SUNDAY 3 JUNE WAS INDEED A HISTORIC DAY AS IT WAS THE FIRST TIME AN AFTERNOON ROYAL TEA PARTY WAS HELD IN THE GARDENS OF THE NEW ISTANA NEGARA.
The new National Palace at Jalan Duta was occupied formally by the 14th King and Queen in November 2011 last year when the Sultan of Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah became King for the second time. His first reign as the 5th King of Malaysia was from 1970 to 1975 when he was yang Di Pertuan Agong with his first consort Sultanah Bahiyah who passed away in 2003.
Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah married the present Queen in 1975 and she ascended the throne as Sultanah Kedah on 9 January 2004. Before her enthronement she was styled as Che Puan Kedah.
So Sultan Abdul Halim Shah of Kedah became King twice and with 2 different Queens!
His Majesty the King of Malaysia Serin Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong and Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong bidding farewell as they left the tea party
The rakyat clamouring to wish Happy Birthday to their monarch
The King being mobbed by well wishers and adoring subjects
At 84 His Majesty looked fit as a fiddle
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor greeting Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Jason Goh as she made her way out with their Majesties
Their royal carriage awaits in the form of a Maybach
A car worthy of the King of Malaysia. When the Sultan of Kedah became King of Malaysia in 1975, he took a train down from Alor Star to Kuala Lumpur. This time, 30,000 Kedahans thronged the road to Alor Star Airport to bid him farewell for 5 years
The Queen saying goodbye to her subjects before entering the Maybach
His Majesty enters the Maybach
His Majesty entering the car
I love the rock star outfits of the outriders!
Datin Seri Rosmah Mandor saying farewell to The King
Meanwhile the peasants were having a gala time posing next to the thrones which were recently vacated by the King and Queen
Of course out of respect to their monarchs, no one dared sit on the chairs and just stood next to them reverentially. However the table was stripped bare of flowers!