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King Abdullah with Queen Rania

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah (born Rania Al-Yasin on August 31, 1970), is the Queen of Jordan and wife of King Abdullah II. She is known for her business savvy, elegance and outspokenness.


Early life

H.M. Queen Rania was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents. She was the daughter of a medical doctor, and thus grew up in a comfortable home on the West Bank with her two siblings. She received a thoroughly Western education, first at the New English School in Kuwait City and then at the American University in Cairo, where she graduated with a business degree.

Queen of Jordan

She married Abdullah on June 10, 1993. They have four children:

She has been an outspoken advocate of women's rights. As another mark of breaking traditional female roles in the Middle East, she was awarded the honorary rank of colonel in the Jordanian Armed Forces on June 9, 2004.

International Initiatives

In 2004, H.M. Queen Rania chaired the nomination committee for the newly founded Forum of Young Global Leaders, associated with the World Economic Forum.

External link

  • Official site (http://www.queenrania.jo)
  • Modern photo (http://www.younggloballeaders.org/htdocs/images/thumbnails/Queen_Rania.jpg) from the 2005 World Economic Forum site

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Women as Global Leaders - Queen Rania (1514 words)
Queen Rania is also establishing the first hands on children’s museum in the Kingdom with the mission to create interactive learning experiences that have the power to encourage and nurture lifelong learning for children and their families.
The Queen was invited to become a member of the Board in recognition of her concern for the state of the world and her commitment to engaging in collaborative efforts to meet the challenges of this century.
Queen Rania is Patron of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), and in October 2001 was awarded the prestigious Italian Government-sponsored Life Achievement Award in recognition of her efforts for the international cause of osteoporosis.
Hussein's Heir (1469 words)
Queen Rania Al-Abdallah, the woman they least expected to be their queen, has already found her way into the hearts of the Jordanian people.
Meanwhile Queen Rania pleasant personality and understanding heart is expected to heal the wounds fresh and old, for the fresh ones are rifts inherited from the first period of two queens in the court.
Rania completed her secondary schooling in Kuwait, and went on to study management at the American University in Cairo, where she was graduated in 1991.
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