SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH
SULTAN DAN YANG DI-PERTUAN NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan is Supreme
Executive Authority in Brunei Darussalam. In performing his duty His Majesty
is assisted by the following Councils: the Religious Council, the Privy
Council, the Council of Cabinet Ministers and the Council of Succession;
and in addition, the Legislature.
His Majesty was born on July 15, 1946 in
Brunei Town (now Bandar Seri Begawan).
His Majesty had his early education in
Brunei Darussalam and then went to Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, to further his studies. His Majesty was trained as an Officer
at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (United Kingdom) in 1966-67.
His Majesty was installed as The Crown Prince in 1961 at the age of 15. Following the voluntary abdication of his late Father, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa adul Khairi Waddien, His Majesty was installed as the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan on 5th October 1967.
His Majesty was crowned as the 29th Sultan
and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei In 1978, His Majesty led a Mission to London
for discussions with Her Britannic Majesty's Government on the change of
status of Brunei Darussalam to that of a sovereign, independent state.
The outcome was the Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation between Brunei
Darussalam and Great Britain under which the British Government relinquished
its responsibilities for the conduct of Brunei Darussalam's Foreign Affairs
and Defence on 1st January 1984.
His Majesty is married to Her Majesty the
Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajjah Saleha and Her Royal Highness Pengiran
Isteri Hajjah Mariam. He has four sons and six daughters.
His Majesty is a keen Polo Player. He also
plays Squash and Badminton. His Majesty is a qualified helicopter pilot.
Sovereign and Chief of the Family Order
of the Crown of Brunei DKMB.
Istana Nurul Iman, Jalan Tutong, Bandar
Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
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