Sarah, Crown Princess of Brunei

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Sarah binti Salleh Abrahaman
Crown Princess of Brunei
Pengiran Anak Sarah army cadet.png
Pengiran Anak Sarah in her army cadets uniform in 2009
Born (1987-04-09) 9 April 1987 (age 31)
Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Al-Muhtadee Billah (m. 2004)
Issue Pengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim
Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah
Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman
Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa' Raihaanul Bolkiah
Full name
Sarah binti Salleh Ab-Rahaman
House House of Bolkiah
Father Pengiran Salleh Ab-Rahaman
Mother Dayang Rinawaty Abdullah
Religion Sunni Islam
Bruneian royal family
Personal Emblem of the Sultan of Brunei.svg

HM The Sultan
HM The Queen

Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah (Jawi: ڤڠيرن انق استري ڤڠيرن انق ساراه) (born 9 April 1987) is the wife of the Crown Prince of Brunei, Al-Muhtadee Billah. As the daughter of a distant member of the royal family, she was regarded as a commoner. While attending a pre-university course at 17, she married the Crown Prince. The couple have four children.

Early life

She was born Dayangku Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Bandar Seri Begawan, as the third child and only daughter of Pengiran Salleh Abdul Rahaman Pengiran Damit and Dayang Rinawaty Abdullah (née Suzanne Aeby). Her father (born 1 June 1950) is a distant member of the royal family and worked as the chief laboratory assistant at the Water Services Division in the Public Works Department. Her mother (born 3 March 1954 in Fribourg, Switzerland) is a nurse who worked in Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.[1] Her parents met in the United Kingdom in the 1970s while studying.[2]

Her two elder brothers are Awangku Irwan and Awangku Adrian.[3]

Pengiran Anak Sarah attended St. Andrew's School from 1993 to 1998, and then Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, where she passed her O-levels in 2003. Al-Muhtadee Billah is also an alumnus of both schools. She pursued her pre-university education in the same college.[1]

She enjoys music, classical and modern theatre.[3]

Marriage and children

On 9 September 2004, while still attending Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, she married 30-year-old Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, at Istana Nurul Iman. The ceremony, dubbed the "Asian wedding of the year," was attended by dignitaries including members of foreign royal families and heads of government.[2][4] After the bersanding ceremony, the royal couple were driven in a gold open-topped Rolls-Royce across Bandar Seri Begawan, where they were greeted by crowds lining the streets.[4]

On 17 March 2007, Pengiran Anak Sarah gave birth to the couple's first child and future heir, Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim, at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.[5] A daughter, Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul, was born on 2 January 2011,[6] and a second son Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman born on 7 June 2015.[7] Their fourth child and second daughter, Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa Raihaanul was born on 15:54, 1 December 2017.


She enrolled at University of Brunei Darussalam, where she graduated with first class honours in October 2010. Brunei Princess receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Administration. She was a member of the university's army cadets and was a top-scorer on the university's netball team.[8]

Titles and styles

Malay language styles

Styles of
The Crown Princess of Brunei
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Reference style Duli Yang Teramat Mulia
Spoken style Your Royal Highness

Crown Princess Sarah's style and title in full is:
Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Abdul Rahaman.[fn 1][6][8]

which means
  • Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri : Her Royal Highness
  • Pengiran Anak Isteri : Consort Princess, consort of a son of the Sultan
  • Pengiran Anak : Princess (descendant in the male line of a Sultan & married to a descendant in the male line)
  • binti : daughter of
  • Pangiran (or Pengiran): title of married male descendants in the male line of a Sultan

While still a bachelor :
- Dayangku Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh

which means
  • Dayangku : title used for unmarried daughters of a Pangiran (retained after marriage if the husband is a commoner) - female equivalent of Y.M. Awangku


She was awarded:[10]

National Honours

  • BRU Family Order of Brunei 1st Class.svg Senior (Laila Utama) of the Most Esteemed Family Order of Brunei (DK I, 15 July 2005)[11]
  • Sultan's Golden Jubilee Medal (2017).jpg Sultan of Brunei Golden Jubilee Medal (5 October 2017).

Foreign Honours


  1. ^ She is referred to by state media and English language publications in Brunei as the wife of the Crown Prince, but not Crown Princess. The style Pengiran Anak Isteri is given to wives of princes.


  1. ^ a b "Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Sarah". Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Guests arrive for Brunei crown prince's wedding". China Daily. 9 September 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2004.
  3. ^ a b Brunei Resources
  4. ^ a b Kent, Jonathan (9 September 2004). "Brunei's future king gets married". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Brunei Hails Birth of New Prince". BruneiDirect. 18 March 2007. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 20 March 2007.
  6. ^ a b "His Majesty has named His Majesty's grand-daughter". Radio Television Brunei. 2 January 2011. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  7. ^ "His Majesty names royal grandson". Borneo Bulletin. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b Thien, Rachel; Ubaidullah Masli (1 October 2010). "Princess Sarah gets First Class Honours". The Brunei Times. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  9. ^ a b Royal Ark, Brunei - Style and glossary
  10. ^ The Royal Ark, Brunei genealogical details
  11. ^ Heir Couple of Brunei, Photo with State decorations[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Annadellorusso

External links

  • Fribourg
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