The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah today left Istana Negara, after two months exercising the duties of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the absence of the King, Sultan Muhammad V.
Sultan Nazrin, who is also deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and Raja Permaisuri Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim, attended the departure ceremony before leaving the palace grounds at around 5pm.
The ceremony, held at Dewan Seri Maharaja, began with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad reading out the letter of thanks before Sultan Nazrin, followed by the presentation of souvenirs by Mahathir and his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali to the royal couple.
About 500 officials and staff of Istana Negara waved at the royal couple as they left the palace grounds for Istana Hinggap Perak in Kuala Lumpur.
Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof and his wife Hamidah Osman accompanied Sultan Nazrin and Tuanku Zara to Istana Hinggap Perak.
Also present at the departure ceremony were Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Yusof and inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
Upon arrival at Istana Hinggap Perak, the personal flag of the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong was lowered by eight soldiers led by staff sergeant Mohd Shaiful Abdul Rashid.
It was then folded and handed over to the Comptroller of Istana Negara Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz.
The ceremony at Istana Hinggap Perak ended with the hoisting of the personal flag of the Perak Sultan.
On Nov 2, Sultan Nazrin signed the instrument of declaration to discharge the duties of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the King’s absence.