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Tuanku Najihah

Queen of Negeri Sembilan
The basics
About
AKA Tuanku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin
Date of birth Seri Menanti
Family
Father: Tunku Besar Burhanuddin
Spouse: Jaafar of Negeri Sembilan
Children: Tunku Muda Serting Imran Tunku Panglima Besar Nadzaruddin
The details
Biography

Tuanku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin (born 1 September 1924) is the Tunku Ampuan of Negeri Sembilan. She was formerly the Tunku Ampuan Besar or Queen of Negeri Sembilan from 1967 to 2008. She also served as Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia between 1994 and 1999.
Tuanku Najihah was married to the former Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Tuanku Jaafar is also the stepson of Tuanku Najihah's sister, Tunku Kurshiah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, who also served as Tunku Ampuan Besar. Tuanku Najihah succeeded her sister, Tunku Durah, as Tunku Ampuan Besar in 1967.

Early life

Born on 1 September 1924, Tuanku Najihah received her formal education at the Tuanku Muhammad School in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan. She graduated from the London School of Oriental Studies. She also attended the special language and training course provided for the wives of diplomats while Tuanku Ja’afar was pursuing a course in diplomatic services in London.

Social Contributions

Tuanku Najihah was made a committee member of the Associated Country Women of the World. She is the patron of various women’s organizations such as the Girl Guides of Negeri Sembilan, the Islamic Women’s Welfare Council and the Women’s Institute. She is the president of the Tuanku Ampuan Badminton Team, the Patron of the Malaysian Women’s Hockey Team, Malaysian Women’s Football Team, Malaysian Women’s Golf Team and the Malaysian Women’s Golf Association (MALGA). He also served as first Chancellor of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.

Family life

The royal couple have three sons and three daughters :

  • HH Tunku Naquiah, Tunku Dara (born 26 December 1944, photo)
  • HRH Tunku Naquiyuddin, Tunku Laksamana (born 8 March 1947, photo)
  • HH Tunku Imran, Tunku Muda, of Serting (born 21 March 1948, photo)
  • HH Tunku Jawahir, Tunku Putri (born 27 January 1951, photo)
  • HH Tunku Irinah (born 23 November 1957, photo)
  • HH Tunku Nazaruddin, Tunku Putra (born 26 October 1959, photo)

Title And Styles

  • 1 September 1924 - 17 April 1967 : Her Highness (Yang Amat Mulia) Tunku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin
  • 18 April 1967 - 25 April 1994 : Her Royal Highness (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, The Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan
  • 26 April 1994 - 25 April 1999 : Her Majesty (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda) Tuanku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, The Raja Permaisuri Agong X
  • 26 April 1999 - 27 December 2008 : Her Royal Highness (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Najihah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, The Tunku Ampuan Besar Negeri Sembilan
  • 28 December 2008 - current : Her Royal Highness (Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Najihah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, The Dowager Tunku Ampuan of Negeri Sembilan

Honours

She was awarded :

Honours of Negeri Sembilan

  • MY-NEG Royal Family Order of Negeri Sembilan - DKNS.svg Member of the Royal Family Order of Negeri Sembilan (DKNS)
  • MY-NEG Grand Order of Tuanku Jaafar - SPTJ.svg Knight Grand Commander or Dato’ Sri Paduka of the Grand Order of Tuanku Ja’afar (SPTJ)

Honours of Malaysia

  •  Malaysia, as Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia (26 April 1994 to 25 April 1999), she has been awarded :
    • MY Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara (Crown of the Realm) - DMN.svg Recipient of the Order of the Crown of the Realm (DMN)
  •  Kedah :
    • MY-KED Royal Family Order of Kedah (DK).svg Member of the Royal Family Order of Kedah (DK)
  •  Kelantan :
    • MY-KEL Royal Family Order - Star of Yunus - DK.svg Recipient of the Royal Family Order or Star of Yunus (DK)
    • MY-KEL Order of the Crown of Kelantan - Star of Muhammad.svg Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Crown of Kelantan or "Star of Muhammad" (SPMK, 11.11.1992)

Foreign honours

  •  Spain :
    • Order of Civil Merit (Spain) GC.svg Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit (24.3.1995)
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