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The daughter of the Sultan of Brunei was married in a lavish week-long affair that culminated yesterday with an opulent ceremony at the royal palace.

Princess Fadzillah Lubabul, 36, the daughter of billionaire Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 75, one of the world’s richest men, and his second wife, Mariam Abdul Aziz, a former flight attendant, married Awang Abdullah Nabil Mahmoud Al- Hashimi in spectacular fashion.

Kingston University graduate Princess Fadzillah, the ninth of the sultan’s 12 children, is captain of the Brunei national netball team and a health activist who stays largely out of the spotlight.

The same goes for her mysterious new husband, who is described by a local tabloid as a “handsome foreigner” but otherwise remains a private figure.

Princess Fadzillah Lubabul, 36, the daughter of billionaire Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 75, one of the world's richest men, and his second wife, Mariam Abdul Aziz, a former flight attendant, married Awang Abdullah Nabil Mahmoud Al- Hashimi in spectacular fashion.

Princess Fadzillah Lubabul, 36, the daughter of billionaire Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 75, one of the world’s richest men, and his second wife, Mariam Abdul Aziz, a former flight attendant, married Awang Abdullah Nabil Mahmoud Al- Hashimi in spectacular fashion.

The bride and groom, pictured center in their wedding finery, joined the Sultan (second from left) and his first wife, Queen Saleha (in blue) at their wedding yesterday.

The bride and groom, pictured center in their wedding finery, joined the Sultan (second from left) and his first wife, Queen Saleha (in blue) at their wedding yesterday.

The bride and groom looked exquisite in matching white and silver brocade ensembles embellished with diamonds.  In the photo, with the bride's brother, Prince Mateen.

The bride and groom looked exquisite in matching white and silver brocade ensembles embellished with diamonds. In the photo, with the bride’s brother, Prince Mateen.

Their engagement was announced in a palace statement on December 31.

The wedding festivities began on January 16 with a ceremony in which the Sultan formally gave his blessing to the couple. The religious part of the marriage took place last Thursday.

At the ceremony, held at the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, the groom pronounced his vows in front of an all-male group of attendees, including the sultan, who acted as his daughter’s representative at the wedding. The ceremony was marked with a 17-gun salute.

Yesterday, the celebrations continued with the Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja ceremony in a grand golden hall of the royal palace.

The bride was supported at the ceremony by her parents and her brother, Prince Mateen, 30, a soldier and social media star with more than 2 million followers on Instagram.

They also have a sister, Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah, 37, and a brother, Prince Azim, who died in 2020 aged 38.

Princess Fadzillah studied at Kingston University, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. In 2015, the princess earned her MBA from Hult International Business School.

The wedding festivities began on January 16 with a ceremony in which the Sultan formally gave his blessing to the couple.  The Gunpowder Festival followed, above

The wedding festivities began on January 16 with a ceremony in which the Sultan formally gave his blessing to the couple. The Gunpowder Festival followed, above

The religious part of the marriage took place last Thursday.  At the ceremony, held at the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, the groom (above) pronounced his vows in front of all male attendees, including the sultan, who acted as his daughter's proxy at the wedding.

The religious part of the marriage took place last Thursday. At the ceremony, held at the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, the groom (above) pronounced his vows in front of all male attendees, including the sultan, who acted as his daughter’s proxy at the wedding.

She has made a name for herself as captain of the national netball team, leading Brunei in international competition. He has also campaigned for more medical care and participates in charity polo matches.

The bride and groom looked exquisite in matching white and silver brocade ensembles embellished with diamonds.

The bride covered her hair with a delicate piece of white lace, topped with a shimmering tiara.

Prince Mateen celebrated his sister’s wedding on Instagram, writing, “Congratulations to the newlyweds.” I am so happy for both of you. A big love for my beautiful sister.

The Sultan of Brunei, who has an estimated net worth of $20 billion, is also the country’s prime minister, giving him full control of how the country is run.

He ascended the throne in 1967 after the abdication of his father, Sultan Sir Haji Omar Ali Saifuddin, and that same year he married his first wife, Queen Saleha.

The couple, who share six children, including Al-Muhtadee Billah, remain married, although the sultan has married and divorced two other women in the intervening years.

The newlywed Princess Fadzillah is the product of his marriage to his second wife, Mariam Abdul Aziz, a former flight attendant of Brunei, Japanese and Scottish descent.

Yesterday, the celebrations continued with the Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja ceremony in a grand golden hall of the royal palace.  In the image, the bride greeting the sultan.

Yesterday, the celebrations continued with the Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja ceremony in a grand golden hall of the royal palace. In the image, the bride greeting the sultan.

The bride, pictured greeting a member of the royal family, looked gorgeous yesterday in white.

The bride, pictured greeting a member of the royal family, looked gorgeous yesterday in white.

The bride and groom greet the sultan and his first wife.  He has married and divorced two other women, including the mother of the bride, during the course of their marriage.

The bride and groom greet the sultan and his first wife. He has married and divorced two other women, including the mother of the bride, during the course of their marriage.

The couple married in 1982 and divorced in 2003. In 2020, they came together to mourn the loss of their son, Prince Azim, who died in the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan after being hospitalized for an unknown illness.

Known as a member of the international jet-set, Azim was often depicted rubbing elbows with celebrities at lavish parties in Europe and the United States.

Fantastically wealthy, Azim’s net worth was estimated at $5 billion at the time of his death, according to Media, Entertainment and Arts Worldwide.

Michael Jackson, Pamela Anderson and Joan Collins have been photographed with the prince over the years, including at his 30th birthday party.

Other famous friends included Mischa Barton and Scarlett Johansson.

The bride was supported at the ceremony by her parents and her brother, Prince Mateen, 30, a soldier and social media star with more than 2 million followers on Instagram.  In the image, Prince Mateen in an Instagram snapshot

The bride was supported at the ceremony by her parents and her brother, Prince Mateen, 30, a soldier and social media star with more than 2 million followers on Instagram. In the image, Prince Mateen in an Instagram snapshot

Prince Azim and Mischa Barton

Prince Azim and Scarlett Johansson

His older brother Prince Azim, the 38-year-old son of the Sultan of Brunei (pictured with Mischa Barton, left, and Scarlett Johansson, right) died in 2020 at the age of 38.

Azim also formed a friendship with the late reality star Jade Goody, who once described him as a “brilliant sidekick,” after seeing her on Celebrity Big Brother.

The couple was photographed partying together in 2007. “He wanted to meet me, we met and hit it off like a house on fire,” Jade said at the time.

Azim also hosted parties attended by various gay and transgender rights advocates, including Caitlyn Jenner, Mariah Carey, and skier Gus Kenworthy.

Azim’s outspoken support of the LGBT community sparked rumors that he too was gay, although he never spoke openly about his sexuality.

His stance drew particular attention in 2019, when his father, Hassanal Bolkiah, announced a new law that could have put gay people to death.

The rule prohibited gay sex, which had to be independently witnessed to secure a conviction.

Bolkiah said at the time that the law was part of a push for “stronger” Islamic teachings in his small Australasian nation, located on the island of Borneo.

But after international outcry, Bolkiah ruled that Brunei’s moratorium on the death penalty should be extended to the new law.

It means that while the penalty for gay sex officially remains death by stoning, the sultan has agreed not to use it. Brunei has not hosted a public execution since 1957.


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