The preparations for the Jordanian Crown Prince’s marriage to a Saudi woman, the celebrations for it and the lives of the two are attracting a lot of interest not only in the Middle East but across the world.
So the point is that the wedding date of Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II and Saudi architect Razwa Al Saif is June 1, but before that glimpses of traditional celebrations have become the center of attraction on social media.
The formal official announcement of the couple’s engagement was made on August 10 last year and preparations are now in full swing for the royal wedding celebrations to take place in May and June this year.
The day of the royal couple’s wedding will be a public holiday in Jordan, with celebrities from all over the world attending the ceremony. What’s more, there will also be a free concert of Arab singers in the capital.
Prince Hussein of Jordan, in response to a question asked at a function recently, told that the story of his acquaintance with Razwa Al Saif was no different from other love stories and that a common friend had a hand in their meeting.
Recently, Queen Ranya of Jordan hosted a traditional mehndi party before her wedding. In this ceremony of Mehndi, traditional Jordanian and Saudi songs and songs were sung and traditional dance was also done to express happiness.
On this occasion Queen Ranya had to say, “Husain is my elder son. He is a young man (of the Hashemi clan). Like any other mother I dreamed of seeing him as a bridegroom. Husain is your son, you He has family and this ceremony is yours.”
He said, “Finally I have got a daughter-in-law but this is not a common daughter-in-law. God bless Razwa. For me she is as precious as my daughters (Iman and Salma).”
Who is Crown Prince Hussain bin Abdullah?
Prince Hussein was born on 28 June 1994 in Amman, the capital of Jordan. He is the elder son of King Abdullah II and Queen Ranya. He has a brother, Shahzada Hashim, and two sisters, Iman and Salma.
Prince Hussein completed his early education from King’s Academy in Jordan in 2012, after which he earned his degree in International History from Georgetown University in the US in 2016.
In 2017, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy, the same academy from which his father, King Abdullah II, and his grandfather, King Hussein bin Talal, graduated. Now he holds the rank of Captain in the Jordanian Armed Forces.
Prince Hussain was declared crown prince on July 2, 2009.
In the past few years, Prince Hussein has accompanied his father on domestic and foreign tours of Jordan. The truth is that from a young age he was seen in many government and military activities with his father.
According to the constitution of Jordan, the role of the Crown Prince is not political. In June 2010, Prince Hussein made his first official appearance after being crowned crown prince in 2009, when he represented his father at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Great Arab Revolt and Armed Forces in Jordan.
After that, Prince Hussein continued to represent the king on official and business visits to Jordan.
On 22 September 2017, Prince Hussein presided over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at the age of 20, becoming the youngest person ever to preside over a meeting of the Security Council.
In 2015, Prince Hussain laid the foundation of the Crown Prince Foundation through which he took many steps. Its purpose is to help Jordan’s youth for development in information technology, tourism and other important areas.
The most important initiative of this foundation was the one under which Jordanian youth were provided training opportunities in the American Space Agency ‘NASA’. After the same training and help, Jordan sent its first satellite (JY1-SAT) into space in 2018.
Who is Razwa Al Saif?
According to reports in the Arabic edition of the famous lifestyle magazine ‘Vogue’ and British news media, 28-year-old Razwa Al Saif’s father, Khalid Al Saif, is a well-known businessman and head of the Al Saif Group. This company is well known in the fields of health, construction and safety.
Rajwa was born on 28 April 1994 in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia and is the youngest of four siblings. After receiving his early education in Saudi Arabia, he graduated from the College of Architecture of Syracuse University in New York, USA.
Razwa took a nine-day visit to Dubai in 2016 during his studies, and told his university’s website, “This period was memorable for me because the students saw Arab culture and construction art for the first time.”
He said, “Dubai is a very attractive city, which has modern architecture, but the traditional beauty of Arab culture and history has been preserved.”
Prior to his engagement, Prince Hussein’s younger sister Princess Iman bint Abdullah was engaged to Jameel Alexander Thermutis during July last year.
Rajwa also holds a degree in Visual Communication from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.
She worked with an architecture firm in Los Angeles and later with a design studio in Riyadh.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had also given his best wishes on the betrothal of both.
Since Prince Hussein is the crown prince of Jordan, it is understood that soon after the marriage, Rajwa will also be given royal responsibilities.
Her dress and fashion sense are sometimes compared to Britain’s Princess of Wales Kate Middleton.
His future mother-in-law, Maharani Ranya, studied business administration at the American University in Cairo and worked in companies such as Citibank and Apple Computer before marriage.
On the occasion of the Mehendi party, Queen Ranya said, “The King and I were very happy when Al Hussein told that he wanted to marry Razwa. He is the best answer to my prayers.”
Queen Ranya said that Razwa is a diamond like her mother and the crown prince’s future mother-in-law, Izza bint Al Sadiri. “Me and al-Hussein will take care of Razwa. This is her country too, she will be among her family and her people.”
What do we know about this June 1st royal wedding?
According to the information given so far by the authorities in Jordan, the wedding ceremony will take place on June 1 at the Zahran Palace in Amman.
Zahran Palace was built in the mid-1950s and has been the venue for royal weddings since then. The marriage of Shah Abdullah II and his father Shah Hussain bin Talal also took place in this palace.
After the wedding ceremony, the convoy Zahran will proceed to Al Husseiniya Palace where the reception and dinner will be arranged.
According to Jordanian news media, some Arab singers will perform free concerts in Amman that day and free transport service will be available to attend some concerts. Apart from this, celebrations will be organized in all the states.
On that day a general holiday has been declared in all government departments. According to Jordan’s official news agency ‘Pitra’, work will be done in all ministries and departments till 1:00 pm on 31 May i.e. a day before the wedding.
According to ‘Pitra’, there are reports in foreign media that some celebrations are being organized in Italy’s island of Sardinia, which is false as all the celebrations will be held in Amman only.
Leaders, heads of state and important people from the Arab and international world are expected to attend the wedding of Jordan’s royal couple. Members of the royal families of Denmark and Sweden are expected to attend the ceremony.
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