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Spectacular royal wedding in Brunei

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The tiny sultanate of Brunei erupted in a frenzy of colour and celebration on Thursday, when Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee tied the knot with 17-year-old student Sarah Salleh. Over 2,000 guests were on hand to see the 30-year-old make his vows at the royal palace in Bandar Seri Begawan. Royals from all over Asia, including Prince Naruhito of Japan and King Hamad of Bahrain, were among those present. The British royal family was also represented, by the Duke of Gloucester.The groom wore a gold crown and a traditional snake-bladed dagger for the ceremony, while his bride was dressed in a blaze of blue and gold. Her glittering Malay outfit was accessorised with drop earrings with diamonds the size of olives and topped by a sparkling tiara. After the service, which was conducted by a senior Islamic cleric, the couple kissed the Sultan's hand as they received his blessing.Afterwards the newlyweds made their way through the capital in a gold, open-topped Rolls-Royce. Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets as their car, which was followed by over 100 limousines, crawled through the city. The festivities will continue throughout Friday, when the Sultan hosts a huge feast in the palace's 4,000-seat banquet hall.

Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee met his young bride, whose mother is Swiss, though a mutual friend.

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The prince with his 17-year-old student bride. The couple's lavish costumes were par for the course in nuptials believed to have cost around £3 millionPhoto: © AFP
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The pair met through a mutual friend. Sarah's mother is Swiss while her father comes from a wealthy Bruneian familyPhoto: © AFP

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