Kelantan Ruler Sultan Muhammad V left for the federal capital to ascend the throne as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The tradition-rich ceremonial departure of the Sultan from Istana Negeri, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan began at 7.50am today.
The Regent and Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra and Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob were among the dignitaries who accompanied Sultan Muhammad V to the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa.
Thousands of people of various races, waving the Kelantan and ‘Jalur Gemilang’ national flags, lined the 14km route from Istana Negeri to the airport.
The motorcade of Sultan Muhammad V proceeded to the airport through Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, Jalan Pekeliling and Jalan Tok Guru.
Cultural performances were staged at 11 locations along the route.
The special aircraft carrying Sultan Muhammad V and International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed, as the minister-in-attendance, took off from the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport at 9.12am and arrived at Bunga Raya Complex, KL International Airport (KLIA) at 10.16am.
Sultan Muhammad was welcomed by Raja Muda Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah, Tengku Laksamana Selangor, Tengku Sulaiman Shah and Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak, as Chairman of the Special Committee, and his wife Raya Erom.
His Majesty passed by a static honour guard comprising two officers and 26 men of 1st Unit Royal Ranger Regiment led by Captain Mohd Hafiz Mohamad Noor, and proceeded in a motorcade to Parliament Square for the ceremonial welcome.
Sultan Muhammad V, 47, was elected as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the 243rd (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers in October.
The meeting also elected the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, as the Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong. – Bernama