Al-Muhtadee Billah

Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah bin Hassanal Bolkiah (Arabic: المهتدي بالله) [1] (born 17 February 1974) is the eldest son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his wife Queen Saleha. He is the Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam and is first in the line of succession to the Bruneian throne.

Al-Muhtadee Billah
Pengiran Muda Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Brunei
Al-Muhtadee Billah.jpg
Born (1974-02-17) 17 February 1974 (age 48)
Istana Darul Hana, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
(m. 2004)
Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah
FatherSultan Hassanal Bolkiah
MotherPengiran Anak Saleha
ReligionSunni Islam

Al-Muhtadee Billah holds the position of senior minister of the Prime Minister's Office of Brunei, General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Deputy Inspector General of the Royal Brunei Police Force.

Early lifeEdit

Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah was born at Istana Darul Hana, Bandar Seri Begawan on 17 February 1974. He is the first-born son and heir to the throne of Brunei. He is the son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Pengiran Anak Saleha (both first cousins). His paternal grandparents were Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Pengiran Anak Damit. His maternal grandparents were Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Alam and Pengiran Anak Hajah Besar.


Al-Muhtadee Billah's education began early in life, at the Prince-Princess School at the Istana Darul Hana. He also had his primary education at St. Andrew's School in Bandar Seri Begawan. Subsequently, he progressed through the Brunei Junior Certificate of Education in 1988, and the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level Exam in 1991 while he was studying at the Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College. He was further educated at Emanuel School in London.[2] He passed his GCE Advanced Level exams in 1994.

Al-Muhtadee Billah attended tutorials at the University of Brunei Darussalam and began his overseas education at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in October 1995. He matriculated for admission to University of Oxford's Foreign Service Programme at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1997. While at Oxford, he followed a programme of study specially designed for him involving Islamic studies, trade, diplomacy and international relations. He received his Diploma in diplomatics Studies in a special convocation held on 3 August 1998 in Bandar Seri Begawan.

In 1988 Al-Muhtadee Billah completed the reading of the Quran and the 'ayat-ayat lazim' and also studied various aspects of Islamic teachings.

Proclamation as Crown PrinceEdit

Al-Muhtadee Billah was proclaimed Crown Prince of Brunei on 10 August 1998 at the Istana Nurul Iman. At the ceremony, his father, the Sultan of Brunei, bestowed upon him the 'Keris Si Naga'. This put him in line to become the 30th Sultan of Brunei. The ceremony was followed by the procession around the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.

Role in governmentEdit

In preparing to become the future leader and head of the country, Al-Muhtadee Billah holds several roles in government. He is the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, a general in the Brunei Armed Forces, and the Deputy Inspector General of the Royal Brunei Police Force. As Senior Minister he is also Head of the National Disaster Management Committee.

As the Senior Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (and the royal court), he is being intensively groomed in all aspects of governance. When his father is abroad, he is always appointed to act as the Deputy Sultan. He also grants audience to arriving and departing foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners. Increasingly he appears at official functions to improve his public speaking abilities in making sabda (royal speeches of a Crown Prince). He is the Deputy Chancellor of the University of Brunei Darussalam and the Chancellor of the Institute Technology Brunei; once a year he awards diplomas at the convocations of both institutions.

Marriage and childrenEdit

On 9 September 2004, he married 17-year-old Pengiran Anak Sarah at Nurul Iman Palace in Bandar Seri Begawan. Guests included the Duke of Gloucester, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Princes Bandar and Saud al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia, the King of Bahrain and other Malaysian sultans. The wedding was also attended by heads of state and government from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.[3] The wedding included a bersanding ceremony, and a drive around Bandar Seri Begawan in a golden-topped Rolls Royce.[4]

The royal couple have four children. Their first child and future heir to the Brunei throne, Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim, was born on 17 March 2007 at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.[5][6] Their second child, a daughter, Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah, was born on 2 January 2011.[7] Pengiran Anak Sarah gave birth to their third child and second son, Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman on 7 June 2015.[8] Their fourth child and second daughter, Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa' Raihaanul Bolkiah, was born at 15:54, on 1 December 2017.[9]


Name Born Place Birth Age
Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim (2007-03-17)17 March 2007 Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Brunei 15 years, 3 months
Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah (2011-01-02)2 January 2011 Istana Nurul Iman, Brunei 11 years, 6 months
Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman (2015-06-07)7 June 2015 Istana Nurul Iman, Brunei 7 years
Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa' Raihaanul Bolkiah (2017-12-01)1 December 2017 Istana Nurul Iman, Brunei 4 years, 7 months

Personal interestsEdit

He owns sports cars from around the world, including a Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

He is a pool and snooker enthusiast, and participated in the 2006 WPA Men's World Nine-ball Championship, and later the 2008 WPA World Eight-ball Championship.[10] The 2007 World Pool Championship was launched on 10 October at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila; Al-Muhtadee Billah represented Brunei in the tournament at the Araneta Coliseum from 3 to 11 November.[11]

A football club, the Brunei DPMM FC is owned by Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah, who previously played as a goalkeeper for the team.


  • Token of gratitude from the people (Tanda Kesyukuran Dari Rakyat), 20 February 1974.
  • Son and heir for Brunei Sultan, by Bernard Long.
  • 'Curahan Kasih', in conjunction of his marriage on 9 September 2004.




See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Senior Minister". Prime Minister's Office of Brunei. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  2. ^ Jatswan S. Sidhu (22 December 2009). Historical Dictionary of Brunei Darussalam. Scarecrow Press. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7078-9.
  3. ^ "Guests arrive for Brunei crown prince's wedding". China Daily. 9 September 2004. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  4. ^ Kent, Jonathan (9 September 2004). "Brunei's future king gets married". BBC News. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 24 April 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. ^ "Brunei's crown prince and wife have baby boy". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Agence France Presse. 18 March 2007. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "His Majesty names royal grandson". Borneo Bulletin. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Kebawah DYMM berkenan mengurniakan nama cucunda baginda". Pelita Brunei. 6 December 2017.
  10. ^ "The 2008 WPA Fujairah World 8 Ball Championship – Player List". Retrieved 9 January 2019. Billah
  11. ^ GMA NEWS.TV, Prince of Brunei to join World Pool in RP
  12. ^ Heir Couple of Brunei, Photo with State decorations
  13. ^ Annadellorusso

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Born: 17 February 1974
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King Hassanal Bolkiah I
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Pro-Chancellor of the University of Brunei Darussalam
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