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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE GENERAL HAJI AL-MUHTADEE BILLAH IBNI HIS MAJESTY SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH MU’IZZADDIN WADDAULAH


THE CROWN PRINCE AND SENIOR MINISTER
AT THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
GENERAL OF ROYAL BRUNEI ARMED FORCES


His Royal Highness was proclaimed as the Crown Prince on 10th August 1998.

His Royal Highness was appointed as the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office on 24th May 2005.

His Royal Highness was born on 17th February 1974 in Bandar Seri Begawan. His Royal Highness began his education at an early age at the Putera-Puteri (Prince-Princess) School in the Istana (Palace) Darul Hana. Subsequently, His Royal Highness progressed through the Brunei Junior Certificate examinations (1988) and the 'O' level examinations for the General Certificate of Education (Cambridge) in 1991 at the Paduka Seri Begawan Science College.  His Royal Highness then proceeded to the Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College and passed the 'A' level examinations for the General Certificate of Education (Cambridge) in 1994.

His Royal Highness The Crown Prince attended lectures at the University of Brunei Darussalam and began his overseas education at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in October 1995.  In the following year, he successfully matriculated for admission to Oxford University’s Foreign Service Programme at Magdalen College where he graduated in 1997. He received a Diploma in Diplomatic Studies in a Special Convocation held on 3 August 1998 in Bandar Seri Begawan.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam bestowed the rank of General in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces upon His Royal Highness on 25 March 2004 and also presented the award ‘The Most Exalted Order of Paduka Keberanian Laila Terbilang, First Class (D.P.K.T.)’ on 31 May 2004 in conjunction with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces 43rd Anniversary.

On 5 May 2005, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam also bestowed the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Royal Brunei Police upon His Royal Highness.

His Royal Highness was appointed as the Chairman of the National Disaster Council on 28 June 2006. The Council is responsible for formulating a strategic policy framework for national disaster management and the eventualities of disaster events towards human life, property and environment. His Royal Highness is also the Chairman of the National Committee Against Pandemic Influenza, a committee established in November 2005, specifically for the purpose of formulating plans to respond to the threat of Pandemic Influenza.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Literature to His Royal Highness on the 4 September 2006 at the 18th Convocation Ceremony of University Brunei Darussalam. His Royal Highness is also the university’s Pro-Chancellor.

The Crown Prince has undertaken a number of attachments with various government agencies as well as the private sector, namely: the Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ministry of Religious Affairs; Ministry of Communications; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; the Public Service Department; Public Service Commission; Immigration and National Registration Department; Labour Department; and Datastream Technology Communications (DST), a mobile phone company.

His Royal Highness is also actively engaged in conducting working visits to various government agencies, financial and educational institutions, and local companies as well as visits to various mukims throughout the country.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah married Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh  Ab. Rahaman on 9 September 2004. On 17 March 2007, His Royal Highness was blessed with a prince who was named His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim and a princess who was named Her Royal Highness Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.

His Royal Highness enjoys snooker and bowling as well as badminton and football.  His Royal Highness has also participated in several snooker and badminton championships and has represented the country at the biannual Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in the Billiard and Snooker events; as well as the 9-Ball (men single) World Pool Championship in Makati, Philippines and Men’s World 8-Ball Championship in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

His Royal Highness also has his own football club, known as the DPMM FC, which competes in the local semi-professional football league and represented the country in several regional inter club tournaments and the Singapore League.


His Royal Highness holds numerous decorations including The Royal Family Order of the Crown of Brunei (D.K.M.B.); The Most Exalted Order of Paduka Keberanian Laila Terbilang, First Class (D.P.K.T.); King Abdul Aziz Ribbon, First Class (Saudi Arabia); The Order of The Renaissance (First Degree) (Jordan); Medal of Honour (Lao); Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) (Singapore); Order of Lakandula With The Rank of Grand Cross (Philippines); Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) (Military) (Singapore); Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Medal (P.H.B.S.).