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Her Royal Highness Tengku Fauziah - Raja Perempuan Of Perlis

er Royal Highness Tuanku Fauziah binti Tengku Abdul Rashid, D.K., S.S.P.J., S.P.M.P., is a princess of the royal houses of Terengganu on her father's side and Kelantan on her mother's side. Tuanku Fauziah is the daughter of Yang Amat Mulia the late Tengku Abdul Rashid ibni AlMarhum Sultan Sulaiman of Terengganu and Yang Amat Mulia the late Tengku Petri binti Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim of Kelantan. She was born on June 6 1946, and spent her early years in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.

As a student at Zainab English School, Tuanku Fauziah enjoyed recreations and sports such as stage acting, netball and rounders. Due to her talented and artistic nature, Her Royal Highness's pastimes and interests include interior decoration, cooking and sewing. Always very concerned for the less fortunate, Tuanku Fauziah has long been active in various charity work.

At the very young age of 17, she became engaged to Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, who at that time was still studying in the United Kingdom. In order to prepare her for her future role of consort to the heir and later to the ruler, Tuanku Fauziah was invited to stay with her future husband's family while they lived at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur as the Yang DiPertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia. During her stay with her future in laws, Her Royal Highness made trips back to Kelantan whenever necessary.

On February 15 1967, Tuanku Fauziah was given in marriage to Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin who was then the Raja Muda of Perlis. In recognition of her new position, she was conferred the prestigious Seri Paduka Mahkota Perlis (S.P.M.P) award by her new father-in-law, the late Tuanku Syed Putra, eight months later. On April 30 1968, the princess was officially created "Duli yang Teramat Mulia Raja Puan Muda Perlis".

As a young bride, Her Royal Highness accompanied her husband on all his postings as a junior military officer. However two years later, she returned to Perlis for good when Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin decided to take on his official role as Crown Prince of the State.

Her Royal Highness is the proud mother of a son, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra, Raja Muda, and Sharifah Fazira, Tengku Puteri Mahkota. Being a very caring person she is exceedingly close to her only daughter-in-law, Lailatul Shahreen, Raja Puan Muda and only son -in-law, Mohammad Yaakob. Her Royal Highness constantly converse with her eldest granddaughter, Sharifah Khatreena and is most concerned with the little princess's academic and leisure interests. In the year 2001, Her Royal Highness became a grandmother twice, first with the birth of Putri Nurlin Syazwani to the Tengku Puteri Mahkota, and then with the birth of Yang Amat Mulia Sharifah Farah Adriana to the Raja Muda.

Among her friends, her husband's and her own family, her generosity and genuine consideration for everyone's well being is common knowledge. She has been known for her concern to go to great lengths to visit friends in hospital, to pay her respects to families in mourning over the loss of their loved ones, to shower a new mother with gifts for her baby and to personally telephone to congratulate or to say hello.

As the Consort of the new Raja, Tuanku Fauziah is just as humble and just as unpretentious as her -in-laws before her. Yet in her official capacity as Raja Perempuan, she is always dignified and elegant. Among her most enduring characteristics is a genuine effort to personally greet and meet as many guests as possible at whatever function she happens to host or grace.

Her Royal Highness Tuanku Fauziah was officially declared "Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Perempuan Perlis on July 14, 2000. On December, 12 2001, HRH Tuanku Fauziah was officially declared as "Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong" when her husband Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin became the 12th Yang Di Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.