Tuanku Bainun

Tuanku Bainun

Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun binti Mohd. Ali, D.K. , D.M.N (born 1932) is the current queen of the state of Perak, Malaysia. She was also the first commoner to be installed as Raja Permaisuri Agong or Queen of Malaysia.


Her Royal Highness was born in Penang in 1932 and received her early education at the St. George’s School, Penang. She was selected to further her studies at the prestigious Teacher’s Training College, Kirkby, England from 1952 to 1954.

A year after returning from England, she married Sultan Azlan Muhibbudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzudin Shah Ghafarullahu-lahu of Perak in 1955. The Sultan was then a Magistrate in Kuala Lumpur, while Tuanku Bainun was teaching at her former school. She has taught in various schools in Kuala Lumpur, Seremban, Raub, Taiping and Kuantan.

Becoming Queen

Upon her husband's accession to the Perak throne in 1984, she became Raja Permaisuri of Perak with the title of Tuanku. In Perak, Queens of royal blood are known as Raja Perempuan, while the title of Raja Permaisuri was reserved for commoner consorts. Her Royal Highness was officially proclaimed the Raja Permaisuri Perak Darul Ridzuan on February 19, 1988 in a historic ceremony at Istana Kinta in Ipoh.

Sultan Azlan Shah was selected as the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong and during the Oath Taking and Signing Ceremony on April 26, 1989, Tuanku Bainun was proclaimed Raja Permaisuri Agong. Interestingly she was crowned Raja Permaisuri Agong on a new throne made of silver that replaced the ancient wooden throne used by Malaysia's eight previous Queens of royal blood, adding another first to her crown.

Royal Family

The royal couple have five children, two princes and three princesses. The eldest is Raja Nazrin Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Shah, who is also Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Perak. The others are Raja Dato’ Seri Azureen binti Sultan Azlan Shah, Raja Dato’ Seri Ashman Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Shah, Raja Eleena binti Sultan Azlan Shah and Raja Yong Sofia Binti Sultan Azlan Shah

Interests and Hobbies

Tuanku Bainun shares a common interest with the Sultan in sports, especially golf. She pays serious attention to her subjects and is always close to them, especially the women, and has a deep interest in welfare activities. Her hobbies include collecting recipes, floral arrangement and reading.

See also

* Yang Di-Pertuan Agong
* Raja Permaisuri Agong

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