BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Monday, 1 July 2019 – The National Flag hoisting ceremony to mark the start of nationwide celebrations of the 73rd birthday of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was held today at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex's open area in the capital.
Twenty personnel from the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), led by Lieutenant Junior Grade Najihah binti Haji Abdul Hisab, marched into the ceremonial ground where they received the National Flag from the Guest of Honour, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Yang Di-Pertua Adat Istiadat Negara.
The National Flag hoisting ceremony also marks the beginning for the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam to fly the Bruneian flag at their residences, public and private premises nationwide. Flying the national flag nationwide during the period of His Majesty's birthday celebration brings the people together in the spirit of patriotism, as well as, strengthens the love for the monarchy and country. This also marks the first time a female officer leading the National Flag hoisting ceremony.