Who’s who of the Jordanian Royal Family

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The past year has seen a lot for the Jordanian Royal Family to celebrate, and as the country prepares for a new royal baby, we explain who’s who of the Jordanian Royal Family.

King Abdullah

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King Abdullah was born on 30 January 1962 to King Hussein and Princess Muna. Throughout his life, he was heir to the throne off and on. He was educated in Jordan, England and the United States. He underwent military training at Sandhurst and had a successful military career. He met Queen Rania in 1993 and married her the same year. They have four children: Crown Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem. He was made Crown Prince of Jordan two weeks before his father’s death in February 1999. Abdullah became King of Jordan at that time and made Rania his queen just over a month later. 

Queen Rania

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Rania Al-Yassin was born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait on 31 August 1970. She was educated in Kuwait and Egypt and worked for Apple in Amman. Rania met Prince Abdullah at a dinner party in 1993, and the pair married later that year. They have four children. King Abdullah came to the throne in 1999, and he granted Rania the title of Queen of Jordan a little over a month later. Queen Rania is very active on social media and in the community for causes close to her heart. 

Crown Prince Hussein

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Crown Prince Hussein was born on 28 June 1994 to the then Prince Abdullah and Princess Rania, during the reign of his grandfather and namesake, King Hussein. Hussein was educated in Jordan and later the United States where he earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He also trained and graduated from Sandhurst in the UK. King Abdullah made Hussein his heir in 2004. A royal decree was issued in 2009 making Hussein the Crown Prince of Jordan. The Crown Prince regularly attends royal events and engagements on behalf of the Crown and serves as Regent when his father is out of the country.

Princess Rajwa

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Rajwa Al Saif was born on 28 April 1994 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the youngest of four children. Through her mother, she is related to the Saudi Royal Family with King Salman as her first cousin twice removed. She was educated in Saudi Arabia before attending university in the United States. She received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University in New York. She also studied at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, obtaining an associate’s degree in visual communications. Rajwa later worked as an architect in California before her engagement to Crown Prince Hussein was announced. They married on 1 June 2023 and are expecting their first child this summer. King Abdullah issued a Royal Decree on the day of her wedding, giving her the title of Princess of Jordan. 

Princess Iman

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Princess Iman is the first daughter of King Abdullah and Queen Rania. She was born during the reign of her grandfather, King Hussein, on 27 September 1996. She graduated from the International Amman Academy in 2014 before enrolling at Georgetown University. She later transferred to Parsons School of Design where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Princess Iman married Jameel Alexander Thermiótis (born in Venezuela) on 12 March 2023. Princess Iman is not in the line of succession as women cannot ascento d the throne in Jordan. 

Princess Salma

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Princess Salma was born on 26 September 2000 to King Abdullah and Queen Rania. She graduated from the International Amman Academy in 2018 and later received her bachelor’s degree in archaeology from the University of Southern California in 2023. Salma has a historic military career as she is the first female jet pilot in Jordan. She attended Sandhurst for military training in 2018. Like her sister, she is not in the line of succession. 

Prince Hashem

Prince Hashem is the youngest child of King Abdullah and Queen Rania, born on 30 January 2005 (meaning he shares a birthday with his father). He appears at royal events with his family and graduated from high school in May 2023 from the King’s Academy. He is currently attending university in the United States. Royal News will not reveal the name of the university out of respect for the royal. He is second in line to the Jordanian throne. 

Princess Muna

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Princess Muna was born Toni Avril Gardiner on 25 April 1941 in the United Kingdom. She met King Hussein either while working as a secretarial assistant on the set of the film Lawrence of Arabia or while her father was working as a military adviser in Jordan. The exact details aren’t clear, but she married King Hussein on 25 May 1961, converting to Islam and changing her name to Muna. They had four children together: King Abdullah, Prince Faisal, Princess Aisha and Princess Zein. Muna and Hussein divorced in 1972. Princess Muna still resides in Jordan. 

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About the Author

Brittani Barger
Brittani is from the United States and has been researching, writing and reporting on the royals for over a decade. Successfully gaining exclusives and interviews with royals across the globe, Brittani left her role as an editor for another news site to help bring you Royal News. She's been seen on BBC World, WION News and other news programs to discuss the royal families.

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