King Abdullah marks 25 years on the Jordanian throne

By CC-BY-4.0:© European Union 2019 – Source: EP, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

King Abdullah II of Jordan marks 25 years on the Hashemite throne today.

On 7 February 1999, he ascended the Jordanian throne after the death of his father, King Hussein, who died at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer.

Abdullah was not raised as the heir to the throne. Abdullah occasionally served as regent when his father was out of the country, but that was mainly the responsibility of his uncle, Hassan. It was only two weeks before King Hussein’s death when he was named Crown Prince of Jordan. King Hussein changed his heir from his brother, Hassan, to his eldest son. Until then, Abdullah thought his life would be spent working in the military.

The new King Abdullah appeared before the Jordanian parliament just a few hours after his father’s death and swore an oath to God and the country: “I swear by Almighty God to uphold the constitution and to be faithful to the nation.”

Afterwards, the Speaker of the Senate read from the Quran and said: “God, save His Majesty… God, give him advice and take care of him.”

King Abdullah proclaimed his wife, Rania, as Queen of Jordan on 22 March 1999, making her the youngest queen in the world at that time.

King Abdullah’s investiture as monarch came a few months later on 9 June 1999.

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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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