27 Beautiful Photos From The Royal Wedding In Indonesia

Over three day’s worth of ceremonies, the current Sultan’s fourth daughter got married this week.

1. Huge crowds line the streets of Yogyakarta as bride Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu and groom KPH Notonegoro are driven to Kraton Palace for their wedding.

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Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu is the fourth daughter of currently-reigning Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.

2. Royal waving is a must.

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3. Twelve ornate horse-drawn carriages made up the royal procession.

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4. Which, were it not for all the cell phones and the big bank in the background, would have looked like something straight out of the ancien régime.

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5. The requisite guys on horseback showed up to look fancy/keep order.

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6. While regular soldiers stood guard while a contingent of guys with fabulous elf hats did their thing.

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7. Volunteers stand outside Kraton Palace.

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Their sarongs are lovely.

8. And some palace guards, also standing to attention.

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9. Groom KPH Notonegoro arrives at Kraton Palace in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Notonegoro arrived, with members of his family, in an ornate horse-drawn carriage.

10. Meanwhile, here’s the bride getting her hair did.

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11. Bride Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu asks for blessing from her father, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.

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12. And from her mother, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas.

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13. KPH Notonegoro sits with members of his family before taking part in the “Siraman” bathing ritual.

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14. Notonegoro, with his family, during the “Siraman” ritual.

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The ritual involves the bride/bridegroom being bathed by their parents as well as a few distinguished, elderly women who are ” selected [for] their good moral behavior.” After the bathing is complete, a ceramic pot called a “kendi” is dropped on the floor and broke (pictured here seconds pre-smash). This symbolizes that the bride/bridegroom is ready for their wedding.

15. The bride also gets a ceremonial wash.

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And she gets to wear a lovely, floral-woven poncho for the occasion.

16. The royal bride and groom enter the “Tompo Koyo” wedding ceremony in the Bangsal Kesatriyan hall at Kraton Palace.

Look how excited the lady on the left is. Also look at the great face paint in the background.

17. This is a dancing troupe dressed as fools, performing in the ceremony.

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18. A close-up of the face paint.

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19. The royal bride and groom during their wedding ceremony.

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20. Notonegoro lifts his bride up, as part of the “Pondhongan” ceremony.

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This ceremony emphasizes the “elevated status” of women in traditional Javanese culture. Many view its prominent inclusion in the wedding as further evidence that the gender roles of women within the royal court are shifting.

21. Obligatory nervous/pissy “do NOT drop me” face.

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22. The “Wijikan” ceremony, which sees the bride washing her future husband’s feet.

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(This is a traditional symbol of a wife’s devotion.)

23. A quick tea break.

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This is the ritual of “Dahar Klimah,” in which a bride and groom feed each other yellow rice and a selection of side dishes usually including fried eggs and meat. (The bride gets to eat first.) Following the meal, the couple drink sweet tea. “Dahar Klimah” illustrates that the newlyweds are happy to enjoy each others possessions.

24. Posing for photos. Imagine how much pressure the photographer at a royal wedding must be under.

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25. Posing with family members, because it’s ok to be shirtless in these wedding photos.

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26. More family members.

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27. And posing with four adorable little bridesmaids, each carrying a peacock feather fan.

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Hopefully they’re trying to tickle each other during the ceremony and cause all sorts of other adorable bridesmaid mischief.

And so all the cream ensembles at that other big royal event this week looked even more boring by comparison.

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Sure, the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing McQueen. But it’s snoozy McQueen.

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