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Queen Rania of Jordan: A Remarkable Journey

Amid the global fascination with the British Royal Family, it’s often easy to overlook the stories of other prominent royal families around the world and their unique contributions to leadership and social progress. This article aims to shine a spotlight on the reign of Queen Rania of Jordan, celebrated not only for her education and achievements but also for her extraordinary coronation at the age of 28, making her the youngest living queen globally. At just 28, Rania assumed the mantle of leadership and established herself as a practical and deeply engaged monarch whose connection to her people is genuine and deep.

A People’s Monarch

Rania Al Abdulla’s story started in Kuwait City, where she was born to a Palestinian doctor and his educated wife whose main responsibility was creating a nurturing home. Growing up in a tight-knit family with an older sister and a younger brother, Rania’s life was marked by the conflict, a circumstance familiar to many Palestinians, and after the outbreak of the Gulf War in 1991, she found herself once again on the move and this time to the Kingdom of Jordan.

Nurtured by well-educated parents, Rania’s character reflects the resilience that is needed for communities who live in the shadow of war. Despite the troubles, she pursued her education at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. Her professional trajectory began in the Marketing Department at Citibank and later moved to the Apple Computers head office in Amman, the capital city of Jordan.

In January 1993, Rania’s life took a turn when she joined a friend as a plus-one at a dinner party and met her future husband, King Abdullah II of the reigning Hashemite Dynasty. Their engagement took place just two months after their first meeting and culminated in marriage six months later. As of 2023, they have been together for 30 years and share four children between them. Rania al Yaseen became Queen Rania al Abdulla in a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony where she broke with the tradition of wearing a tiara. Casting aside this ornament, Queen Rania embraced her role with humility and took on her position as a Queen of the people and a public servant. Her character is marked not just with resilience but modesty and dignity in the face of excess.

Championing Royal Duties

Since assuming her role as Queen Consort, Rania has navigated a spectrum of challenges across the region. Facing issues such as public health, education, and immigration, Queen Rania has worked to organize and address the challenges that are unfolding in both Jordan and the Middle East. Her influence extends all the way to the United Nations and UNICEF as well as to several local universities, research groups, and women’s organizations. The social-media savvy queen is known for having an active online presence spanning YouTube, Twitter (now “X”), Facebook and others which feature the many causes she supports.

Queen Rania’s Perspective: Embracing Nuance

In her own words, Queen Rania offers a refreshing perspective on current tendencies that people have across the world today “Where you see everything in black and white (good/bad, right/wrong, black/white), the most important lesson I’ve learned is that 99% of the time, things fall into a gray area…when you see everything in black and white, you lose out on the nuanced middle ground where the answers usually lie.”

Queen Rania is dedicated to fostering positive societal change and promoting connections between people near and far. As a Muslim woman, she epitomizes the qualities and character that girls aspire to emulate—intelligence, modesty, style, and grace.

Her legacy serves as a beacon of inspiration to many.  She encourages us to embrace the complexities of life and look for solutions in the gray areas of our world.

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Hannah

Hannah

Founder, Smart Girl, Survivor, Champion of womens rights and kids rights

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