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The Sultan of Brunei’s 60th Birthday Celebrations (2006)

On 15th July 2006 the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, celebrated his 60th birthday in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei Darussalam. The capital was decorated in style to mark the occasion with flags, banners and lights put up throughout the city.

Decorations in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Decorations on a main street in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Canons lined up on the street in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Decorative canons lining the street – a useful road block
Light decorations at night in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Festive lights in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Some people even got into the festive spirit by decorating their vehicles.

A car decorated for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
You can never have enough flags

Organizers and participants of celebratory activities wore traditional, colourful clothing. School children carried flags, beat drums and lined up hoping to catch a glimpse of the Sultan.

People wearing traditional, colourful clothing for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Colourful clothing for the special occasion
School children carrying flags in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Once again, you can never have enough flags…
School children lining up in the streets of Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Students from schools around the city participated in the celebration

The Sultan conducted an inspection of military officers with various foreign dignitaries in attendance, including Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan, Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines, Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand, Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Hun Sen of Cambodia, Hassan Wirajuda of Indonesia and Najib Razak of Malaysia.

Military parade at the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Military inspection in progress
Military parade at the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Synchronized marching as the Sultan and crowds look on
Military parade at the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Senior officers inspect military and naval officers
Military parade at the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Young cadets also take part

The media was in attendance to witness the parade, crowds and an air show.

Air show during the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Planes fly over Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Air show during the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
As do helicopters…
Air show during the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Helicopters over the Bandar Seri Begawan skies

Brunei locals and tourists alike took to the streets to take in the celebrations.

Crowds at the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Crowds watching the military inspection
Crowds at the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
The Bandar Seri Begawan streets alive with energy
Crowds at the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
People on the way to take part in the Sultan’s 60th birthday celebrations

And of course, there was a beefed up security presence in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Security personnel in Bandar Seri Begawan during the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Security personnel in Bandar Seri Begawan
Security personnel in Bandar Seri Begawan during the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
And more security…
Security personnel in Bandar Seri Begawan during the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Security escort for the Bruneian royal family’s vehicles

As the Sultan of Brunei left for his next engagement, people lined the streets taking photographs and saluting his departure.

The Sultan of Brunei's car during his 60th birthday celebrations
Tourists taking photos the traditional way before smartphones took over
The Sultan of Brunei's car during his 60th birthday celebrations
Officers and onlookers salute
Royal family member leaving in a car during the Sultan of Brunei's 60th Birthday celebrations
Member of the Bruneian royal family waving at the crowd
Royal family member leaving in a car during the Sultan of Brunei's 60th Birthday celebrations
Member of Bruneian royal family leaving for the next engagement

Once the military inspection concluded, people had various food and shopping stalls to explore as Bandar Seri Begawan continued to celebrate.

Decorations in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Bandar Seri Begawan in celebration mode
Decorations in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Bruneian flags and posters of the Sultan could be found throughout the capital city
Decorations in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Bunting, lights and banners in Bandar Seri Begawan
Decorations in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Bandar Seri Begawan during the celebrations – another city of lights?
Market stalls in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
Long row of market stalls in Bandar Seri Begawan
Market stalls and decorations in Bandar Seri Begawan for the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations
And more market stalls…
Light decorations at night in Bandar Seri Begawan during the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday celebrations, with Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the background
Night time lights with the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the background
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