After one year of preparation and three days of pre-nuptial rituals, GKR Bendara, the youngest daughter of Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X is finally married to her boyfriend, KPH Yudhanegara.
Yudhanegara arrived the palace’s Panepen mosque at 7:10 a.m. this morning where Sultan Hamengkubuwono X waited with honorary guests, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono.
The groom sat on the floor facing the father of the bride who led the ceremony and to whom, in accordance with palace tradition, he recited his marriage vows.
“KPH Yudhanegara, I marry you with my daughter, GKR Bendara,” the Sultan said in the highest form of the Javanese language krama inggil.
“I marry GKR Bendara with a Koran, a set of worship instruments and jewelry as dowry,” the groom said.
After the vow, the groom returned to the Kesatrian prince hall, while the Sultan and the guests moved to the main Kencana hall for the next ritual, panggih.
Panggih is the peak of the ceremony where the bride and groom meet for the first time as man and wife.