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Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein is Officially Engaged! But Who is His Fiancee?

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan engagement

Her Majesty, Queen Rania of Jordan broke the news on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, that her eldest child and future King of Jordan, Crown Prince Hussein, is officially engaged! It led to many royal fans asking, "who is his bride-to-be?"

The announcement of the official engagement of Jordan's Crown Prince surprises many, even those who have followed Crown Prince Hussein's official instagram account, because none in recent memory that he ever shared moments with his girlfriend on social media.

Queen Rania and Rajwa Al Saif 
©Queen Rania instagram

Rajwa Al Saif and Crown Prince Hussein
©Alhusseinjo instagram

Unlike in Europe where the existence of royals is sort of an open book, that even secret dating can make its way to the press, in Jordan, the love life of their Crown Prince has never been reported in public. Thus, this engagement announcement came as a huge surprise.

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan engaged
Queen Rania, Rajwa Al Saif, Crown Prince Hussein, and King Abudallah II
Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan engaged
The newly engaged couple. Credit: Royal Palace of Jordan

Just three weeks ago, the Royal Palace of Jordan officially announced the engagement of Princess Iman to a New York-based financier. Princess Iman is the younger sister of Crown Prince Hussein.

Princess Iman, Crown Prince Hussein, and her fiance

Who is Crown Prince Hussein's bride-to-be?

There is not much information about the Crown Prince's fiancee but Bazaar Arabia was able to share some details about the future Crown Princess.

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan engaged
The newly engaged couple, Rajwa Al Saif and Crown Prince Hussein. Credit: Queen Rania IG

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan engaged
The newly engaged couple, Rajwa Al Saif and Crown Prince Hussein. Credit: Queen Rania IG

She is Rajwa Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al Saif of Saudi Arabia. She came from a wealthy family. She studied in New York at Syracuse University's College of Architecture. But no details what's her current job and where she is based.

The engagement took place at her father's home in Saudi Arabia with both the King and Queen of Jordan have attended the ceremony.

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan engaged
The newly engaged couple, Rajwa Al Saif and Crown Prince Hussein

She is expected to take the title, Crown Princess Rajwa of Jordan, upon marriage to Crown Prince Hussein. And will move to live in Jordan.

In recent years, most wives of Jordanian kings are not Jordanian nationals. Queen Rania is a Kuwaiti national. Two of her father-in-law, King Hussein's wives, Princess Muna and Queen Noor, are also not Jordanian nationals. 

Princess Muna (the mother of King Abdullah II, she was not declared Queen Consort, thus having a Princess title only) is British while Queen Noor is American.

Official engagement announcement

Both Queen Rania and The Royal Palace of Jordan shared the exciting news on instagram:

“The Royal Hashemite Court is pleased to announce the engagement of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II to Ms Rajwa Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al Saif, and extends its sincere congratulations on this occasion,” reads a post on Twitter from the official account of the court.

“I didn’t think it was possible to hold so much joy in my heart! Congratulations to my eldest Prince Hussein and his beautiful bride-to-be, Rajwa.” - Queen Rania

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan engaged

Crown Prince Hussein

We rarely hear news about the royalty in the Middle East. Unlike, the European royals, only few information about the Arab royals are shared in the global news, however, the Jordanian royals are the closest we could get for modern royals in Asian royalty. 

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan engaged
The newly engaged couple, Rajwa Al Saif and Crown Prince Hussein. Credit: Queen Rania IG

Crown Prince Hussein is very much a modern prince from the Middle East. He has an active instagram account where he regularly shares information about his royal duties and hobbies.

He shot to global fame in 2018 when he welcomed Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge during the latter's official visit to Jordan. Both men trained at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, albeit, at different times.

Crown Prince Hussein welcomed Prince William to Jordan

The two future kings shared bonds in sports and enjoyed watching the rerun of World Cup on television. Crown Prince posted a photo on his instagram with a caption: "Having a relaxing evening with His Royal Highness Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge after his first day in Jordan"

Prince William and Crown Prince Hussein watching World Cup on TV
Credit: Crown Prince's instagram

Although the eldest son of King Abdullah II, Crown Prince Hussein was not named heir apparent when his father ascended the throne in 1999. King Abdullah II named his half-brother, Prince Hamzah, as his heir-apparent.

In November 2004, he removed his half-brother as heir-apparent, and in 2009, he officially proclaimed his eldest son as the new Crown Prince and heir to the throne.

King Abdullah II is half-British, his mother, Princess Muna, was born Toni Gardiner and came from Suffolk, England. She changed her name to Muna Al-Hussein when she married King Hussein of Jordan in 1961. 

King Abdullah II, Crown Prince Hussein, and Queen Rania

Crown Prince Hussein obtained a degree in International History at Georgetown University in Washington, USA. He also completed his military training at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. 

He currently holds the rank of captain in the Jordanian armed forces and can fly a military helicopter. 

Just like his mother, Queen Rania, the Crown Prince runs a number of charitable efforts in Jordan through his Crown Prince Foundation.

No further announcement as to when the wedding will take place. The Royal Palace of Jordan has not announced also when will be the wedding of Princess Iman.

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