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King and his new custard queen take the biscuit.

YOU'D think being crowned king would put a smile on anyone's face ... but not Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the newly-elected monarch of Malaysia.

In fact, the 73-year-old Sultan looks as if he's just swallowed a lemon.

But that's not particularly surprising when you consider his obvious affinity with everything yellow.

Sultan Salahuddin - seen here taking custardy of his new wife Tenghu Permaisuri Selangor Siti Aishah - will take over as the country's 11th king from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Ja'afar, on April 26.

Malaysia's constitutional monarch, appointed by nine state rulers, is chosen by secret ballot.

They take turns to assume the royal title every five years. The king is the country's symbolic head of Islam.

One of his other jobs is to make sure that the Malaysian navy is right up to scratch.

It looks like the next addition to the fleet will be a Yellow Submarine.
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Date:Feb 28, 1999
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