With the 27th National Day celebration just days away, and numerous rehearsals underway for final preparation, I look forward to the big day when I would be sure to catch up with fellow photographers and friends from the media. Last year was my first National Day participation as media (usually only at His Majesty’s Birthdays) and I shared just the one photo of His Majesty on Facebook. A year later, the rest of my favourite picks from the 26th National Day event are published here.
“Among those present to accompany His Majesty at the royal dais were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Jefri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince Hj ‘Abdul ‘Azim, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen.” — BT
His Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei, dressed in a white military outfit and a maroon beret, saluted as the national anthem was played, before headed down to the field to inspect the guard of honour.
Amidst a slight drizzle, His Majesty inspects the guard of honour.
After inspecting the guard of honour, His Majesty returns to the Royal dais where a total of 17,300 participants are set to march past.
A total of 17,300 participants were involved in the march pass, comprising uniformed personnel, government ministries, special needs individuals, district offices, higher learning institutions, public schools, missionary schools, non-profit organisations as well as expatriate communities in Brunei.
Deputy Supt Mohd Haruni Thamrin bin Haji Julaihi and other senior police personnel
Hj Salleh Bostaman bin Hj Zainal Abidin (center) Managing Director and CEO of Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd.
Sheikh Abas Sheikh Mohamad, chairman of Syabas Aviation, CEO and Founder of Shazanas Production House & Syabas Technologies
UBD Vice Chancellor Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi (left) marches past the Royal dais. Beaming smile of girl holding cardboard "UBD" with an auspicious no. 38.
HM Yusof Chief Photographer at Information Department composes a shot.
Bruneian artiste Haji Mohammad ZulFakhari or "Zul F" marches past the Royal dais in high spirits.
Hj Mohd Khairul Bahrin Hj Abdurahman recited the National Day pledge.
The cloth scroll with the pledge in the hands of Hj Mohd Khairul Bahrin
Broadcaster Globo TV, Brazil's largest television broadcaster and fourth-largest in the world, besides documenting Brunei's "kingdom of unexpected treasures" showcases how Bruneians celebrated the 26th National Day.
Hj Mohd Khairul Bahrin does a pledge encore for Globo TV crew!