Malaysia’s Kelantan crown prince is set to wed his Swedish bride-to-be on April 19.
Kelantan state palace announced that 45-year-old Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra will be tying the knot with 33-year-old Swedish national Sofie Louise Johansson.
Tengku Muhammad Faiz, who studied history at the London School of Economics and Political Science and University College London, is the brother of former King Sultan Muhammad V, the Malaysian king who abdicated in January.
Johansson met Tengku Muhammad Faiz while she was working as an au pair (domestic assistant) in England while he was a student there.
According to official news agency Bernama, the closed-door wedding ceremony will be held “on a moderate scale” and will be attended mainly by Kelantan royalty and close friends of Tengku Muhammad Faiz.
The ceremony will start with the marriage solemnization, followed by the royal couple sitting on the wedding dais and a royal banquet.
“His Highness seeks the prayers of the people that his marriage will go smoothly and receive the blessings of Allah until Jannah [paradise],” Kelantan Palace ceremonial chief Tengku Mohamed Faziharudean Tengku Feissal was quoted as saying during Saturday’s press conference at the palace.
Tengku Mohamed Faziharudean added that the groom might also join in the events with the guests after the wedding “to introduce his wife whom he has known for a long time.”
The crown prince has since ordered that any wedding gifts received be donated to welfare bodies in Kelantan such as orphanages, elderly homes, and non-governmental organizations like the Malaysian Red Crescent Society and Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya.
Before the wedding was officially announced, an image of the royal wedding invitation had already gone viral on social media.
Malaysia’s east coast Kelantan state palace announces crown prince Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra will be getting married on April 19 in Kota Bharu. Faiz will marry foreigner Sofie Louise Johansson – official pixs pic.twitter.com/dBLYBbGt2K
— Kuala Lumpur Reporter (@KL_Reporter) April 6, 2019
In Malaysia’s unique monarchy system, the national throne changes hands between the sultans who lead nine of the country’s 13 states every five years.
After being king for about three years, Sultan Muhammad V shocked Malaysia earlier this year with his decision to abdicate. It was the first time such a thing has happened since 1957, when the country gained independence.
A few months before his abdication, Sultan Muhammad V took a leave of absence on medical grounds.
However, reports from foreign media platforms emerged that he had married Russian beauty queen Oksana Voevodina during his absence.
While the palace has yet to officially confirm the said reports, many believe the secret wedding is linked to his abdication.
Featured image via Kelantan State Palace