Queen of Malaysia
Hijri 1393–Present (AH); Common Era 1973–Present (CE)
Tuanku Nur Zahirah , crowned Her Majesty / Raja Permaisuri Agong in 1973, has placed an emphasis on education and social welfare in Malaysia. During the aftermath of the tsunami that devastated the region (December 2004), Nur Zahariyah collected donations for victims. The following year, she was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM) Terengganu, which recognized her contribution in organizing various charity works for the people in the state of Terengganu. In 2006, Nur Zahariyah gave the opening remarks for the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Third Women Advisory Panel Meeting. At the meeting, participants decided to finance small-size projects for women in efforts to combat poverty. Nur Zahariyah is known for her devotion to children, and not just to the four of her own. A local foundation of the Royal Family distributes milk bottles and breast pumps to mothers. She is the Patron of a Tadika An Nur, a well established public pre-school in Terengganu.