The first royal wedding of 2024 has come to a close, and what a spectacle it was. Once named Asia’s most eligible bachelor, Brunei’s HRH Prince Abdul Mateen is officially off the market after he wed Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Anisha Rosnah Binti Adam in an opulent 10-day ceremony and countrywide celebrations.
Though Prince Abdul Mateen is fourth in the line of succession, his charming personality and handsome demeanour have propelled him to prominence, especially on social media, where he has amassed millions of Instagram followers.
The Brunei Royal Wedding Day
While every moment in this royal Brunei wedding was significant, January 14, the eighth day of the 10-day ceremony, was a particularly poignant day and brought the entirety of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei’s capital city, to a halt as the official wedding reception commenced. Attended by royals from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and beyond, the ceremony had an official guest list that spanned over 5,000 people. In the golden hall of Istana Nurul Iman, the married couple made their first public appearance, waving at the thousands who gathered to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
Oozing elegance, the royal couple continued their commitment to gracious style on their wedding day. The prince wore his impressively decorated military uniform to the occasion, making a statement of commitment to his lineage and nation, while the new princess wore a creamy velvet gown embellished with dainty crystals and paired with a floor-length veil.
Their refined taste continued outside the venue as well, as the newlyweds entered their open-top Rolls-Royce and embarked on a drive to meet onlookers and well-wishers.
10 Days Of Opulence And Tradition
The entire wedding comprised 10 days of celebrations, including the Khatam Qur’an pre-wedding event and the Majlis Istiadat Berbedak, a ceremony that invites the friends and family of the bride and groom to bless them, and, of course, the vibrant parade.
Meanwhile, day five was an occasion for the men, when the marriage was officially solemnised at the all-male ceremony in the imperial Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. There, Prince Abdul Mateen kissed the hand of his father, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, to conclude the event as a married man.
All in all, it was a wedding for the books. Congratulations to the happy couple!
This article first appeared on GRAZIA International.