Prince Azim

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Prince Azim
Prince of Brunei
FatherHM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
MotherHRH Pengiran Isteri Mariam
Born(1982-07-29) 29 July 1982 (age 30)
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
 
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Prince Azim
Prince of Brunei
FatherHM Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
MotherHRH Pengiran Isteri Mariam
Born(1982-07-29) 29 July 1982 (age 30)
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

His Royal Highness Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim (Malay: Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Duli Pengiran Muda Haji 'Abdul 'Azim) (born 29 July 1982), known as just Prince Azim, is the second born prince of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. He is the third in line to succeed the throne of Brunei. He is a well known of the Brunei royal family and is a paparazzi favourite.[1]

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Early life

Azim is the eldest child of the Sultan of Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Pengiran Isteri Hajah Mariam. He is one of twelve siblings. He was educated at St. Andrew's School, Brunei, International School Brunei and Rosyth Primary School (Singapore), Raffles Institution (Singapore), Leighton Park School (Berkshire, England) and then at Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, England).[2] To instil greater discipline in him, the Sultan of Brunei sent him to attend the nine-month officer training course of the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, England. (The current Sultan had attended just such a course in his younger days, as Crown Prince of Brunei). However, Azim left Sandhurst after one week[3]. His stint there was the shortest of any member of the world's royal families. Prince Azim suffered from a heart arrhythmia problem which was surgically corrected in the USA when he was younger.

Lifestyle

Prince Azim is known internationally, famous for throwing lavish parties. In the past, Azim has thrown parties with guest lists that have included Michael Jackson,[4] Diana Ross[5] and Scarlett Johansson.[6] His birthday party in 2009 was dubbed the "Party of the Year". The guest list included Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Sophia Loren, Joan Collins and Faye Dunaway.[7]

He has been accompanying royal visits to seminars, including the 'International Seminar on Understanding the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama'ah' held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic Da'wah Centre'.[8] Prince Azim also launched the Coworth Park Hotel, a BIA-owned property in Berkshire, London.[9]

In May 2011, Prince Azim said that the autistic should be treated with respect, 'as would to any of your family members'.[10]

Charity

He fills his time[vague] with charity work, mostly seen helping with the handicapped societies[citation needed]. Most notably[editorializing], he was the guest of honour at the "Seeing is Believing" fundraiser in Brunei, which raises awareness about caring for the blind;[11] and also the Sounds of Hope charity concert which raises awareness about poverty in Brunei.[12]

In 2007, he walked on the catwalk for Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief which raised money to aid those who were affected by the natural disasters and flooding in the UK.

In 2009, he designed unisex weekend bags for MCM.[13] The proceeds went to the Make A Wish Foundation UK, a charity in which he is one of the patrons.[14]

References

  1. ^ Streib, Lauren (27 May 2008). "In Pictures: The 20 Hottest Young Royals". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/2008/05/23/royals-celebrity-monarchs-biz-billies-cz_ls_0527royals_slide_9.html. 
  2. ^ "Prince 'Azim graduates from Oxford Brookes varsity". The Brunei Times. 6 September 2011. http://www.bt.com.bn/news/2008/09/06/prince_azim_graduates_from_oxford_brookes_varsity. 
  3. ^ Pendleton, Devon; Serafin, Tatiana. "In Pictures: World's Richest Royals". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/2009/06/17/monarchs-wealth-scandal-business-billionaires-richest-royals_slide_3.html. 
  4. ^ http://popdirt.com/michael-jackson-gets-sick-at-prince-azims-birthday-bash/61029/
  5. ^ Kay, Richard (28 September 2004). "Has gadget king got a screw loose?". Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/columnists/article-319576/Has-gadget-king-got-screw-loose.html. 
  6. ^ http://www.richardyoungonline.com/ilovery/photos/12962
  7. ^ Alderson, Andrew (20 June 2009). "Prince Azim of Brunei throws party of the year". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/brunei/5586959/Prince-Azim-of-Brunei-throws-party-of-the-year.html. 
  8. ^ "HM, royalty grace religious seminar". The Brunei Times. 30 March 2011. http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2011/03/30/hm-royalty-grace-religious-seminar. 
  9. ^ "HRH Prince Azim launched Coworth Park, London". Vance Tan Official. 15 April 2011. http://vancetan.com/2011/hrh-prince-azim-launched-coworth-park-london/. 
  10. ^ "Treat autistic with respect, says HRH". The Brunei Times. 21 July 2011. http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2011/05/01/treat-autistic-respect-says-hrh. 
  11. ^ http://news.brunei.fm/2009/11/07/be-a-friend-to-the-visually-impaired/
  12. ^ http://news.brunei.fm/2009/10/04/royalty-joins-concert-for-a-cause/
  13. ^ http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/49493
  14. ^ http://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/news/?111