Malaysian princess marries Dutchman in lavish ceremony

The daughter of one of Malaysia’s most powerful sultans married her Dutch fiance in a tradition-filled ceremony during a day of lavish celebrations.

Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim, 31, the only daughter of the Sultan of Johor, tied the knot with Dennis Muhammad Abdullah, 28, capping a romance of over three years.

The Dutchman, who has converted to Islam, and the princess wed according to Muslim Malay custom at the Serene Hill Palace, the royal family’s residence in the southern city of Johor Bahru. The private ceremony was attended by close family and friends.

The groom wore traditional white Malay wedding attire and the bride wore a white dress, with Dennis Muhammad placing the ring on his bride’s finger in a special room of the palace and offering a dowry of around $5, in line with centuries-old local customs.

The ceremony in the throne room of the Grand Palace was also attended by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds made their first public appearance as a couple on the palace steps, smiling and waving to around 1,200 reception guests assembled in the garden.

Malaysia has a unique arrangement in which the throne of the Muslim-majority country changes after every five years between the rulers of the nine states which are still headed by Islamic royalty.

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