JOHOR BARU – On March 23, the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar will wear a crown weighing 1.6kg, kilogrammes, made of gold and silver, gold and adorned with diamonds, emeralds and rubies, as the ruler makes his rounds in the city during the coronation.
Johor was the first state to have a crown after Sultan Abu Bakar commissioned a crown for himself and his heirs. The year was 1886.
The crown of Johor was made by J.W. Benson, a London jeweller, based on the crown of King Edward.
However, Sultan Abu Bakar changed the design to accommodate the Islamic motifs of the crescents and five-pointed stars.
The crown is made of gold and silver encrusted with diamonds and other gems.
At the top of the crown are the words â€œAllahâ€ (made up of 37 red rubies) and â€œMuhammadâ€ (made up of 58 green emeralds) in Arabic, symbolising the sultanâ€™s commitment to faith in upholding Islam as the official religion of the state.
The crown will be taken out of the vault of Bank Negara Malaysia for the coronation ceremony which would be held on March 23.
Sultan Ibrahim will arrive at the Tangga Agung (Royal Steps) of the Istana Besar dressed in blue and fully decked in a cloak of rubies.
Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin will then read a long speech that will end with three shouts of Daulat Tuanku (Hail the King) to mark the start of the coronation ceremony.
This will be followed by the singing of Lagu Bangsa Johor and a 21-gun salute.
â€œThere will be seven helicopters, emitting coloured smoke, flying from west to east,â€ said Johor Council of Royal Court president Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli at a media briefing here yesterday.
The sultanâ€™s consort, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, will also be crowned with a diadem at the event.
The royal couple will then be driven in an open-hooded car to tour the city and allow their subjects to view the crown.
A crowd of 50,000, comprising school children and members of the public, is expected to line the streets as the convoy travels take the 7km seven kilometre route.
Rahim said there would be a state banquet on the night of the installation, with only 78 guests have been are invited. The dignitaries include the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Rahim, who is well-versed in Johorâ€™s royal traditions, said the crown wouldwill also be displayed in the stateâ€™s districts from April 3 to 20, adding that where the sultan would also will have a tea ceremonies with his subjects.
â€œThe crown will then be returned to the Bank Negara vault again after the events.â€
A version of this article appears in print on March 14, 2015, on page 11 of the Prime News in the New Straits Times with the headline: Bejewelled crown for Johor ruler. – NST Online