Bandar Seri Begawan - Philippine President Benigno S Aquino III, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen are among the regional leaders who will be in the country to attend t he royal wedding of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, with Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini but Pengiran Dr Hj Mohd Yakub.
The Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam yesterday confirmed that President Benigno S Aquino III, who last visited the Sultanate in June 2011, would be here along with the Philippines' Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, four key officials, two cabinet secretaries and chief of presidential protocol. This will be Aquino's second trip to Brunei Darussalam.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his spouse, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, will also be here at the invitation of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Bernama reported.
The Cambodian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam also confirmed yesterday that Hun Sen would be arriving in the country today. He will be leading a seven-member delegation who will be here till Monday.
During the 'Istiadat Bersanding Diraja', both the bride and groom in their traditional attire will be seated together at Istana Nurul Iman tomorrow, which is scheduled to start at around 10am. At night, there will be a Royal Banquet at Istana Nurul Iman.
The week-long Celebration will end this Tuesday with thanksgiving prayers and closing of 'Gendang Jaga-Jaga' both at the residences of the bride at Istana Nurul Iman and the groom in Jalan Permaisuara, Kampong Beribi.
Besides the elaborate pre-wedding ceremonies throughout the week, nightly vigils and religious events are also held at Istana Nurul Iman and in Kg Beribi.
Nightly stage shows are also being held at the BSB Waterfront and in front of the Royal Regalia Building in the capital. There are also street stalls around the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien. The royal wedding has also attracted foreign media attention including the Daily Mail UK, The Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin