Sudah dengan kehendak Allah Tuanku menjadi Rajaa dalam Negeri Brunei ini;2.Sudah dengan kehendak Allah Tuanku menjadi junjongan rakyat Negeri Brunei ini;3.
For the many Bruneians who saw the flags flying high on top of the two hills, the flags can only mean one thing – a new Sultan will be coronated soon.
Some shouted ‘Daulat Tuanku’ knowing that it is very seldom that a Coronation for a new Sultan can be witnessed by everyone during his or her lifetime.
For the citizens and residents living in Brunei Darussalam, a country steeped in tradition, the announcement was something that they had been waiting for.
His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah ascended the throne when his father, His Majesty Sultan Omar Ali abdicated in October 1967.
The flag raising ceremonies marked the beginning of the six months’ preparation for the Coronation proper.
The Menteri Besar (Chief Minister), YAM Pengiran Dato Seri Utama Haji Mohd Yusuf has announced on radio, about 2 months before the raising of the flags ceremonies, that the Coronation will take place on 1st August 1968.
Since then Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has been the ‘Sultan of Brunei Darussalam’ but not as the ‘Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’.
According to the laws then, a Sultan cannot be the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan, until he has been coronated twelve months after he ascended the throne.
They will be accompanied by bearers of royal regalias and candles. The Sultan was then carried to the Lapau on top of the ‘usongan’ or chariot accompanied by all the Wazirs and the bearers of the Royal Regalias.
According to traditions, along the road to the lapau, there should have been a white puadai (piece of cloth).
The other group in the meantime was led by Pehin Seri Wangsa Haji Awang Muhammad.