Installation of the 13th DYMM Seri Paduka Yang Di-Pertuan Agong
His Majesty Al-Wathiqu Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni A;-Marhum Si;tan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah was born on 22nd January 1962 in Kuala Terengganu. His Majesty is the eldest prince in the family of seven siblings.
His Majesty received his early education at Sultan Sulaiman Primary School and later at Sultan Sulaiman Secondary School in Kuala Terengganu before going overseas to further his studies at Geelongs Grammar, Victoria, Australia from 1980 to 1981. Later, His Majesty pursued a degree course at the US International University - Europe in London and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations on 9th June 1988.
His Majesty's life is not restricted to the palace and on 15th December 1981, His Majesty was appointed as the Assistant Land Levy Collector, working for a year at the District Land Office in Kuala Terengganu. The experience gained from working at the District Land Office proved to be beneficial for His Majesty before leaving for His Majesty's studies abroad.
Prior to his military courses abroad, His Majesty enrolled in a Pre-Army Course at Kem Sebatang Karah, Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan for 3 months beginning 18th May 1981. Subsequently His Majesty followed the PRE SMC (E) military course at the Army School of Languages from 2nd November 1982 to 31st May 1983, also the SMC 33 course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England frrom 3rd May 1983 to 9th December 1983. His Majesty was commissioned to the rank of Honorary Lieutenant in the Royal Cavalry on 1st March 1984.
His Majesty was appointed as the Crown Prince of the State of Terengganu Darul Iman on 6th November 1979 and later as the Acting Sultan of Terengganu on 20th June 1986 and for a second time from 21st October to 8th November 1990. His Majesty was appointed as the President of the Council for Islam and Malay Culture of Terengganu from 1st June 1991 till 31st December 1995.
His Majesty married Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku NurZahirah on March 1996 in Kuala Terengganu. The Royal couple is blessed with two princesses and two princes.
His Majesty was conferred the dignitary titles of:
As a Ruler who is very concerned about the welfare of his people, His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin makes the effort to go to all mosques in Terengganu for Friday prayers to forge closer ties with his subjects. His Majesty also continues with the practice of giving alms to orphans and the poor every Friday as was done by his late father Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah.
His Majesty is also very active in sports like football, golf, tae-kwan-do, scuba diving and equestrian which he has developed deep interest in since he was six years old.