HRH Princess Zarith Sofia, the Sultanah of Johor, with her daughter, Her Highness Princess Aminah, the Tunku Tun of Johor.
HRH Princess Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, the Sultanah of Johor, graced the 4th Berjaya Founder’s Day Celebration at the Berjaya Times Square on 22rd February 2014. Sultan of Johor’s daughter, Her Highness Princess Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, the Tunku Tun Johor, was in attendance.
HRH Sultan Sharaffudin Idris of Selangor and HRH Sultanah of Pahang were also present.
Happy Birthday to Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan (皇太子徳仁親王, Kōtaishi Naruhito Shinnō, born 23 February 1960).
Japan’s royal family pose for an unusual New Year photo
Japan’s royal family – the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world – has taken the unusual step of issuing a family photograph to celebrate the New Year.
The formal family photo shows Emperor Akihito, 80, and his wife Empress Michiko, 79, surrounded by their two sons, their wives, and the four grandchildren.
In a more relaxed image, also released yesterday, the Emperor and Empress are seen explaining a document to their kneeling seven-year-old grandson, Prince Hisahito – who will one day be emperor. Behind them their granddaughters Princess Mako, 22, and Princess Kako, 19 – both daughters of Prince Akishino and his wife – chat with their 12-year-old cousin Aiko, Princess Toshi.
Princess Aiko’s father, Crown Prince Naruhito, will inherit the Chrysanthemum Throne on the death of his father.
It was not clear why the photo - taken in November - had been released. But some suggested the image could have been designed to emphasise the unity and modernity of the ancient ruling family.
Japan’s royal family – unlike their European counterparts – have been slow to embrace their demands of modern royalty – rarely addressing the public, and seemingly reluctant to engage with their subjects.
The Emperor has made attempts to remedy this - addressing the public on television for the first time after the March 2011 earthquake and resulting Fukushima disaster, and visiting an emergency shelter.
Yet much of their lives are veiled in secrecy, and the Emperor’s father Hirahito was the country’s first ever monarch to travel abroad.
He did however allow his son, the current emperor Akihito, to marry a commoner – breaking with a 1,500-year-old tradition.
But Princess Masako, the Oxford and Harvard-educated wife of the Crown Prince, suffered from a stress-induced form of depression – seen as a reaction against the confines of royal life.
She has been absent for many royal functions over the past decade, thus accumulating little experience for her future role as empress.
The youngest generation, however, is seen as more open to modernity, with Princess Mako studying in 2012 at Edinburgh University and her younger sister, Kako, at Trinity College, Dublin.
HRH Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah, HRH Crown Princess Sarah, HRH Prince Abdul Muntaqim and HRH Princess Muneerah arrived at Johor International Airport last month for a visit to their Royal Army Camp. Also present at the airport was HRH Crown Prince Ismail of Johor and HH Prince Abdul Rahman of Johor.
Their Royal Highnesses use Rolls Royce Phantom as mean of transport that belongs to HRH Sultan Ibrahim.
2013 Kembara Mahkota Johor (Johor Royal Entourage) - an annual event where the Royal Family travels to different parts of Johor by motorcycles. HRH Sultan of Johor is known to have a HUGE car and motorcycle collection. This year, HRH Sultan travels in a tiger-striped high power motorcycle.
First photo: Little boy is HH Prince Abu Bakar, youngest son of HRH Sultan of Johor.
Kembara Mahkota Johor (Johor Royal Entourage) is an annual event that started 8 years ago, it last for several days and it is a way for the Johor Royal Family to interact with the people of Johor.
This is one of the footages taken from the Kembara Mahkota Johor last year. HRH Sultan Ibrahim of Johor along with HRH Crown Prince of Johor and Prince Abdul Rahman witnesses the people armwrestle and then later, HRH Sultan armwrestles with his son, HH Tunku Panglima of Johor, Prince Abdul Rahman.
In the video, Prince Abdul Rahman went soft on his father when armwrestling which is why HRH Sultan said: “Buat betul betul sikit!" (Translation: "Do it (Wrestle) properly!") And when Prince Abdul Rahman let his father win, HRH said "Dia lembik!” (Translation: “He’s weak!”)
Hahaa I love how witty Sultan of Johor is!
2013 Edition of Kembara Mahkota Johor (Johor Royal Entourage)
The annual event of Kembara Mahkota Johor (Johor Royal Entourage) has make it into its 2013 edition. This year entourage was the 8th edition since its inception by His Royal Highness Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar in 2001, who at that time was the Tunku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Johor. In 2013 edition, the Royal Entourage travelling thorough out the 10 districts in the State of Johor covering a distance of 1,100km. The entourage started on 24th August 2013 and ended on 27th August 2013.
In this year edition, the Sultan traveled using his famous tiger-stripes high powered motorcycle. The Royal Entourage also incomplete without the participation of the princes and princess of His Royal Highness Sultan Ibrahim and also his consort, Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofia. It is also safe to say, among all Malay royal families in the region, the Johor Royal Family is the most photograph and well-known.
Kembara Mahkota Johor is a way for the Johor Royal Family to interact to the people of Johor.
Johor Royal Family
Love this video! Behind the scenes video from their casual family photoshoot in Pasir Pelangi Palace. Really shows how normal and humble the family is!
Video includes: HRH Sultan Ibrahim of Johor and his wife, the Queen Consort, Princess Zarith Sofia and their children:
HRH Crown Prince Ismail of Johor
HH Princess Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah
HH Prince Idris
HH Prince Abdul Jalil
HH Prince Abdul Rahman Hassanal-Jefri
HH Prince Abu Bakar