The prince of Brunei, Asia’s most eligible bachelor, has married his commoner girlfriend in an extravagant 10-day ceremony.
32-year-old Prince Abdul Mateen is the 10th child of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is the world’s longest reigning monarch and one of the world’s richest men.
The prince, who is sixth in line to the throne, is a trained helicopter pilot, a major in the Royal Brunei Air Force and a polo athlete.
He also has a loyal following of more than 2.5 million fans on Instagram.
Mateen married his longtime girlfriend, 29-year-old Anisha Rosnah, in a 10-day traditional celebration that began on Jan. 7.
Rosnah is the granddaughter of the Sultan’s special advisor who founded Royal Brunei Airlines and owns a fashion brand and tourism company.
When the couple announced their engagement in December 2023, many fans couldn’t help but feel sad, calling Mateen a “heartbreaker”.
Their union was formalized in an Islamic marriage ceremony on Jan. 10 that was attended only by men.
The reception was held on Jan. 14 at the sultanate palace and was attended by more than 5,000 guests, including royal families from Malaysia, Bhutan, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, as well as other world leaders.
The newlyweds then did a grand parade through the streets of Brunei’s capital, where thousands eagerly waited to catch a glimpse of the new royal couple.