Johor royal wedding: He says she is sweet, she says he is kind and gentle

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JOHOR BARU - Dutchman Dennis Muhammad Abdullah's "gentle and kind personality" was what attracted his wife-to-be, Johor Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim.

The princess said Dennis was also supportive and understood her well.

The royal couple are set to tie the knot in a much talked-about ceremony steeped in Johor royal tradition and customs tomorrow.

Dennis, who embraced Islam before he met Tunku Aminah, has equally sweet things to say about his bride-to-be.

"She is very special to me. She is sweet but also sensible and has very strong family values.

"Tunku Aminah is close to her family, the same way I am with mine back home in Holland," Dennis said, adding that he felt honoured to be accepted by the Johor royal family.

Dennis said he would continue working after the wedding.

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  • The pair, seen in casual wear, with the princess clad in a floral red and white dress and her beau in a collared purple shirt.
  • The couple wearing matching grey traditional Malay baju kurung.
  • Johor Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim will marry Dennis Muhammad Abdullah on Aug 14.
  • Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah have consented and given their blessings to the wedding.
  • Tunku Aminah has studied in LaSalle College’s International School of Fashion, Arts and Design.
  • She was bestowed with the title 'Tun' by Sultan Ibrahim in 2012.
  • She is the patron for Johor Bahru International Festival City and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Johor Bahru.
  • Tunku Aminah, who was born on April 8, 1986, at Hospital Sultanah Aminah here is second of six siblings and the only daughter to Sultan Ibrahim and Raja Zarith.
  • Her soon-to-be husband was born as Dennis Verbaas on May 1, 1989, in Lisse, a town near Amsterdam, Holland.
  • He embraced Islam on 31 May 2015, and changed his name to Dennis Muhammad Abdullah.
  • Dennis was a semi-professional footballer and served as the JDT Concept Store and Cafe manager before becoming the marketing manager of Tampines Rovers Football Club in Singapore.

He holds a senior position in a major property development company in the state.

Tunku Aminah said she had been getting her new home ready and was looking forward to starting the next chapter of her life.

"This will be the first time I am living alone - away from my parents and family," she said in an interview with the Royal Press Office.

Tunku Aminah's betrothal is set to take place in the morning at Istana Bukit Serene here followed by the solemnisation ceremony tomorrow.

Later in the evening, the new couple would have their bersanding (sitting-in-state) ceremony at Istana Besar's Throne Room.

At the event, the bride is expec­ted to don a traditional baju kurung teluk belanga and the groom, the baju melayu teluk belanga which reflects the history of Johor.