Raja Perempuan Zainab

Raja Perempuan Zainab II binti Almarhum Tengku Sri Utama Raja Tengku Muhammad Petra (Jawi: راج ڤرمڤوان زينب بنت المرحوم تڠكو سري اوتام راج تڠكو محمد ڤيترا; 7 August 1917 - 10 January 1993) was the Raja Perempuan (Queen Consort) of Kelantan. She also served as Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia from 20 September 1975 to 29 March 1979.

Raja Permaisuri Agong
Reign21 September 1975 – 29 March 1979
Installation28 February 1976
PredecessorTuanku Bahiyah
SuccessorTengku Afzan
Raja Perempuan of Kelantan
Reign10 July 1960 - 29 March 1979
Coronation17 July 1961
PredecessorTengku Zainab binti Al-Marhum Tengku Zainal Abidin
SuccessorTengku Anis binti Al-Marhum Tengku Abdul Hamid
Born(1917-08-07)7 August 1917
Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Unfederated Malay States, British Malaya
Died10 January 1993(1993-01-10) (aged 75)
Istana Negeri, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia
Sultan Yahya Petra
(m. 1939; died 1979)
IssueTengku Merjan
Tengku Rozan
Tengku Salwani
Tengku Rohani
Tengku Minasrul
Tengku Ismail Petra
Full name
Tengku Zainab binti Tengku Muhammad Petra
Regnal name
Raja Perempuan Zainab II
HouseLong Yunus
FatherTengku Muhammad Petra bin Tengku Idris
MotherTengku Kembang Petri binti al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad IV
ReligionSunni Islam

Born on 7 August 1917 in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, she was the consort of Sultan Yahya Petra and the mother of the 28th Sultan of Kelantan, HRH Sultan Ismail Petra.

Marriage and Becoming QueenEdit

Tengku Zainab, daughter of Almarhum Tengku Sri Utama Raja Tengku Muhammad Petra and Almarhumah Tengku Maharani Putri Tengku Kembang Petri, married Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim Petra of Kelantan on 4 June 1939, who at the time held the title of Tengku Temenggong.[1]

She was given the title Tengku Ampuan Mahkota (conferred on the consort of the Crown Prince) by Sultan Ibrahim on 9 August 1956. On the same day she was conferred the S.P.M.K. Order.

In 1960, Sultan Yahya became Sultan and his wife was proclaimed Raja Perempuan or Queen. She took the title of “Raja Perempuan Zainab II” as her stepmother-in-law was also known as Raja Perempuan Zainab. Tengku Zainab was conferred the Darjah Kerabat (D.K. – Royal Family Order) on the first anniversary of Sultan Yahya Petra’s installation.

She served as Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia during her husband's reign as Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1975 to 1979.

On his death on 29 March 1979, she returned to Kelantan where she guided her only son, Sultan Ismail Petra, in the performance of his duties.

Duties and InterestsEdit

Tengku Zainab accompanied Sultan Yahya Petra on his official visits to several countries which gave her the opportunity to fulfill her responsibility as the Raja Perempuan and the Raja Permaisuri Agong.

Tengku Zainab was a kind person who loved doing charity work. She was once the president of various social organisations such as the Girl Guides of Kelantan and the Women’s Institution.

Tengku Zainab gave special attention to ‘house-keeping’ such as decorating the palace and preparing food for the royal family. She also loved doing handicraft, collecting antiques and gardening. Tengku Zainab died on 10 January 1993 at the state palace at the age of 75.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Honours of KelantanEdit

Honours of MalaysiaEdit

Places named after herEdit

Several places named after her, including:

  • Masjid Raja Perempuan Zainab II in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  • Jalan Raja Perempuan Zainab II (Federal Route  ) in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  • Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  • SK Zainab (1) in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  • SK Zainab 2 in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  • SMK Zainab (1) in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  • SMK Zainab 2 in Kota Bharu, Kelantan

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Royal Ark
  2. ^ Royal Ark
  3. ^ Royal Ark
  4. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1976" (PDF).
  5. ^ Royal Ark
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Tuanku Bahiyah
(Sultanah of Kedah)
Raja Permaisuri Agong
(Queen of Malaysia)
Succeeded by
Tengku Afzan
(Tengku Ampuan of Pahang)