Brother of former Malaysian king marries Swedish national

KOTA BARU: The Crown Prince of Kelantan has married Swedish national at the Istana Balai Besar, in the state capital Kota Baru.

According to Malaysian media reports, 45-year-old Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra weds sweetheart, Sofie Louise Johansson, 33, an English and sociology graduate from Mjölby, Sweden in the ancient palace of Istana Balai Besar, built in the 1840s.

After solemnisation ceremony by Datuk Aria Diraja cum Kelantan Shariah Court Chief Judge Datuk Daud Mohamad, Mufti of Kelantan Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad read the marriage sermon.

The wedding was an intimate affair with 300 guests with only close members of the Kelantan royal family and the couple’s close friends attended the royal wedding reception.

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The crown prince is the latest Malaysian royal to marry a non-Malays citizen. The prince is the younger brother of the Kelantan ruler, Sultan Muhammad V.

The 49-year-old’s abdication unexpectedly just two years through his term mark a first in Malaysia’s history following his reported marriage to a Russian former beauty queen and glamour model Oksana Voevodina.

More than a decade ago, 41-year-old Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra attracted headlines over his marriage with just 16 years old Indonesian-American model Manohara Odelia Pinot in 2009.