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The Royal Court of Jordan Released New Portraits of Queen Rania Ahead of Her 52nd birthday

The Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan released three new portraits of Queen Rania ahead of her 52nd birthday on August 31, 2022. Her Majesty looked resplendent in three outfits (which are all repeat ensembles) with her gorgeous blond hair styled draping on her shoulder.

Biography:

She was born Rania Al-Yassin on August 31, 1970, in Kuwait to Palestinian parents. In 1991, during Gulf War, her family fled to Amman, Jordan for safety, the same year that she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from The American University in Cairo (Egypt).

Queen Rania of Jordan. Photo: Royal Hashemite Court

Queen Rania first worked at Citibank, Amman, Jordan, and later moved to the marketing department of Apple Inc, also in Amman, Jordan.

In 1993, she met Prince Abdullah, son of King Hussein and Princess Muna. They got married on June 10, 1993, and have four children together: Crown Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma, and Prince Hashem.

The King and Queen of Jordan and their children
Credit: Queen Rania IG

Prince Abdullah succeeded his father as monarch on February 7, 1999, and on March 22, 1999, he proclaimed his wife as Queen Consort.

Without the official proclamation, Rania would have only Princess consort, just like her mother-in-law, Princess Muna, and Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (wife of King Mohammad VI), who were both not proclaimed as Queen consort by their respective husbands.

Queen Rania of Jordan. Photo: Royal Hashemite Court

Advocacy, roles, and works:

Since her marriage and becoming a royal, Queen Rania has launched and championed several initiatives in education and learning, and used her voice to promote her advocacy to improve the lives of Jordanians and underprivileged children around the world. 

She established the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) in 1995 and developed the Jordan River Children Program (JRCP) to place children's welfare above political agendas and cultural taboos. 

Queen Rania of Jordan. Photo: Royal Hashemite Court

This led to the launch, in 1998, of JRF's Child Safety Program, which addresses the immediate needs of children at risk from abuse and initiated a long-term campaign to increase public awareness about violence against children. 

In July 2005, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the King and Queen launched an annual teachers' award, the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education.

Queen Rania performing public duties Credit: Queen Rania IG

She is also the Chairperson of Jordan's first interactive children's museum, which opened in May 2007. She also established The Queen Rania Al Abdullah Center for Educational Technology on 6 June 2001, aiming to use modern technology to serve and develop education in Jordan.

Credit: Queen Rania IG

In 2009, Her Majesty championed the 1 Goal campaign for education. She also served as a Global Honorary Chair of the UN Girl’s Education Initiative, and has advocated access to education in international forums and gatherings.

The Queen Rania Teacher Academy, which was launched in June 2009, provides professional development programs for current and new teachers in partnership with the Ministry of Education. 

King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania. Credit: Queen Rania IG

The Queen Rania Scholarship Program partners with several universities from around the world to support scholarships and training for Jordanian students and workers in different fields of interest.

Her Majesty advocates for the rights, needs, and aspirations of refugees and the world’s most vulnerable populations. She has taken part in numerous related global events, including co-chairing a roundtable at the 2016 UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants.

Through her position on their boards, Her Majesty contributes to the work of the United Nations Foundation and the World Economic Forum. 

She is UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children, and she was on the UN-appointed High-Level Panel that advised on the shape and content of the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to improve the lives of millions of people before 2030. 

In October 2020, Her Majesty also serves on the International Rescue Committee’s Board of Advisors and is a member of the environmental Earthshot Prize Council, launched by Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge.

She was the first royal to ever have a personal official social media profile when she opened a Twitter account in 2009. 

Today, Her Majesty has an official instagram account and a YouTube channel. In her own words: "It's about using social media for social change: creating a community of advocates who can use their voices on behalf of the voiceless".

She regularly shares news about her activities on social media, including her advocacy campaigns, and important family events. This year, two of her children got officially engaged, Princess Iman and Crown Prince Hussein.

Queen Rania and her newly engaged daughter, Princess Iman
Credit: Queen Rania IG

Queen Rania and Rajwa Al Saif, fiancee of the Crown Prince
Credit: Queen Rania IG

The King and Queen, their newly engaged son, Crown Prince Hussein, and his fiancee, Rajwa Al Saif
Credit: Royal Hashemite Court Twitter

Queen Rania has authored several children’s books, including the New York Times best-seller, the Sandwich Swap, which was inspired by her own childhood experiences.  

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