Happy Birthday to Queen Azizah of Malaysia, the XVI Raja Permaisuri Agong and the Tengku Ampuan of Pahang, who turns 60 today! To mark the special day, we are featuring the magnificent emblematic Pahang State Tiara.
Featuring the emblem of Pahang Darul Makmur in gold inside a modern diamond frame, the Pahang State Tiara was created in 1974. Pahang is the third largest of the thirteen Malay States, which are each ruled by a Sultan, one of whom is elected for a rotational five-year term as the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia. The State Tiara coordinates very well with a similar jewel worn by the Sultan on his headress.
The first wearer of the Pahang State Tiara was Tengku Ampuan Afzan of Pahang, the mother-in-law of Queen Azizah, who first wore a smaller version of the diadem, featuring the central element, before she commissioned the new surrounding design.
After Tengku Ampuan Afzan’s death in 1988, the Pahang State Tiara was not worn by her successor, Sultanah Kalsom, and remained publicly unworn until January last year, when after the abdication of her father-in-law, Queen Azizah became the Tengku Ampuan of Pahang and wore the Tiara at the ceremony. A few days later, she wore the Pahang State Tiara again when the Sultan was elected as the 16th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, and they made their entry into Kuala Lumpur. After the Installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in July, Queen Azizah wore the Diadem at the Installation Banquet, signifying their link with their State. While the Gandik Diraja Tiara, which we have covered previously, will pass to the next Raja Permaisuri Agong in 2024, as the Tengku Ampuan of Pahang, the Pahang State Tiara is set to remain Queen Azizah’s most prominent diadem for years to come. We wish her a very Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns!