Prince Abdul Mateen of Brunei married Yang Mulia Anisha Rosnah during a ceremony lasting ten days – the BBC describes on Sunday. About five thousand guests were invited to the ceremony. Crowds also cheered for the couple on the streets of the country’s capital.
In December last year, the popular Internet prince of Brunei, Abdul Mateen, announced his engagement to Yang Mulia Anisha Rosnah. The information surprised many fans of the man, previously considered one of the most attractive bachelors in Asia.
The bride is the granddaughter of an advisor to Brunei’s leader Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. According to reports, she owns a fashion and tourism company.
During Sunday’s culminating part of the ceremony at the Istana Nurul Iman Palace, 32-year-old Prince Abdul Mateen was dressed in a ceremonial uniform, and his 29-year-old fiancée wore a long white dress and jewels.
The approximately five thousand wedding guests invited included members royal families from Saudi Arabia and Jordanas well as the president Indonesia Joko Widodo and the leader Philippines Ferdinand Marcos Junior.
The couple made their first public appearance as a married couple while driving through the streets of the country’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawa. They then waved to thousands of cheering people from the back of a Rolls Royce.
Local teacher Norliha Mohamad told the AFP news agency that the chance to see the royal couple live was a “once in a lifetime moment.”
“2024 starts with a broken heart”
Prince Mateen has a presence on social media, with over 2.5 million followers on Instagram and thousands more on TikTok. The photo of him standing with his fiancée on New Year’s Eve caused a lot of emotion among his fans.
“2024 starts with a broken heart,” reads one of the comments under the photo. Another follower jokingly called him an “international heartthrob.” Many people also expressed their joy that the prince they liked so much would get married.
His other posts on social media, showing the prince during official ceremonies and other activities, always attract many favorable comments – writes the BBC.
10-day wedding of the Sultan’s 10th child
Brunei is a small but oil-rich country. Prince Mateen is the tenth child of the sultan, the world’s longest-reigning monarch and one of the richest. The prince has no claim to direct succession to the throne, but his position has increased enormously.
There are plenty of videos online showing Abdul Mateen attending royal receptions, playing polo matches and wearing a military uniform.
The wedding celebrations began on January 7, and the entire ceremony will last 10 days. The culminating day was Sunday. On Wednesday, an Islamic ceremony took place which formalized the prince’s marriage. Only men participated in it.
Main photo source: PAP/EPA/RUDOLF PORTILLO