Sarah, Crown Princess of Brunei

Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah (Jawi: ڤڠيرن انق استري ڤڠيرن انق ساراه) (born 9 April 1987) is the wife of the Crown Prince of Brunei, Al-Muhtadee Billah and born as the daughter of a distant member of the royal family. While attending a pre-university course at 17, she married the Crown Prince. The couple have four children.

Sarah binti Salleh Abdul Rahaman
Pengiran Anak Isteri
Pengiran Anak Sarah army cadet.png
Pengiran Anak Sarah in her army cadets uniform in 2009
Born (1987-04-09) 9 April 1987 (age 32)
Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
IssuePengiran Muda 'Abdul Muntaqim
Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah
Pengiran Muda Muhammad Aiman
Pengiran Anak Faathimah Az-Zahraa' Raihaanul Bolkiah
Full name
Sarah binti Salleh Abdul Rahaman
HouseHouse of Bolkiah
FatherPengiran Salleh Abdul Rahaman
MotherDayang Rinawaty Abdullah
ReligionSunni Islam
Bruneian royal family
Personal Emblem of the Sultan of Brunei.svg

HM The Sultan
HM The Raja Isteri

Early lifeEdit

She was born Dayangku Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Bandar Seri Begawan, as the third child and only daughter of Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman Pengiran Damit and Dayang Rinawaty Abdullah (née Suzanne Aeby). Her father (born 1 June 1950) is a distant member of the royal family and worked as the chief laboratory assistant at the Water Services Division in the Public Works Department. Her mother (born 3 March 1954 in Fribourg, Switzerland) is a nurse who worked in Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.[1] Her parents met in the United Kingdom in the 1970s while studying.[2]

Her two elder brothers are Awangku Irwan and Awangku Adrian.[3]

Pengiran Anak Sarah attended St. Andrew's School from 1993 to 1998, and then Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, where she passed her O-levels in 2003. Al-Muhtadee Billah is also an alumnus of both schools. She pursued her pre-university education in the same college.[1]

She enjoys music, classical and modern theatre.[3]

Marriage and childrenEdit

On 9 September 2004, while still attending Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College, she married 30-year-old Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, at Istana Nurul Iman. The ceremony, dubbed the "Asian wedding of the year," was attended by dignitaries including members of foreign royal families and heads of government.[2][4] After the bersanding ceremony, the royal couple were driven in a gold open-topped Rolls-Royce across Bandar Seri Begawan, where they were greeted by crowds lining the streets.[4]

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


She enrolled at University of Brunei Darussalam as an undergraduate, where she graduated with first class honours in October 2010. She was awarded a Book Prize [8] for her outstanding performances in the Bachelor of Arts (Public Policy and Administration), Year Three programme.

Her Royal Highness then further pursued her studies and graduated with a Master's Degree in Public Policy in English Medium during UBD’s 23rd Convocation in 2011.

She was a member of the university's army cadets and was a top-scorer on the university's netball team.[9]

Titles and stylesEdit

Malay language stylesEdit

Styles of
The Crown Princess of Brunei
Reference styleYang Teramat Mulia
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness

Pengiran Anak Sarah's style and title in full is:
Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman.[fn 1][6][9]

which means
  • Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri : Her Royal Highness
  • Pengiran Anak Isteri : Royal Consort of a son of the Sultan
  • Pengiran Anak : Special title conferred for a wife of the Crown Prince
  • binti : daughter of
  • Pengiran: title of married male descendants in the male line of a Sultan

While still a bachelor :
- Dayangku Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman

which means
  • Dayangku : title used for unmarried daughters of a Pengiran (retained after marriage if the husband is a commoner) - female equivalent of Yang Mulia Awangku


She was awarded:[11]

National HonoursEdit

  •   Senior (Laila Utama) of the Most Esteemed Family Order of Brunei (DK I, 15 July 2005)[12]
  •   Sultan of Brunei Golden Jubilee Medal (5 October 2017)

Foreign HonoursEdit


  1. ^ She is referred to by state media and English language publications in Brunei as the wife of the Crown Prince, but not Crown Princess. The style Pengiran Anak Isteri is given to wives of princes.


  1. ^ a b "Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Sarah". Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Guests arrive for Brunei crown prince's wedding". China Daily. 9 September 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2004.
  3. ^ a b Brunei Resources
  4. ^ a b Kent, Jonathan (9 September 2004). "Brunei's future king gets married". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 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. ^ a b "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.
  7. ^ "His Majesty names royal grandson". Borneo Bulletin. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Sultanate - News | Negara Brunei Darussalam | Royalty at UBD's Medals and Book Prizes Presentation". Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  9. ^ a b Thien, Rachel; Ubaidullah Masli (1 October 2010). "Princess Sarah gets First Class Honours". The Brunei Times. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  10. ^ a b Royal Ark, Brunei - Style and glossary
  11. ^ The Royal Ark, Brunei genealogical details
  12. ^ Heir Couple of Brunei, Photo with State decorations[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Annadellorusso

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