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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 September, 2004, 15:10 GMT 16:10 UK
In pictures: Brunei Wedding
Crown Prince of Brunei with his bride
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The Crown Prince of Brunei became a married man on Thursday, in what has been described as Asia's grandest wedding this year.
Brunei's Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah (C) arrives at the throne chamber with his father (l)
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Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah escorted his son - wearing a gold crown and a traditional dagger - into the Nurul Iman Palace.
Sarah Salleh
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Prince Billah was then joined by his 17-year-old half-Swiss bride, who emerged from a stateroom clutching a bouquet made of gold and diamonds.
The parents of the bride - Salleh Abdul Rahaman (l) and Suzanne Rahaman Aeby (r)
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The Sultan of Brunei is one of the world's richest men, but Sarah Salleh's parents are commoners.
Britain's Duke of Gloucester, cousin of Queen Elizabeth, left, chats with Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, centre, and his wife
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Among the 2,000 guests were many of Asia's leaders, as well as dignitaries from around the world.
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, right, chats with Jose Miquel Arroyo, centre, husband of Philippine President Gloria Arroyo, left
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Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri (R) attended the beginning of the ceremony, but left early after hearing of the bomb blast in Jakarta.
The newly wed royal couple recite a prayer during their wedding ceremony
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Muslim prayers were recited during the ceremony, but traditional Malay customs were observed as well.
Royal parade through Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
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After the wedding, the couple left the palace for a parade across the capital.
Young boy waving a flag
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Undeterred by the rain, thousands of well-wishers turned up to celebrate with the newlyweds.



SEE ALSO:
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08 Sep 04  |  Asia-Pacific
Country profile: Brunei
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