THE 88TH BIRTHDAY OF THE 10TH QUEEN OF MALAYSIA WAS HELD AT SHANGRI-LA KUALA LUMPUR ON 31 AUGUST 2012 WHICH WAS FRIDAY ALTHOUGH THE ACTUAL BIRTHDAY OF HRH DYMM TUNKU AMPUAN NEGERI SEMBILAN TUANKU NAJIHAH TUNKU BESAR BURHANUDDIN IS 11 SEPTEMBER.
HRH Tunku Ampuan Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Najihah Tunku Besar Burhanuddin surrounded by her family and hosts Datuk Seri Lim Huah Leong, Datin Seri Wendy Lim, Dato Lim Boo Keang and Dato Lim Boo Kian.
The royal Birthday Queen admiring Shangri-La's cake before cutting it
Emcee Bernie Chan invited Datuk Seri Lim Huah Leong on stage for the welcome speech after everyone had seated.
However, it was a distinctively feminine figure who climbed the steps to the rostrum. It was Lim Ai San, the beautiful daughter of Datuk Seri Lim Huah Leong who was wearing Fleur bra and pantie under her elegant gown. This I know for a fact as she owns Fleur the negligee and lingerie boutique at The Gardens at MidValley! So I will be stunned speechless if Lim Ai San was not wearing Fleur undergarments. I wentt to Fleur boutique for its official opening and am impressed by the sexy negligee.
I think all women should wear Fleur which also offers undergarments and corsets that flatten and tighten your tummy area so the more you use the more svelte you become! She even attributes her stunning new slim figure to Fleur which can make the wearer lose weight---I am off to Fleur tomorrow once I upload this post! A V-shape is what I need and an hourglass figure is what women need!
She explained, "Yes I am not Datuk Seri Lim Huah Leong. I was sent here by my father because he said, 'I am from the School of Hard Knocks' therefore my English is posh enough'. However he promised he will make his speech in 2 years' time when DYMM Tuanku Najihah celebrates her 90th birthday!
"My father insists I must point out though the invitation card states his name and my mother's name, the masterminds and behind tonight's celebration are the grandchildren of Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Najihah and my father's children.
"We were given 3 weeks to co-ordinate this among ourselves. Initially we were supposed to organise and perform on stage but we managed to convince our parents those who organised should be exempted from performing!
"I wish to thank the Organising Committee Tunku Jamie, Tunku Myra, Tunku Eddie, my brothers Dato Lim Boo Kian and Dato Lim Boo Keong and of course myself. I also wish to thank all our parents for trusting us and to Tunku Dara Tan Sri Tunku Naquiah for her advice.
"We are gathered here to celebrate the 88th birthday of a wonderful and charming lady, a marvellous woman who cares dearly for her family, friends and subjects and we hope Duli Yang Maha Mulia will have a most memorable evening. Thank you for coming!"
Short, sweet and meaningful!
After the Men in Black finished performing, Yang Teramant Mulia Tunku Laksamana Tunku Naquiyuddin, the eldest son of Tunku Ampuan Negeri Sembilan went on stage to thank the performers who sang golden oldies.
"This is their best performance in 10 years! Can you believe they were all born after The Beatles?
"Did you know Tuanku Najihah as golfer has scored not once but three holes-in-one? I am 65 and have not had even 1 hole-in-one.
"Tuanku is always very active and I think this is the secret of longevity. As long as you are interested in things and people, you will do well.
"My mother always tries to accept invitations. Even if she is not feeling well on that day, she will still attend once she has agreed to come. I advise her not to go if she does not feel well on the day but she hates letting people down as she knows they had planned the event with her in mind."
Tunku Naquiyuddin was in London for the Summer Olympics and was in Hermes store in Fauborg St Honore buying a birthday gift for his mother when out of the blue they bumped into Datin Seri Wendy and Datuk Seri Lim Huah Leong.
"What a happy coincidence, " recalled Tunku Laksamana Negeri Sembilan. "They too were in London. On the flight home from London, who should I meet but them again on the same flight! I think it is our destiny we are meant to be together, as it was such a coincidence we should bump into each other in Paris, London and inside the plane."
As Tunku Naquiyuddin is a renowned raconteur and bon vivant, we knew a joke should not be long in the offing. True enough, with a cheeky grin, the prince continued, "During the Olympics, all Malaysians knew Lee Chong Wei battled Lin Dan for the badminton gold medal. Lee Chong Wei's initials is L.C.W which could stand for 'Let China Win'. But he has a title 'Datuk' so his full initials are D.L.C.W which meant 'Don't Let China Win'!
"But alas, the match was held in London with its London Bridge and we all know 'London Bridge is For Lin Dan' (London Bridge is Falling Down)! So Lin Dan won!"
The ballroom erupted into roars of laughter at this very original joke. I wonder if Tunku Naquiyuddin created this which is highly possible as I did not have the chance to nail him later to ask where he got this highly unique joke that is such a brilliant pun on the play of words.
The cake cutting ceremony was truly memorable.
Hosts Datuk Seri Lim Huah Leong and Datin Seri Wendy Lim accompanied the Birthday Queen to the dancefloor where a splendid birthday cake was rolled out. Her Royal Highness's children, grandchildren, in-laws and family members crowded beside her to sing 'Happy Birthday'.
I saw many eyes glistening from tears of joy and gratitude.
But Tunku Ampuan Negeri Sembilan was smiling nonstop and after she placed the sword on the yellow cushion, she was besieged by family members and friends to congratulate her heartily.
It took another 20 minutes before she could reach her seat as so many took the opportunity to shake her hands and sembah her while her dearest and nearest kissed her on the cheek.
What a wonderful gathering of the clan.
What an honour it is for me to be allowed to write the book 'Tuanku Jaafar Tuanku Abdul Rahman; The 10th King of Malaysia' on the late and great Yang DiPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Jaafar Tuanku Abdul Rahman which was commissioned by Tunku Laksamana Tunku Naquiyuddin to celebrate his birthday.
HRH Tuanku Najihah being accompanied by hosts with the most Datuk Seri Lim Huah Leong and Datin Seri Wendy Lim to the birthday cake
Tunku Imran the Tunku Muda Serting and son of Tuanku Najihah joining his mother for the cake cutting ceremony
YAM Tg Imran, Datuk Seri Lim Huah Leong, Tuanku Najihah, Datin Seri Wendy Lim and YTM Tunku Naquiyuddin
Members of the royal clan gathering around the royal Matriarch
The Lims join in
Her Royal Highness is all ready to cut her cake
HAPPY 88TH BIRTHDAY!
Her Royal Highness prepares to cut the cake with last minute instruction from a staff member
Her Royal Highness has 88 years of cake cutting experience!
Cheers all round!
The 10th Queen of Malaysia reading the birthday message
Smiles all round!
Tuanku Najihah's grandchildren join in at the back
The gathering of the Negeri Sembilan clan
The House of Negeri Sembilan
HAPPY 88TH BIRTHDAY TO TUANKU NAJIHAH
HAPPY 88TH BIRTHDAY TO TUNKU AMPUAN TUANKU NAJIHAH OF NEGERI SEMBILAN
EVERYONE WAS SO HAPPY
THE BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS BEGIN!
YAM Tunku Muda Serting Tunku Imran wishing his royal mother a Happy Birthday
YTM Tunku Nurul Hayati sembah Her Royal Highness who is her mother-in-law
Tuanku Najihah accepting birthday greeting from son-in-law YM Tunku Kechil Besar Tunku Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha
The 10th Queen of Malaysia surrounded by her clan and well-wishers
Tuanku Najihah's grandchildren proffering birthday salutations
The 10th Queen of Malaysia in the pink of health accompanied by her second son Tunku Imran the Tunku Muda Serting of Negeri Sembilan
Tuanku Najihah's grandson bowing low to offer birthday greetings
Birthday kiss from YAM Tengku Ahmad Shah the Tengku Indera Setia of Selangor who is Tuanku Najihah's son-in-law as he is married to her fifth child YAM Tunku Irinah Tuanku Jaafar
Her Royal Highness being escorted to her table by second son Tunku Muda Serting Tunku Imran
The Royal Table
Only HRH's dearest and nearest could touch her
A royal kiss from the 10th Queen of Malaysia
Happy Birthday, Tuanku
Knowing sometimes others were shy, Her Royal Highness is often the first to break the ice by offering her hand
Happy Birthday, Your Royal Highness!
Many took the opportunity to shake her royal hand
One for the album!
Her Royal Highness listening to her son Tunku Laksamana Tunku Naquiyuddin giving his speech to thank Datuk Seri Lim Huah Leong, Datin Seri Wendy Lim, Lim Ai San, Dato Lim Boo Keang, Dato Lim Boo Kian, Tunku Myra and organising committee
Wonderful, warm and witty speech by YTM Tunku Laksamana Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Jaafar
Cool car! NAJ 1 spells 'NAJI' which is the first 4 alphabets of 'Najihah'!
The royal Rolls-Royce of DYMM Tunku Ampuan Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Najihah the 10th Queen of Malaysia
The royal autos