DYMM Raja Zarith Sofia binti Sultan Idris Shah was born on 14 August 1959. She was educated at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College and later at Somerville College, Oxford. She is the Chairperson of the Community Services Committee of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, a Royal Fellow at the School of Language and Linguistic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and writes the column Mind Matters for The Star.
Briefly, DYMM Sultan Ibrahim ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Iskandar Al-Haj was born on 22 November 1958 and was made Tunku Mahkota of Johor in 1981. Sultan Ibrahim was installed as the Sultan of Johor on 23 January 2010 following the demise of his father, Sultan Mahmud Iskandar. Sultan Ibrahim received prior military training at Fort Benning in Georgia and Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
The royal couple was married in 1983.