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Old 10-30-2006, 04:49 PM
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Hi there, thank so much for posting to here.... where did u get the first picture on left side from?? I dont see it from Petra news... Its really beautiful pixs...
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:35 PM
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princes noor lookes very elegant, classy and very pregnant Congrats!
I like the twoo day outfits of rania but for the evenning I am not sur like BeatrixFan said she seems to be having an off-day this time.
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Yikes! The gloves are BROWN! That's even worse than when they (I thought) were black! YIKES!
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:41 PM
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Yikes! The gloves are BROWN! That's even worse than when they (I thought) were black! YIKES!
LOL I thought the same, black is bad but not as bad as brown!LOL
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:44 PM
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Well, finally a nice tiara and outfit for Laurentien! She looks nice, and I have never seen Louise's bandeau looking better.
Queen Beatrix looks nice to, very statuesque and majestic. I like her jewels, but I always prefer whopper-tiara's.
Margriet had to use the smaller drop pearls for the emerald tiara, which look much better on it. They should never use the big drop pearls (that Q Beatrix has on her tiara now) on this tiara again.

Queen Rania has had better days. Though she is a pretty woman, I do not like the combination of the l'oreal wave hair with a tiara. The dress must be very unpractical, it has the shape of a mermaid, which must be difficult with her foot problems. Still I like the way she stoically accompanies her husband on this visit.
King Abdallah seems radiant on all the pictures I saw & seems a very good natured man, almost fond to see Queen Beatrix (though it is easy to read to much into facial expressions on photos).
Princess Noor looks great IMO, she seems to glow and I like her discrete tiara.
Princess Rahma looks nice to, very nice embroidery/pattern on her dress.
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:51 PM
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very nice pictures all of them Who is the couple on the right above ??? on the official picture ???
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I usually love Rania's outfits, but this one has way too much going on, as a previous poster noted. It's like she put on all her favorite new things at once even though they don't really go together. Very strange, and not really flattering.

Have one of our Arabic posters figured out the calligraphy in her tiara says? I'm very curious. Is that a new tiara, or one that has been in the family?

Is there a better picture of Rahma (I think that's her; the one behind Abdullah?). Her dress looks really nice. I also like her hair pulled up and back, but then left to hang loose down her back. My favorite outfit tonight!

Laurentien's dress is very nice too. Though I think I would have liked a necklace to fill in that wide neckline. I know there isn't much she can do with hair that short, but it's pulled back so tight.

Love Margriet's black dress with the glorious pearls in contrast. She always dresses so well.
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:55 PM
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The pics are wonderful. Is stunnig see Rania make esford to remain all the apoitmans. I just don't like very mucht the gala dress, the tiara and the hiar do. Something is beating bad...!
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Princess Noor looks the best in my opinion. She looks absolutely beautiful and radiant!
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Hello, can someone identify the lady behind King Abdullah in the group photo? She looks like she is wearing the tiara Queen Rania wore during a state visit to England - where she wore a black lace top and black leather skirt. Can someone confirm if it is indeed Queen Rania's tiara. Not sure if my eyes are deceiving me. Thanks.

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From www.koninklijkhuis.nl:

Speech by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands on the occasion of the state visit of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen of Jordan

The Hague, Noordeinde Palace, 30 October 2006

Your Majesty,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and Queen Rania here this evening. Through you we salute a country with an ancient civilisation that is nevertheless characterised by modernisation and reform, a nation which plays an important, positive role in a Middle East that has for so long been torn by conflict and violence. Tragically, your country too experienced this violence at first hand last year, when brutal attacks took place in Amman. That event also had a profound impact in our country. We are therefore all the more delighted now to be able to greet you both in the Netherlands.

Your Majesty,
Jordan is the custodian of a rich historical heritage. The region known as the ‘Fertile Crescent’, to which your country belongs, was the birthplace of human civilisation. Over a period of many thousands of years, various cultures left their traces there, from Assyrians and Egyptians to Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Arabs. Archaeologists explore the rich legacy of this past, while tourists come in great numbers to admire the unique city of Petra and other impressive historic sites in your country.
Scholarly interest in the Arab world has a long history in our country. Only a few years after the opening of Leiden University in 1575, a chair in Arabic and other Middle Eastern languages was established. That chair is still in existence and the study of the Arab world flourishes at our universities. As early as the seventeenth century, the Dutch painter Cornelis de Bruyn travelled to the Middle East and recorded its historic monuments with remarkable accuracy in his drawings. To this very day, Dutch artists draw inspiration from the age-old treasures of your country.

Founded on the ancient traditions and distinctive cultures of earlier empires, modern Jordan is a plural, tolerant and democratic country with a dynamic and highly educated population. Following in the footsteps of your greatly esteemed father, King Hussein, you yourself play a central role in the ongoing process of modernisation and adjustment in the political and economic domain. The challenges confronting Jordan, with its fast growing population, are considerable. You are faced with the difficult task of offering the many young people in your country the prospect of a meaningful future. The awareness that economic growth must go hand-in-hand with concern for the environment and for the preservation of your rich cultural and historical heritage makes this responsibility even more complex. The first steps have been taken in this direction with the policy of gradual reform set out in the National Agenda. The course on which your Government has thus embarked is fully supported by our country and the European Union.

In a turbulent part of the world your country has succeeded, both in the past and during recent developments, in maintaining good relations with its neighbours and has often played a pioneering role in this regard. Through the years, Jordan has dedicated itself to peace and stability in the region, and in 1994 concluded a peace agreement with Israel.
Jordan’s history is closely linked to that of the three great monotheistic religions. Against that background, your great personal dedication to encouraging dialogue between Islam and the West comes to the fore. In this endeavour, you are continuing the work of your father and of your uncle, Prince Hassan. In various speeches you have referred to the tolerant and benevolent aspects of Islam, even towards those who think differently, and to the importance of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. You emphasised that Islam is not a religion of violence and terrorism but one of moderation, forgiveness and mercy. These values and ideals also form the core of the ‘Amman message’, delivered in 2004, which rejected terrorism and stressed that peace must be the foundation for relations between Muslims themselves and with others.

Your Majesty,
The relations between our two countries are good – and have always been so. Our cooperation has been strengthened and intensified in recent years in both the political and social fields. Dutch people living in Jordan are active in many different areas, not only in trade and enterprise but also in the cultural field and in civil society organisations such as your deaf-blind institute. Jordanians, in turn, have invested in Dutch agriculture. Trade missions from each country have visited the other. While our countries mostly work together within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, our bilateral cooperation is certainly significant.

Your Majesty,
The excellent relations between our two countries are reflected in the warm ties between our two families. Many members of our families of different generations meet each other regularly. Your father paid an official visit to the Netherlands and ten years later my husband and I went to Jordan. Your State visit is in keeping with this tradition and we are delighted to welcome you.
May I invite all present to raise their glasses with me and to drink to your health, to that of Queen Rania, and to a bright – and peaceful – future for the Jordanian people.
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Old 10-30-2006, 06:18 PM
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Queen Rania disappointed me this time around. In past state visits 99% of the time she looks stunning. But for this visit it looks like she didn't have time to do her hair and just plopped a tiara (a beautiful on I might add) on her head grabbed the nearest pair of gloves without looking at the colour. The dress is nice but she could have lost the gloves. She didn't even have to do a fancy up-do pulling her hair back into a nice simple french twist would have been nice. Having her hair down take away from the tiara. Princess Noor looks beautiful too.
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Okay, I am confused. Is Prince Hazmah HM's brother? or half-brother?
His wife is Noor. Who is Princess Rahma and who is she accompanied by in the formal picture?

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Prince Hazmah is HM half brother. His mother is Queen Noor but not related to Princess Noor :)

I think Princess Rahma is a cousin but I am not sure of the familial connection.
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Okay, I am confused. Is Prince Hazmah HM's brother? or half-brother?
His wife is Noor. Who is Princess Rahma and who is she accompanied by in the formal picture?

Thank you in advance,
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Prince Hamzah is King abdullah half-brother. He is Queen Noor's oldest son. Who Princess Rahma is accompanied by I don't know. and your welcome Linda 85
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The best dressed are Noor, Beatrix, Rahma and Margriet. I agree with the consensus on Rania's dress and the color of gloves...maybe its a new fashion look...who knows?! Noor looks radiant!

Laurentien...oh...what can I say. I like the dress...but I think that the top of it is too loud, big, etc. It over powers the rest of the dress. And its too bad that Beatrix and Laurentien couldn't trade tiaras. Laurentien looks too big for her hair and Beatrix's looks too small for hers!
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Princess Laurentien looks to be the best dressed woman tonight!
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Prince Hamzah is King abdullah half-brother. He is Queen Noor's oldest son. Who Princess Rahma is accompanied by I don't know. and your welcome Linda 85
Princess Rahma is the eldest daughter of King Abdullah's uncle Prince Hassan (till 1999 the crown prince of Jordan). She is accompanied by her husband Alaa Batayneh.
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Thanks for the information Veram98. Interesting choice...who chooses who gets to go on State Visits? Does Princess Rahma live in the Netherlands?
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Laurentien...oh...what can I say. I like the dress...but I think that the top of it is too loud, big, etc. It over powers the rest of the dress. And its too bad that Beatrix and Laurentien couldn't trade tiaras. Laurentien looks too big for her hair and Beatrix's looks too small for hers!
Actually I think the laurel tiara and the pearl tiara are simular in size. The Queen just likes to hide her jewels in her coiffure.
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