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Sultanah Haminah Hamidun

Tuanku Hajah Haminah
Raja Permaisuri Agong
Sultanah Haminah at an event in Kuala Lumpur.
Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia
Tenure 13 December 2011 – present
Sultanah of Kedah
Tenure 9 January 2004 – present
Consort to Sultan Abdul Halim (m. 1975)
Father Hamidun Taib
Mother Isma Mohamad
Born (1953-07-15) 15 July 1953
Bagan Serai, Perak, Malaya

Tuanku Sultanah Hajah Haminah binti Hamidun (born 15 July 1953) is the current Raja Permaisuri Agong, or Queen, of Malaysia and the current Sultanah of Kedah. Born a commoner from Bagan Serai, Perak, she married Sultan Abdul Halim of Kedah on 25 December 1975, and as the second wife of the Sultan was titled Che Puan Kedah. She was elevated to the rank of Sultanah on 9 January 2004 following the death of Tuanku Bahiyah, the previous Sultanah and first wife of Sultan Abdul Halim.

Early life

Haminah binti Hamidun was born on 15 July 1953 in Bagan Serai, Perak. She is the fourth of seven siblings born to father Hamidun Taib and mother Isma Mohamad. Haminah was educated at SK Matang Jelutong and later SM Inggeris Bagan Serai.[1]


On 25 December 1975, at age 22, Haminah married the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim, and became his second wife. She received the title Che Puan Kedah.[1] Sultan Abdul Halim's first wife, Tuanku Bahiyah, died on 27 August 2003. On 21 November, Che Puan Haminah was proclaimed Sultanah. Her coronation ceremony took place in the royal town of Anak Bukit on 9 January 2004.[1]

Upon the installation of Sultan Abdul Halim as Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 13 December 2011, Tuanku Haminah became Raja Permaisuri Agong.[2] Tuanku Haminah is the fourth commoner who become a Raja Permaisuri Agong after Tuanku Bainun binti Mohamad Ali of Perak, Tuanku Permaisuri Siti Aishah of Selangor and Tuanku Nur Zahirah of Terengganu.


Tuanku Haminah is known to enjoy golf, tennis, badminton and music.[3] She has participated in various golf tournaments in Kedah and initiated amateur women's golf tournaments such as the Kedah International Red Tee Invitational in Langkawi.[4]

Titles, styles and honours

Titles and styles

Monarchical styles of
Raja Permaisuri Agong
Reference style Her Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Tuanku
  • 15 July 1953 – 25 December 1975: Cik Haminah binti Hamidun
  • 25 December 1975 – 21 November 2003: Yang Teramat Mulia Che Puan Haminah binti Haji Hamidun
  • 21 November 2003 – 13 December 2011: Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultanah Hajjah Haminah
  • 13 December 2011 – present: Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajjah Haminah


See also List of honours of the Kedah Royal Family by country

She has been awarded the following honours:[5]

Honours of Kedah

Honours of Malaysia

Foreign Honours


  1. ^ Bernama has erroneously reported the Honours received as "Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum" while correctly citing the recipients of the "Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown".[8]


  1. ^ a b c Alina Simon (10 January 2004). "New Sultanah of Kedah crowned".  
  2. ^ Adib Povera (13 December 2011). "Grand send-off for Sultan of Kedah".  
  3. ^ "Che Puan Haminah dimasyhur Sultanah Kedah".  
  4. ^ Embun Majid (2011-12-13). "Queen of the rakyat's heart".  
  5. ^ The Royal Ark, Kedah genealogical details, p11
  6. ^ Photo of Sultan Abdul Halim and Sultanah Haminah
  7. ^ Photo of Abdul Halim and Haminah, King and Queen of Malaysia (2011-)
  8. ^ "Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah receives highest honour from Japan". Bernama. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
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