Not being her relative or close to her, I merely offered to shake hands but at the end of the evening (I was among the very last to leave as usual) Tunku Khadijah gave me a grand gift by kissing me lightly on my cheek! Guest of Honour DYTM Raja Puan Besar Perak Tuanku Zara the Crown Princess of Perak with YM Sharifah Hanizah, YTM Tunku Dato' Paduka Khadijah, YM Datin Sharifah Menyalara and YM Sharifah Intan The guest of honour was Perak Crown Princess Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Puan Besar of Perak Yang Teramat Mulia Tuanku Zara Salim (nee Davidson), wife of the Crown Prince of Perak DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Sultan Azlan Shah.She is a chemical engineer and the youngest of 4 children of Datuk William Stanley Walker Davidson (Salim Davidson) and Datin Sharifah Azaliah Syed Omar Shahabuddin.A birthday kiss from Tuanku Zara Crown Princess of Perak to her aunt Tunku Khadijah Tunku Abdul Rahman Upon meeting Tunku Khadijah, Tuanku Zara bent and kissed her hand and cheek. Of course I treat her as my beloved aunt and my status has no relevance as she is my elder relative and I was greeting her as I have always done over decades. "I attended Tunku Khadijah's 70th birthday which was a small event and I assumed tonight would be a small family gathering.I was surprised as Tuanku Zara is a high-ranking princess as she will be the next Sultanah of Perak and future Queen of Malaysia. If I had known it would be so glamorous, I would be in more formal attire." The tables were all named 'Opal' as it is the favourite gem of Tunku Khadijah and her birth stone as she was born in October.Later I asked her why she should 'sembah' someone of lower rank. My table was Fire Opal and there were Black Opal, Crystal Opal and Pure Opal tables.
YAM Tunku Datuk Paduka Khadijah's children and grandchildren organised a grand birthday party as befitted a grand lady of great class, elegance and grace at The Sage, one of KL's finest (and costliest I must say since I have been there several times before) restaurants.80 fortunate guests including close relatives, personal friends of the Birthday Girl who have known each other for over half a century and bosom pals of the family thronged the Sage to celebrate this auspicious occasion.Most arrived before 8pm and when Tunku Khadijah turned up around 8.15pm, all gave a loud cheer and her grandchildren lined up to hug and kiss her.