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Close UpCouple Spotlight: 50 Years Of Love With Tunku Dara Naquiah & Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar

Couple Spotlight: 50 Years Of Love With Tunku Dara Naquiah & Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar

Couple Spotlight: 50 Years Of Love With Tunku Dara Naquiah & Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar
By Tania Jayatilaka
By Tania Jayatilaka
August 29, 2019

From star-crossed young lovers to proud parents (and now doting grandparents), our favourite royal couple can show us a thing or two about what it takes to make a marriage last, having recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2019. Scroll on for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, retracing the many milestones shared by this elegant pair.

It’s not every day that a love story comes around like that of Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah and Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha.

Through the highs and lows of raising a family together and managing life in the public’s eye as royals, Tunku Dara and Tunku Mudzaffar wouldn't trade it for the world, cherishing their companionship till today. 

“Marriage is not just love and fresh air. It’s an effort – you must look for the things you have in common, be considerate and understanding. And be appreciative. The little things mean a lot,” as Tunku Dara puts it. 

Young and in love: Tunku Dara & Tunku Mudzaffar
Young and in love: Tunku Dara & Tunku Mudzaffar

Independent, fearlessly modern and confident from a young age, Tunku Dara attracted the attention of many young suitors in her day - but only one in particular would become her lifelong companion, the reserved but determined Tunku Mudzaffar. 

Tunku Dara and Tunku Mudzaffar's wedding was a grand affair
Tunku Dara and Tunku Mudzaffar's wedding was a grand affair

It wasn't long before the couple tied the knot in a dazzling 5-day wedding party at Istana Besar Sri Menanti, including a bersanding ceremony witnessed by cabinet ministers, the rulers of states including the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Prime Minister. 

Snapshots from 50 years ago: the beaming young couple at Istana Besar Sri Menanti.
Snapshots from 50 years ago: the beaming young couple at Istana Besar Sri Menanti.

'Every day there was something different," Tunku Dara recalls of her wedding day fondly. "Our main bersanding was followed by a Ball and everyone danced all night."

See also: Tunku Dara Naquiah & Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar's 'Hawaii 5-0' Golden Anniversary

The feisty four pose for a garden photo with blissful mum Tunku Dara
The feisty four pose for a garden photo with blissful mum Tunku Dara
Tunku Mudzaffar is every inch the doting father beneath his quiet demeanour
Tunku Mudzaffar is every inch the doting father beneath his quiet demeanour

The next 3 years flew by: a blissful honeymoon in Hawaii was soon followed by the birth of their first child, for whom they had been waiting patiently. 

Through the years, the couple were blessed to welcome 3 more beautiful children to their little family - the start of an adventure of parenthood.       

United by their shared love of dancing, singing and sports, Tunku Dara and Tunku Mudzaffar were soon inseparable from their children, all of whom adopted their parents' sporty interests.

Bonding together over summer holidays, parties and other family occasions created many happy memories that still linger today.   

Photo: Courtesy of Tunku Dara Naquiah
Photo: Courtesy of Tunku Dara Naquiah

Despite living a very public life as royals, the couple always stayed true to their love for one another, a love that blossomed into a longstanding companionship they would both grow to cherish.   

Related:Tunku Dara Naquiah and Tunku Syazwan Kaiyisah On Life As A Royal

At Tatler Ball 2013
At Tatler Ball 2013

Having graced the cover of Malaysia Tatler magazine more than once, the couple's easy charm and effortless elegance solidified their status as the darlings of high society, having been spotted at many a fashionable party or gala dinner around town.

The 'Game of Thrones'-themed wedding of Tunku Dara & Tunku Mudzaffar's son, Tunku Jamie Nadzimuddin to Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim in 2015.
The 'Game of Thrones'-themed wedding of Tunku Dara & Tunku Mudzaffar's son, Tunku Jamie Nadzimuddin to Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim in 2015.

Milestones came and went, and the couple witnessed the joyous weddings of their children, welcoming daughters-in-law and a son-in-law into their large, happy royal clan.

 

Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar and Tunku Dara Naquiah
2016: Tunku Dara & Tunku Mudzaffar host a get-together with family and closest friends to celebrate their friends' birthdays, an anniversary and even Malaysia's triumphs at the Rio Olympics!

Dinner parties with their closest friends, birthday celebrations and wedding anniversaries aplenty - Tunku Dara and Tunku Mudzaffar always had a great excuse to throw a fabulous party, dressed to the nines all throughout.  

 

The couple at the wedding reception of Dimash Serikov & Tengku Shaheera Tengku Abdullah in 2017
The couple at the wedding reception of Dimash Serikov & Tengku Shaheera Tengku Abdullah in 2017

Is this a pattern we're seeing? In truth, no one does the subtle art of matching couple's colours as well as Tunku Dara and Tunku Mudzaffar.     

Related:The 5 Hottest Young Royals Of Asia To Follow On Instagram

Tunku Dara & Tunku Mudzaffar spend time with their grandchildren as often as they can.
Tunku Dara & Tunku Mudzaffar spend time with their grandchildren as often as they can.

Surrounded by the joy and affection of beautiful grandkids, the photogenic couple were unrivalled in their ability to take great shots by looking straight into the camera, unlike the apparently distracted young ones.  

A joyous Buka Puasa session at Mama San, hosted by longtime friend of the couple, Dato' Seri Farah Khan in 2018
A joyous Buka Puasa session at Mama San, hosted by longtime friend of the couple, Dato' Seri Farah Khan in 2018

As Tunku Dara and Tunku Mudzaffar well know, good friends are worth holding on to - through the years the couple have held close to their dearest friends, always making the time for them, whether it be by breaking fast together or remembering a birthday or anniversary. 

When everything you need is right by your side: making time for the obligatory family portrait
When everything you need is right by your side: making time for the obligatory family portrait

Although Tunku Mudzaffar's parents and Tunku Dara's father were not able to witness their grandkids' weddings nor the birth of their great-grandchildren, Tunku Dara remains grateful for the loyalty and love of her family and her beloved Tunku Mudzaffar, affectionately deemed 'Atuk' by the family members.     

Sailing the seas in a wind-swept adventure abroad.
Sailing the seas in a wind-swept adventure abroad.

The pair that travel together, stay together - Tunku Dara and Tunku Mudzaffar have always loved the sea. Their fondness for travelling together with their family hasn't dimmed in the least. 

Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar and Tunku Dara Naquiah
The couple at the Malaysia Tatler Ball 2018

Together with their vivacious daughter Tunku Datin Myra Madihah and son-in-law Dato' James Iskandar Jaafar Greaves, Tunku Dara and her other half never fail to grace the annual Malaysia Tatler Ball dressed in their finest black tie garb.   

Celebrating their golden anniversary in July 2019.
Celebrating their golden anniversary in July 2019.

Talk about milestones: this year, the 'honeymooners' celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Hawaiian-themed soiree in Kuala Lumpur as a nod to their Hawaiian honeymoon days. 

The cutting of a cake, a waltz on the dance floor, and the sounds of laughter and merriment by faithful friends and family: while many couples don't make it to the big '50', here's congratulating the royal pair that did, all with impeccable style and finesse.   

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