It’s not every day that a king willingly vacates the throne.
But on Sunday (Jan 6), Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V announced that he will be abdicating after just two years on the throne, marking a historic first for the Muslim-majority country since it gained independence from Britain in 1957.
The Royal Wedding.
— Kerajaan Rakyat (@KerajaanRakyat2) 24 November 2018
The 49-year-old ruler’s resignation comes after weeks of speculation on social media and in newspaper reports saying that he had married a Russian former beauty queen.
Sultan Muhammad V, who is from Kelantan, had taken a two-month break “following treatment” beginning Nov 2.
During that period, photos that were said to be of the couple’s wedding began making rounds online, with reports naming Sultan Muhammad V’s love interest as 25-year-old Oksana Voevodina, the winner of the Miss Moscow 2015 title.
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Here are six things you didn’t know about Oksana and her rumoured relationship with the Malaysian King: