HRH Prince Abdullah of Jordan and Rania al Yassin
June 10, 1993
Prince Abdullah, oldest son of King Hussein of Jordan, proposed to Rania al Yassin a mere two months after meeting her at a January dinner party, and married her in June of the same year. She was 22 years old, the daughter of a Palestinian doctor and had worked in the corporate world; he was 31 and was preparing for a life devoted to the military. At the time of their whirlwind romance, neither knew that they would end up as Jordan’s king and queen.
As we’ve discussed in the past, Abdullah was not the crown prince at the time of his marriage. That job belonged to his uncle, Hassan; it wasn’t until right before King Hussein’s death that Abdullah was named as crown prince. Abdullah became the King of Jordan in 1999. Together, King Abdullah and Queen Rania have four children.
Queen Mother’s: if she had known she was eventually going to be queen, would she still have picked this design? It’s quite grand and all that, but it has dated with time and now seems to stand more for the makeover Rania gave herself when her husband came to the throne than for anything else. Regardless, this is one of the gowns I receive the most requests for, so tell me…
What do you think of Rania’s dress?
Photos: Corbis/Vanity Fair