Queen Rania of Jordan hosts celebration ahead of Hussein's wedding
Here comes the bride! Queen Rania of Jordan gives emotional tribute to her son Crown Hussein in touching speech in first celebration ahead of his wedding
- Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan is engaged to Saudi-born Rajwa Al-Saif, both 28
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Queen Rania of Jordan paid an emotional tribute to her son Crown Hussein in a touching speech in the first celebration ahead of his wedding to Rajwa Al-Saif next week.
It was announced in September that Sandhurst graduate Hussein, 28, is set to wed Saudi Arabian-born Rajwa, also 28, after an engagement ceremony at the bride-to-be’s family home in Riyadh.
Hussein and Rajwa are set to marry in Jordan on 1 June at Zahran Palace in Amman, and the celebrations kicked off last night.
Queen Rania shared a number of photographs on Instagram showing her celebrating with bride-to-be Rajwa at her traditional pre-wedding henna party.
She wrote: ‘No celebration would be complete without our Jordanian family. Celebrating our beautiful Rajwa!’
Queen Rania of Jordan paid an emotional tribute to her son Crown Hussein in a touching speech in the first celebration ahead of his wedding to Rajwa Al-Saif next week
Queen Rania’s touching speech appeared to leave the bride-to-be in tears, and she dabbed her eyes throughout
Among the guests were a number of princesses, including Princess Iman bint Abdullah II and Princess Salma bint Abdullah II, as well as members of the Alseif family and women from across the kingdom.
The party featured performances of traditional Jordanian and Saudi songs by local artists Nedaa Shrara, Diana Karazon, and Zain Awad, as well as performances by Haleem Musical Group, Al Salt Girls Band, and Misk Dance Company.
It also included a Zaffeh for the bride-to-be and Henna drawing for guests.
Welcoming her guests, Queen Rania said, ‘I’m so happy that you could all be here to celebrate with us.
‘Today is a special day for us, and to our entire Jordanian family: Our joy is one and the same… near or far, you are all in our hearts today.’
She explained that like any mother, she has always dreamed of Crown Prince Al Hussein’s wedding.
‘Al Hussein is your son as much as he is mine – you are his family and this is your celebration,’ she added.
Queen Rania shared a number of photographs on Instagram showing her celebrating with bride-to-be Rajwa at her traditional pre-wedding henna party
Sharing a few words about her future daughter-in-law, the Queen described Miss Rajwa as ‘the sweetest and most beautiful bride-to-be’, adding that she is as precious to her as her daughters Princesses Iman and Salma.
‘I’ll never forget how happy His Majesty and I were when Al Hussein told us he wanted to marry Rajwa. She is the perfect answer to all my prayers for him,’ The Queen reflected, before wishing the couple a blessed and happy future.
‘May you always be each other’s source of happiness and support,’ she said.
The Queen also noted that a daughter is usually a reflection of her mother, referring to the Crown Prince’s future mother-in-law by her first name, Azza, whom she described as a ‘gem.’
Addressing Mrs. Azza Al Sudairi, Rania explained that two months ago, right before Princess Iman’s wedding, she was in her position and knows how she must be feeling.
But she reassured her that ‘we and Al Hussein will take the very best care of Rajwa. This is her country, and she is among her family and her people.’
The Queen went on to say ‘as mothers, the one thing we truly want is to make sure that our children are happy.
The Queen also noted that a daughter is usually a reflection of her mother, referring to the Crown Prince’s future mother-in-law by her first name, Azza, whom she described as a ‘gem’
‘We often ask ourselves whether we did the best we can to raise our children. During His Majesty the late King Hussein’s final days and before his passing, I made him a promise to raise Al Hussein the way he wanted him to be raised.’
Describing Al Hussein as a brave, confident, and strong soldier, she likened the Crown Prince to his father, King Abdullah, admiring how he treats his bride, and his desire to see Jordanians not only coming together to join their wedding celebrations, but also be involved in its preparations.
‘That’s when I realized that he is a true, self-aware Hashemite, who is both a part of you, and here to serve you,’ she said.
Referring once again to the anecdote she shared about the late King Hussein, the Queen said ‘I can now tell His Majesty the late King Hussein that I was true to my word.’
Her Majesty concluded by thanking and welcoming her guests. ‘Congratulations to us all, this is your celebration, just as it is ours,’ she said.
Sandhurst graduate Hussein, 28, is set to wed Saudi Arabian-born Rajwa, also 28, pictured together, next week
Rajwa received a degree from Syracuse University, New York, and studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles after completing her secondary education in Saudi Arabia.
She has worked at an architecture firm in Los Angeles and currently works at Designlab Experience design studio in Riyadh.
She is the youngest daughter of Khaled M. Al Saif and his wife, Azza bint Naif Al-Sudairi.
Mr Al Saif is CEO of the Al Saif Group, a privately-owned company with a diverse portfolio of businesses across healthcare, construction and security services, and is a board member of the Saudi-British Joint Business Council, which promotes trade between the two countries.
Crown Prince Hussein, the eldest of King Abdullah and Queen Rania’s four children, is a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown University, Washington D.C., and serviced in the Army after graduating from Sandhurst in 2017.
In 2015 he made history as the youngest person to chair a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
He made headlines last year when he hosted Prince William on a visit to the Middle East.
Proud mother Rania shared her joy on Instagram after the announcement of their engagement in September.
She posted a slideshow of images, writing: ‘I didn’t think it was possible to hold so much joy in my heart! Congratulations to my eldest Prince Hussein and his beautiful bride-to-be, Rajwa.
In Arabic, Rania continued: ‘I prayed to Allah – like me, like every mother – to grant you good and to find the one you love, Rajwa came.
‘Congratulations to my son, Prince Al-Hussein, and our precious and sweet bride Rajwa – May Allah bless you and make you happy and complete well.’
The couple took part in their first official engagement as husband-and-wife-to-be in October, as they visited the Royal Covenant.
And in a subtle nod to their relationship, Rajwa opted to wear a necklace featuring the initials ‘R’ and ‘H.’
Rajwa donned a smart white shirt for the occasion, which she paired with a lengthy black skirt.
Meanwhile she kept her accessories to a minimum, simply carrying a miniature white handbag.
The couple appeared in high spirits during the outing with one another, and were beaming as they visited the Royal Covenant.
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