10 August, 1998, corresponding to 17 Rabiulakhir, 1419 Hijriah in the Islamic Calendar was a historic event for Brunei Darussalam. The date marked the Royal Proclamation of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah as the Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam. The Proclamation puts His Royal Highness in line to become the 30th Sultan of Brunei.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah was born on 17 February, 1974 corresponding to 24 Muharram 1394 Hijriah of the Islamic calendar. The Prince was the third child of His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muízzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha.
Throughout his academic life, His Royal Highness was not only industrious in his academic studies and extra-curricular activities but was also equally diligent and devoted much time and attention to his religious education, Islamic and welfare matters. In 1988, The Prince completed the reading of the Holy Quran (Khatamal Quran) and the 'surah-surah Lazim'.
The Prince's education began early in life, at the Putera-Puteri (Prince-Princess) School at the Istana (Palace) Darul Hana. Subsequently, His Royal Highness progressed through the Brunei Junior Certificate (1988) and the 'O' level examination of the General Certificate of Education (Cambridge) in 1991 and 'A' level examination of the General Certificate of Education (Cambridge) in 1994. In 1995, the Prince attended a course of tutorials at the University of Brunei Darussalam and at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, United Kingdom.
In preparing to become the future leader and head of the country, the Prince has been on attachments to the various government agencies as well as to a leading member of the private sector, namely the Public Service Department; Public Service Commission; Immigration Department; Labour Department; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Communications; Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; Ministry of Religious Affairs; and Datastream Technology Communications or better known as DST, a mobile phone company. The attachments are designed to give His Royal Highness the widest possible exposure to the country's workings.
On 9th September 2004, His royal Highness married Dayangku Sarah in a grand ceremony attended by many Heads of States and Governments. Dayangku Sarah is born to a Brunei father and Swiss mother. She now holds the title Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Sarah or in short Princess Sarah, the consort to the Crown Princess.[Her profile]
Royal Wedding Songs
The Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince to Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah (then Dayangku Sarah) in August 2004 inspired a number of songs which were played regularly on the local media. The compact disc compiling all the songs were released soon after the wedding.
The songs released in the album entitled "Semarak Kasih" are as follows:-