40th Anniversary of the Coronation Day
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei today but nope, there are no celebration to commemorate the event. I found out that the Postal Services Department has released stamps and first day cover in conjunction with the event as from today. The department is also selling two miniature sheets in two weeks time. I also heard that order forms for these collector’s items have been distributed earlier.
Some interesting facts about the Brunei’s Crown, if I may quote, from the Brunei Times:
The first Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Muhammad Syah was presented with a crown when he took one of Johor’s princesses as a wife in 1368.
- During the reign of the third Sultan, Sultan Sharif Ali (1425 – 1432), he redesigned the crown by incorporating a turban shape and added an upturned diadem, believed to indicate Islamic influences.
- During the country’s civil war around 1670s, the original crown was thrown to the sea near Pulau Chermin (in Brunei Bay) after the defeat of Sultan Abdul Haqqul Mubin.
- A new one was made in 1673 by the new Sultan, Sultan Muhyiddin.
- Another crown-throwing to the sea happened in 1846 at another civil war.
- The late Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien (the current Sultan’s father) literally brought back the crown from the depth of the sea. Based on old palace documents and sketches, he drew a design of the crown himself.
- The crown is made of gold and studded with precious jewels.
If you would like to read the rest of the article, grab a copy of Brunei Times today. I checked the paper’s online version, its not there yet as I type, else I will give you a link. Will try later.
Our Mr Daily Brunei Resources also wrote on the history of the coronation back in 1968. Very interesting. Now, I just couldn’t find why 1 August 1968 was chosen as the Coronation Date. A quick conversion to the Islamic date revealed that it corresponded to the 6 Jamadilawal 1388. I don’t know if the sixth day meant anything to the Bruneian Malays as some are superstitious about numbers and dates.