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Royal House of Kiram

Their Royal Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses - The Royal Family of Sulu and North Borneo



The Royal House of Sulu is an Islamic royal house which has ruled the Sulu Sultanate for several centuries. The current ruling lineage is the Royal House of Kiram. The Royal House of Kiram descends from Sultan Jamalul Kiram I, who was the Sultan of Sulu from 1823 to 1844. The present Head of the Royal House is Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram.

In conjunction with the customary royal titles used by his predecessors, Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram also established the use of the westernized style of His Royal Majesty and Her Royal Majesty for him and his wife respectively. This is often abbreviated to His or Her MajestyH.M.” for both. Other bloodline members of the Royal House of Sulu are entitled to use the style of His or Her Royal Highness “H.R.H.” while adopted members of the Royal House, their spouses and children use the style of His or Her Highness “H.H.”.

The Flag of Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram


The flag of the sultanate is bright red and bears the highly stylised image of the Gateway to Mecca (which constitutes the main territorial symbol in the coat of arms of the Sultanate) and below it, the State badge of the Sultanate, the keris = (First Heir-Apparent) and spear = (Second Heir-Apparent), both turned from the hoist. The canton of green bears the image of the inflamed crescent and star (shown in its full colours, that is, the crescent and the star are white and the flames are yellow) as well as two equal stripes, of blue and of white, at the hoist. Below the canton, a roundel white is placed as a representation of the pearl. The flag’s proportions are 2:3, although, when flown together with the flag of the Republic of the Philippines or on other similar occasions, it may be of the proportions 1:2.

Official Coat of Arms


Tierced per pale: Vert, a crescent Argent with a flame Or issuant from its interior, enclosing a five-rayed star of the second (the arms of devotion, borne also for the religious authority of the sultans as well as for the royal house of Kiram); Gules, a gateway represented as two pillars Argent set on a doorstep of the same and above, by Zulfiqar also Argent, hilt and pommel in chief Or and blades resting on the pillars (“the Gateway to Mecca”, for the Royal Sultanate of Sulu); and Vert, a Borneo roofed boat Or ensigned by a fringed umbrella Argent (for the part of Royal Sultanate of Sulu known as the territory of North Borneo).

The shield is ensigned with the songkok [ceremonial cap] of the sultan, above which on a wreath Argent and Azure for the crest is set Zulfiqar Argent, its hilt and pommel Or turned upwards, its blades enclosing a pearl Argent.

For supporters are set two sea-tigers embowed and guardant Or, langued Gules and striped Sable; that to the dexter holding in his sinister paw a keris Argent hilted Or, and that to the sinister, in his dexter paw, a spear Argent hafted Or.

​The shield is surrounded with the collar of the royal order of the pearl.

The Royal robe (which is Vert, bordered twice Azure and Argent with double flames Or set on the borders’ lengthwise partition, lined Argent, corded and tasselled Or) is ensigned with the Royal crown of Sulu. Above and behind the crown, the State Gonfanon is issuant, which is represented as a traditional sail-flag [sambulayan] Vert, bearing a chief enhanced per fess Azure and Argent, and two flames Or, each charged with a smaller flame per fess Azure and Argent, issuant over the stripe.

The sambulayan is adorned with pleated edges Or instead of a fringe, and surmounted with a small standard Vert ensigned with the inflamed crescent and star emblem Or; at the sides, the sambulayan’s horizontal staff is pommetty Or and corded of the same, with small triangular flags Gules sans nombre adorning the cords.

For the motto, “TUBUH SUG SARAYAW RAYAW” is written in characters Sable on a ribbon Or, which ribbon is placed below the shield; and for the slogan, “LABI MARAYAW” is written in characters Argent on a ribbon Gules, which ribbon is placed above the Gonfanon.

H.M. Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram seated beside his mother Dayang Dayang Farida Tan Kiram with father Sultan Mohammad Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram and brother Datu Yldon Tan Kiram standing

Members of the Royal House


  • Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram
  • Dayang Dayang Pangian Mellany Serman Kiram
  • Raja Muda Mohammad Ehsn Serman Kiram (eldest son and heir apparent)
  • Maharaja Adinda Datu Nizamuddin Serman Kiram (second heir apparent)
  • Dayang Dayang Rahela Serman Kiram
  • Maharaja Layla Datu Jihad Serman Kiram (third heir apparent)
  • Datu Mujahid Serman Kiram
  • Dayang Dayang Redha Serman Kiram
  • Datu Mahakuttah Serman Kiram


His Majesty’s brother and sisters and their spouses:

  • Datu Yldon Tan Kiram
    • Dayang Dayang Myrla Sacapanyo Kiram
  • Dayang Dayang Xuharra Tan Kiram Mohammad
    • Mr. Hadji Pyzar Mohammad
  • Dayang Dayang Dinwasa Tan Kiram Delos-Santos
    • Mr. Noel Delos-Santos
  • Dayang Dayang Nur Mahal Tan Kiram
  • Dayang Dayang Ayesha Tan Kiram-Abdulla
  • Dayang Dayang Tanya Rowena Tan Kiram-Tahil
    • Mr. Kimal Tahil


His Majesty’s uncles and aunts:

  • Dayang Dayang Jamdatul Kiram (widow of His Majesty’s uncle Datu Iskader Abdulla Kiram)
  • Datu Fuad Abdulla Kiram
  • Dayang Dayang Emelee Kiram
  • Dayang Dayang Parmaisuli Abdulla Kiram-Guerzon


In addition to the bloodline members of the Royal House of Sulu, the following have also been royally adopted by His Majesty:

  • Datu Cheong Ming Lam
  • Dayang Dayang Yoke Ching Looi

Geneological Chart