the British press says. At the same time, some sources in the Russian media transmit information that the girl herself does not understand the reason for the breakup and emotional cooling on the part of her lover, who left her alone in Moscow in her fourth month of pregnancy.
“Who does she take me for? Bill Gates? ”, – the courtiers say the words of the Malaysian ruler. And a certain source familiar with the situation exclaims about the demands for money for raising a small son: “Is he going to enter Eton next year that she demands so much for a baby?”
The Malaysian royal can hardly be accused of being greedy for her beloved. So, some of the many gifts: a wedding ring from the “diamond king” jeweler Jacob Arabo worth £ 203,000 and a Porsche Cayenne for £ 117,500.
Miss Moscow 2015 Oksana Voevodina married the 49-year-old King of Malaysia Muhammad V at a secret Islamic ceremony in the Malaysian state of Kelantan on June 7 last year. Despite a whirlwind romance, the union was met with skepticism by the king’s entourage, due to the girl’s model past and her candid photos on social networks, because such behavior on the part of the girl is not customary for a conservative Islamic country.Meanwhile, there are rumors that the Russian beauty really fell in love – for the sake of marriage, the girl abandoned her model past, converted to Islam and received a new Muslim name. Meanwhile, she never became a queen – according to the laws of Malaysia, only a native of the country can receive this title.
However, the difference in views played a fatal role in the relationship of the couple. If the Malaysian ruler himself followed the postulate “happiness loves silence,” then his young lover got used to secular life, says the Daily Mail.On Oksana’s initiative, a secret wedding ceremony was followed by a brilliant reception in Barvikha, where the model announced a happy marriage to the world. At the same time, sources close to the royal family claim that the Moscow reception was supposed to take place according to the rules of a closed celebration for relatives and close friends. According to sources, the king was rather uncomfortable when, at the behest of his wife, he became the organizer of a secular party. Moreover, Oksana Voevodina became the first woman in the history of Malaysia to declare herself the wife of the Sultan for the media and her Instagram followers, without waiting for official recognition from the palace.
As it turned out, Muhammad V was not ready for the fact that the modest native of Taganrog had numerous novels before marriage. Soon after the event in Barvikha, provocative publications about the model’s personal life and candid photo shoots began to appear in the media, then it became obvious that the marriage of a conservative ruler, an adherent of Islam, was doomed. Concern in the royal family was caused by the footage of Oksana clutching a glass of champagne with actor Elisey Polishchuk, and a photo with businessman Leonid Zasukhin, and a frank video in the pool on the set of a reality show with a completely different gentleman, according to the British publication.“If he knew about this pool video, he would never have married her. No responsible person will do this. You don’t need to be a sultan to make such a decision, ”said sources close to the monarch.
It is not surprising that the sultan himself suddenly began to doubt his paternity. At first, Muhammad V never introduced his passion to his parents, and then he decided that Oksana was not worthy of becoming a part of a noble family. The Sultan left his wife in Moscow in the fourth month of pregnancy. At the same time, QC told the press that “there is no objective evidence regarding the biological father of the child.”According to the Daily Mail, Oksana twice refused to conduct a DNA test on her son, as she herself was probably not sure that Muhammad V was the biological father of the child. However, the girl seems to have lost the trust of her lover forever, Muhammad V never even looked at the baby. “Irreversible divorce” took place on June 22 this year according to Sharia law. The sultan used the most severe divorce procedure in Islam – he uttered the words “talak” (“divorce”) three times in front of witnesses.
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Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 28092 dated October 4, 2019
Chronicles of a royal divorce
90,000 The former king of Malaysia told how he was disgraced by Oksana Voevodina from Rostov
Oksana Voevodina’s candid statements about her personal life with the ex-king of Malaysia Muhammad V – infuriated the members of the royal family.
Officials of the ruling dynasty remained silent for a long time about the divorce of the former monarch and a woman from Rostov, holder of the title “Miss Moscow”. Only the former king’s lawyer said that he doubted the loyalty of Oksana Voevodina. Those who know the girl consider such statements to be a lie, while the ex-wife herself reported on social networks that the truth about their divorce would hurt everyone. However, she continued to talk on Instagram about their relationship with Muhammad.
She recently revealed who deceived her ex-husband and why it was difficult for the king to trust the girls. The case turned out to be in the ex-wife of the monarch, a Malay by nationality. After the frank post of the Rostovite, a biting response from the royal side appeared. The former king said he regretted marrying the Russian beauty queen because she slandered and dishonored his family, the local newspaper New Straits Times quoted Gazeta.ru as saying.
This statement was made by officials of the Kelantan Palace, adding that information about the personal life of the former king gave rise to a huge number of rumors, causing confusion among the people.The Sultan’s side called the information “slander”.
“His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kelantana regrets the decisions made in his personal life, which led to misunderstandings among the citizens of Malaysia,” the message says.
Muhammad V also believed that the lies on social networks disgraced the country and the royal family, and now the former monarch does not feel well. Citizens were called to pray for his health.
We will remind, the king of Malaysia and the owner of the title “Miss Moscow” got married in November 2018 in Moscow.The wedding was non-alcoholic and according to all the requirements of Islam. Before the wedding, Oksana converted to a new faith and changed her name to Rihanna. After that, nothing was known about the life of the family, except that in January 2019 the Sultan abdicated the throne. Those close to the palace reported that the royal family did not approve of the choice of Muhammad, who was also twice his wife’s age. Oksana was 26 at the time of marriage, and the Sultan was 48 years old. In late spring, the paparazzi took several pictures, which showed that the girl was expecting a baby.
The son of Tengku Ismail Leon Petra Tengku Muhammad V Faris Petra was born at the end of May, and a week after giving birth, Oksana Voevodina restored her Instagram page, where she began to talk about her acquaintance with the Sultan and the health of little Leon, who had managed to endure several dangerous diseases. A month later, it became known that the couple divorced the marriage according to the strictest Sharia law – the former lovers will never be able to be together.
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90,000 The ex-wife of the ex-king of Malaysia Oksana Voevodina complained to the police about the threats – RT in Russian
The Moscow police began an investigation at the request of the ex-wife of the ex-king of Malaysia Muhammad V Oksana Voevodina, who reported the threats.RT was told about this by her representative, human rights activist Ivan Melnikov. According to him, we are talking about the safety of the woman’s son. Voevodina herself told RT that because of the threats she was forced to change her place of residence and now very much hopes for the help of law enforcement agencies.
The owner of the title “Miss Moscow – 2015”, the ex-wife of the ex-king of Malaysia, Oksana Voevodina, turned to the metropolitan police with a statement about the threats coming to her address. As her representative, human rights activist Ivan Melnikov, told RT, in mid-October an unknown woman sent a message to Voevodina’s father and asked for an urgent meeting, justifying this need by the fact that the son of the ex-wife of the king Leon was allegedly in mortal danger.
According to Melnikov, Oksana could not attend the meeting, and instead of her a friend met an unknown person, who recorded the entire conversation.
During the conversation, the woman stated several times that Leon was in mortal danger, and Voevodina could prevent a threat to his life by withdrawing his claim against his ex-spouse to recover alimony and stopping appearances in the media.
“After this conversation, Oksana wrote a statement to the police that, on the basis of Art.144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation, this information was checked, the legality of the actions of this citizen, as well as reports of an impending crime against a minor, ”explained Ivan Melnikov.
An RT source at the Moscow Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate confirmed the fact that Oksana Voevodina had filed a threat statement. According to the interlocutor in the law enforcement agencies, the document was sent to the Internal Affairs Directorate for the Central Administrative District for a pre-investigation check, following which a procedural decision will be made.
The marriage of the then supreme ruler of Malaysia Muhammad V with the owner of the title “Miss Moscow – 2015” Oksana Voevodina became known in the summer of 2018.First, the lovers registered their relationship in the homeland of the groom, and then in the fall they arranged a luxurious wedding in Moscow. The party was held in Barvikha, and the guests were advised to keep everything secret. However, photos from the celebration still leaked to the Internet.
At the ceremony, the girl was dressed in a white fluffy dress, and the groom was dressed in a traditional Malaysian costume. There was no alcohol on the tables, since the ceremony took place according to Muslim traditions.
It was reported that for the sake of this wedding Vojvodina converted to Islam and took the name Rihan.However, she never became queen, because soon after the wedding, Muhammad V abdicated the throne.
The newlyweds stated in the media that the abdication of the throne did not affect their relationship in any way and they are still together. On May 21, 2019 Oksana Voevodina gave birth to a son. The boy was born in a German clinic and received the name Tenku Ismail Leon Petra Bin Tenku Muhammad V Faris Petra.
A month later it became known that Muhammad V and Voevodina filed for divorce and the former king flatly refuses to recognize paternity.
“It all started before my son was born”
“It all started before my son was born. At first, my ex-husband’s personal assistant tried to find out the address of my friend and asked her not to tell me that they asked her about it. Of course, my friend told me everything. On the day my son was born, instead of flowers and congratulations, I received a whole stack of documents, which said that if someone found out about the birth of my son, then my ex-husband would not pay child support.Of course, I didn’t sign any documents, “Voevodina told RT.
According to her, she turned for advice to her friend, who has great authority among the Muslims of Russia.
“He recommended that I announce the birth of an heir on my own and was very worried that if this was not done, then we could be harmed. I followed his advice. After that, I saw my divorce certificate on the Internet. I realized that my son was very much in the way of Kelantan. We don’t know what yet, ”Oksana explained.
The woman added that she and her son are now forced to hide.
“After the next threats from a woman I did not know, I thought for a long time about our safety with Leon and made a decision for myself to move from Moscow to another, more secure, in my opinion, place. What – I, of course, do not intend to divulge. I hope for the help, assistance and protection of our law enforcement agencies and the state. I ask you to check on the fact of incoming threats and take appropriate measures, “Voevodina said to RT.
Why the ex-king of Malaysia could leave Vojvodina
The happy family life of the Russian beauty Oksana Voevodina (Gorbatenko) and the then acting king of Malaysia Muhammad V began to fall apart, barely beginning. Since December 2018, Oksana, aka Rihana, has not seen her husband, moreover, even little Leon, who was born on May 21, has never seen him, reports Teleprogramma.
In Malaysia, not so much is written about the scandal in the family of Muhammad V, because the Sultan’s palace does not share details and does not indulge the media with any statements on this matter.And only Oksana herself, who this spring started a new page on Instagram, periodically issues posts that make the palace of the Kelantan Sultanate resent and refute everything.
The reason for the divorce between the owner of the title “Miss Moscow-2015” and Muhammad V in the palace was called the ex-king’s doubts that he was the father of Oksana’s child. But, perhaps, this is only one of the consequences, but in fact it all started from another.
The “secret” wedding shocked Malaysia
The Russian model and the king of Malaysia, who came to the throne in 2017, met in 2017 in Europe.They began to communicate and soon the monarch, who persuaded her to refuse to continue her modeling career in New York, made Oksana an offer that was impossible to refuse – to become his wife. The wife of a real king.
It is difficult to imagine that a foreigner, and even a representative of a different faith, entered the royal family, and therefore in April 2018 Oksana Voevodina converted to Islam and received the Muslim name Rikhana. Two months later, she and Muhammad V got married according to Muslim traditions.
The girl was already in her fourth month of pregnancy, when she nevertheless persuaded her 49-year-old husband to fulfill her dream and play a real royal wedding in Russia. On November 22, a truly gorgeous wedding reception was held at the Barvikha Concert Hall. As expected, there was no alcohol on it, but there were famous guests, as well as dancers, acrobats, magicians, and singing artists – Timati, Irina Dubtsova and Polina Gagarina.
The party, as the king hoped, would be private and no one in Malaysia would know about it.But suddenly everything did not go according to plan – footage from the holiday leaked to social networks and the media, launching a chain of events that resulted in the separation of Oksana-Rikhana from her husband and the abdication of the monarch from the throne.
Vojvodina: “How can a party with 200 guests be private?”
Ordinary Malays still argue about the wedding and the fact that photos and videos from the event in Moscow became public. They continue to follow this story. Responding to commentators on her Instagram page, Oksana herself assures that at first there was no talk of a “secret” holiday.
– My husband promised to hold an official event, but he said a week before that it should be made private. But how could it be private after 200 people were invited …, complains the failed queen of Malaysia.
People are also surprised by the fact that in Russia the lovers had a wedding, but in Malaysia, which was directly related to the events, there was not even a modest feast on this occasion. Oksana herself claims that the celebration still took place, but it was made closed.
– On June 7, 2018, a reception took place in Malaysia, she writes.
But the people don’t believe. After all, even their Muslim marriage ceremony is confirmed only by the selfie taken by Voevodina.
– There was only a photo of the newlyweds, only one selfie. There were no guests, only them. Imam, two Muslim witnesses, Oksana and Sultan Kelantana, that’s all, no secret wedding. Then she came to Russia, organized a big wedding, and the photographs then got into the press without the knowledge of the Sultan, – writes an unknown commentator and swears that “the information is 100% true.”
The Sultan’s wife herself provoked an interest in her past
Perhaps if our heroine abandoned the idea of celebrating a wedding in the Russian capital, now she could live with her Malaysian husband in love and harmony, and baby Leon would have a father. According to one of the versions, it was the news of the triumph of a truly royal scale that caused the journalists to crawl into Oksana’s past and unearthed her main secret there – the story of her participation in the reality show “Holidays in Mexico”.
If this is true, then it becomes clear why, soon after returning with her husband to Malaysia, pregnant Oksana suddenly flew back to Moscow – it is possible that Muhammad V himself asked her to leave and no longer appear in his eyes.
Decided to destroy the Sultanate of Kelantan?
Meanwhile, during the time spent next to the former Malaysian king, the model managed to get used to a good life. According to Ko Tien Hua’s lawyer, in recent months, her husband has provided her with about $ 20,000 for medical expenses related to pregnancy and other needs.
After parting, she was not abandoned either – the royal palace offered her a decent maintenance only because she would go into the shadows and would not communicate with journalists. But she refused and began to prepare the ground for more serious money. First, she had an Instagram account, which in a short time gained more than half a million subscribers, then she began to tell very interesting details from the life of the Sultan in it. For example, we learned about how they met and that Muhammad V, after his first official marriage, had another one – with a woman from the Czech Republic.
When interest in the person Vojvodina reached its maximum level, the young mother gave an interview to the British edition of the Daily Mail, apparently not for free. By the way, the materials from the wedding did not gather dust on the shelf either. Walk so walk, as they say. With permission from Oksana, the photos and videos were nominated for the “Event of the Year 2018” award and won the “Royal Wedding of the Year” nomination.
Oksana said that since the circumstances are so, she is going to provide for her son herself, in particular, do marketing and do business.However, as one of the publications wrote, she also counts on the help of her ex-husband. Sources close to the sultan claim that she demands from the ex-king almost $ 30,000 a month to support her child, and also wants to get an apartment in Moscow and a house in London worth more than $ 640,000.
Malays, meanwhile, are sure that the Sultan simply does not have such money, and the country simply cannot afford such enormous expenses for the ex-wife of the ex-king.
– If the article says the truth, then understand: you want to get what you want at the expense of all the Kelantans, including those who fully supported you.And, if Leon is in fact the prince of Kelantan, imagine what your son will think of his mother when he grows up …, – citizens of the country appeal to Oksana’s conscience.
Now Oksana lives in a rented apartment in Moscow, drives a Porsche Cayenne car donated by her husband and reappears at beauty contests, however, now as a member of the jury.
Biography of the King of Malaysia Muhammad V – Biographies and information
TASS-DOSSIER. On January 6, 2019, the supreme head (king) of Malaysia, Muhammad V, abdicated the throne.
Muhammad Faris Petra was born on October 6, 1969 in Kota Bharu, the capital of the Malaysian state of Kelantan. Then the sultan of this state was his grandfather – Yahya Petra (reigned in 1960-1979). The father of Muhammad Faris Peter – Ismail Petra – headed Kelantan in 1979-2010.
Educated in the UK, in Oxford, where he graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and the Center for Islamic Studies with a degree in diplomacy (1991).
In May 2009, after Sultan Ismail Petra suffered a stroke, Muhammad Faris Petra, as his successor (since 1985), became regent of the state of Kelantan.Seeking to concentrate power in his hands, in September 2009 he expelled his younger brother Muhammad Fakri Peter from the Royal Council, which includes the heirs of the ruling sultan. In December, Muhammad Fakri Petra filed a complaint against this decision with the Supreme Court of Malaysia, but in January 2010 it was rejected.
On September 13, 2010, when his father was still formally the current head of state, Muhammad Faris Petra was proclaimed the 29th Sultan of Kelantan. He ascended the throne under the name of Muhammad V.Despite Ismail Peter’s appeal to the Malaysian Federal Court to declare the proclamation unconstitutional, as early as October 2010, Muhammad V, as Sultan of Kelantan, took part in the conference of the rulers of Malaysia.
In October 2011, Muhammad V was elected Deputy Supreme Head of Malaysia (Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong), in October 2016 – the Supreme Head (Yang di-Pertuan Agong; elected from among the hereditary rulers heading nine states of the country; performs for the most part representative functions, is the supreme commander of the armed forces).He took office on December 13, 2016. His official coronation ceremony took place on April 24, 2017.
Fluent in English.
In 2004-2010, he was married to a Thai woman named Kangsadan Pipipakdi (after the wedding she was known as Zubaida Norudin). His ex-wife belongs to the royal family of Pattani (the Pattani sultanate existed in the Thai regions of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and the northern part of modern Malaysia in 1516-1902). According to media reports, in November 2018, he married the winner of the Miss Moscow 2015 contest, 25-year-old Russian woman Oksana Voevodina.
He is fond of extreme sports, cross-country endurance races and sports shooting.
90,000 The ex-king of Malaysia said that he regrets the unsuccessful marriage with a Russian woman
The former king of Malaysia, Sultan of Kelantan Muhammad V admitted that he had made mistakes in his personal life.
According to the Daily Mail, the main reason for these regrets was the short marriage of the ex-monarch with the owner of the title “Miss Moscow 2015” Oksana Voevodina .
The Sultan expressed regret that the decisions he made in his private life had thrown the people into confusion and led to discord on social networks. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the appearance on the Internet of his personal photographs and “false information” about his life.
Recall that the marriage of the 49-year-old monarch, ruler of Kelantan and the king of Malaysia, and a 25-year-old Russian beauty model, a graduate of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, took place in November 2018 in the village of Barvikha near Moscow.
During the ceremony, the Supreme Ruler of Malaysia came out to the public in Malaysian national dress, and the bride in Russian dress. After just a month, the newlywed abdicated the throne.
In May 2019, the couple had a son, who was named Tenku Ismail Leon Petra Bin Tenku Muhammad V Faris Petra . Soon after, Vojvodina posted a post on Instagram, in which she expressed the hope that her son would become the crown prince of the state and the future king of Malaysia.
This was the reason for the divorce – the royal family considered this act “indecent” evidence that the Russian woman did not learn the local traditions of succession to the throne. The fact is that in Malaysia, the king, who performs ceremonial functions and is the supreme commander in chief, elects the council of hereditary sultans for a period of five years.
The scandal that erupted eventually led to the couple’s divorce, which was filed on July 1 in a Singapore court. According to the local newspaper The New Straits Times, the Muslim term “talak bain” was used in the divorce certificate, which translates as “irreversible form.”
However, the retired queen Oksana did not seem to have learned anything from the whole scandal – after the divorce, she posted several pictures of Muhammad V on Instagram and claimed that he called the children “the main dream of his life.” This caused an immediate backlash.
“The Palace of Kelantan is deeply outraged and condemns the dissemination on social media of personal photos of His Royal Highness Sultan Muhammad V and all inappropriate posts about his private and personal affairs. The Kelantan Palace strongly denies any untrue and libelous comments that accompanied the photographs, ”the Sultan said in a statement.
Earlier EADaily reported that the Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad questioned the objectivity of the investigation into the Mh27 case.
90,000 Enough: Malaysian nationals ask Rostov native to shut up
Rostov-on-Don, September 8, 2019. DON24.RU. Members of the royal family and subjects of Malaysia are unhappy with the behavior of the ex-wife of the former king of Muhammad V Oksana Voevodina. The reason was the frank stories of the young mother about her personal life, which she began to publish on the social network.
So, in one of the posts, Oksana wrote that her ex-husband finds it difficult to trust women because of the deception of her former lover. Earlier, the young mother wrote that she really wants to put everything in its place and tell what really broke her marriage, but she fears that it may be “too painful.”
Representatives of the ruling dynasty, in response to the woman’s statements, remained silent for a long time, but their patience also came to an end. So, according to the portal “Gazeta.ru”, which refers to the local newspaper New Straits Times, the ex-king said that he regretted marrying the Russian beauty queen.
It also became known that Oksana’s publications caused the spread of rumors and indignation of the people. Because of this, Muhammad V was worried and did not feel well.
Even subscribers are trying to pacify the ex-wife of the abdicated king. So, after her posts, the user under the nickname imrandnl asked: “… that’s enough. Dear Madam Rihana Petra, I respect you as the wife of my king … However, please, with all due respect, do not share unnecessary things … Please show respect to our royal families. “
“You said you loved him. Now you are revealing personal information that he said in confidence because he trusted … Where is your respect for the man you call the father of your son? Makes you wonder what your true intentions are. Is it really to share your love story or to tarnish the good name of our head of state? ” – asked katrinakatz96.
As a reminder, a native of Rostov, Oksana Voevodina, who received the Miss Moscow title in 2015, became the wife of the King of Malaysia in October 2018.Soon after the marriage, Muhammad V abdicated the throne. In the spring of this year, the couple had a son, but the young mother who converted to Islam returned to Moscow with him – her husband divorced her and reconciliation is impossible. Some time ago, the child suffered a serious illness, because of which the mother had to cancel her vacation abroad.