A proud moment at Sandhurst

His Majesty (front L) receiving well-wishes from some cabinet ministers before departing for the United Kingdom to attend the graduation ceremony of HRH Prince 'Abdul Mateen' from Sandhurst.

HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam last night left for the United Kingdom where he is expected to attend His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen's graduation from the Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik were present to bid His Majesty farewell.

Accompanying His Majesty to the United Kingdom was Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bulqiah.

During his five-day visit, the monarch will first receive an honourary doctorate from King's College London on Thursday.

The chairman of the institution, Lord Duoro, will present His Majesty with the honour, in recognition of the educational links he has helped establish between the college and Brunei.

Later on the same day, His Majesty will attend a dinner reception at the Government House at RMA Sandhurst.

The dinner will be held in a casual context as a prelude to the formal parade he will be observing the following day.

On Friday, His Majesty will witness the graduation of his son, His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen who is part of the 102nd intake of students at RMA Sandhurst, where the sovereign first received a military rank.

His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen was admitted to the Commissioning Course for Regular Army Officers along with 200 recruits last May.

Before His Majesty departed last night for the United Kingdom, a doa selamat was read by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Hj Abd Aziz Juned.

Earlier this year, King's College London and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) inked a Memorandum of Understanding to better facilitate greater exchanges between the two institutions.

The college was also among the founding members of the UBD initiative to establish the International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and Environment (iCUBE).

RMA Sandhurst is located in Surrey where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on leadership responsibilities. It was formed in 1947. with a report from and Low Leng May in Bandar Seri BegawanThe Brunei Times

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