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King Visits Tomb of Late King Hussein
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Pet0345 4 0098 King Visits Army Headquarters For Newspapers Only........... Amman, Nov. 16 (Petra)-- His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces visited on Wednesday the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces. His Majesty met with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Khaled Jamil Sarairah and discussed with him a number of issues of concern to the armed forces. //Petra// 161335 Local NOV 2005 
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Queen Rania "People" Magazine Article

I purchased the "People" magazine issue released the week before the bombings featuring Queen Rania. It was apparently done to promote her upcoming US visit (which was cancelled in the wake of the Amman attacks). Some excerpts from the 4 page spread:

Headline: A Very Modern Queen

Subhead: At 35, Rania of Jordan, balances work, motherhood, a leading role in a traditional Arab kingdom--and still has time for Desperate Housewives.


It is late afternoon, a.ka., the Whining Hour--that time when children grow restless and tummies begin to growl. And so Queen Rania of Jordan--Her Majesty to her subjects, Mama to her four young children with King Abdullah--sets about preparing katayef, savory cheese and walnut stuffed pancakes, with the help of her daughters, princesses Iman, 9, and Salma, 5. As the girls and their mom work, a nanny keeps an eye on 10 month old Prince Hashem, while KA, dressed in his off-duty uniform of combat pants and a T-shirt, appears briefly in the family's newly-built palace near Amman. Nearby, the couple's eldest son, Prince Hussein, 11, plays a computer game. "I am influenced by my son," the queen says with a laugh. "I listen to everything from 50 Cents to Coldplay to Alicia Keys to Norah Jones."

Yes, her Majesty Queen Rania--at 35, the world's youngest queen, who presides with her husband over a kingdom that dates back several thousand years--is a Coldplay fan. She's also a fashion designer's darling (Givenchy and Roland Mouret are favorites), a "Desperate Housewives" devotee and an outspoken advocate in her Muslim country for long-taboo causes like women's rights and victims of child abuse. Whether commanding attention at the 2004 World Economic Forum or plopping herself down on the floor with a dozen children at a puppet show to highlight child safety, Rania, as she is called by friends and colleagues, "is the epitome of modern royalty," says her pal Katie Couric. "She is such a terrific spokesperson for her country and the whole region. I'm a full-out gusher when I talk about her."


Unlike her royal counterparts in the west, the Kuwaiti-born Rania--who kicks off a US visit on November 16th to promote Arab-American relations--faces the daunting task of straddling modern and ancient worlds. "She has to constantly be aware of not offending, not stepping too far beyond the bounds of tradition and yet pushing just enough to keep the dialogue going and progress moving forward," says her friend Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of PBS. Rania has used her Jordan River Foundation to establish the country's first-ever center for abused children and to promote small loans for women starting their own businesses--moves that may have ruffled more feathers among Jordan's male-dominated old guard were it not for her smooth political charm.Says Mitchell "she has threaded the needle very carefully."

The balancing act extends to her 12 year marriage, itself a unique mix of traditional and modern mores. Rania praises Abdullah's "really good" barbeque skills; he defers to her modern decorating sense in the hilltop palace they moved into last year (the family also spends time in England and the Jordanian resort of Aqaba). Yet in a region where women traditionally have had a limited voice, "she has a natural ability to reach out," says Abdullah, 43, who unexpectedly ascended the throne in 1999, when his cancer-stricken father, King Hussein changed the line of succession shortly before he died. "We really work as a team," he says. "She covers areas that I am unable to dedicate much time to."

Her life changed forever in January 1993, when she attended a dinner party given by Abdullah's sister, Princess Aisha. "The minute Rania walked in, I knew it right there and then," says Abdullah. "It was love at first sight." His wife is more circumspect. "I knew he was KH's son and I was a bit wary of that," she says. "But I think he was quite interested, and he pursued it and it kind of happened." Five months later, the pair wed. "It was quick," says Rania, speaking in her flawless English. (Arabic is her first language). She says her own commoner's background allowed the romance to blossom naturally. "Nobody knew who I was, which was good."

The anonymity was to be short-lived, particularly after KH's 1999 death. Since then, Hussein's widow, the American-born Queen Noor, spends most of her time in the US and London, telling People in 2003 "I have the impression that it might give (Rania and Abdullah) a little bit more space and ease."


In the years following their accession, the royal couple says they have worked hard to remain as grounded as a couple of married monarchs can be. "We make sure to go to restaurants or go catch a movie somewhere, drive our own cars," says Rania, who often picks up her children from school behind the wheel of her Mercedes SUV (albeit with a security detail trailing her). Safety issues are always in the back of her mind--the late KH who faced opposition for his moderate views, survived several assassination attempts--"but it's not something I think about on a day to day basis," she says.

Instead, the multi-tasking queen, who missed the April wedding of friends Prince Charles and Camilla because she was still nursing Hashem, focuses on priorities: family and work. "It is a constant juggling act," she says. "Achieving that balance is about keeping some of the balls in the air most of the time."
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Thats a great article maryshawn, thanx for posting it:)
Though I still cant get over the fact that QR watches Desperate Houswives!
I dont know what people see in that show


King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan To Receive the Pope John Paul II Peace Prize

WASHINGTON - The Pope John Paul II Peace Prize for 2005 will be awarded to His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on November 16 at an international event honoring the late Pontiff.
"His Majesty King Abdullah II was chosen because of his efforts to broker peace and understanding and for his tireless work to peacefully settle conflicts that engender violence," said Msgr. William A. Kerr, executive director of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center,


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thanx maryshawn for posting the article ^_^
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"I liked the fact Queen Rania tried to keep the world's eye on the situation with her appeals and visit. This cause needs more high-profile supporters."

I completely agree, I'm glad to see Musharraf hasn't kept quiet over the issue. Moreover, when she recently received the "Glamour Woman of the Year Award", Mukhtar (the Pakistani woman who was the victim of a barbaric gang rape) urged the people attending to help the earthquake victims.

Thanks for the article, maryshawn, I especially like Prince Hussein's musical taste, with the exception of 50Cent, of course.
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Thats a great article maryshawn, thanx for posting it:)
Though I still cant get over the fact that QR watches Desperate Houswives!
I dont know what people see in that show
It's really campy and over-the-top, I think that's why so many people like it (at least that's why I would tune in):p

Sorry for going off topic:o
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I purchased the "People" magazine issue released the week before the bombings featuring Queen Rania. It was apparently done to promote her upcoming US visit (which was cancelled in the wake of the Amman attacks). Some excerpts from the 4 page spread:

Headline: A Very Modern Queen

Subhead: At 35, Rania of Jordan, balances work, motherhood, a leading role in a traditional Arab kingdom--and still has time for Desperate Housewives.


It is late afternoon, a.ka., the Whining Hour--that time when children grow restless and tummies begin to growl. And so Queen Rania of Jordan--Her Majesty to her subjects, Mama to her four young children with King Abdullah--sets about preparing katayef, savory cheese and walnut stuffed pancakes, with the help of her daughters, princesses Iman, 9, and Salma, 5. As the girls and their mom work, a nanny keeps an eye on 10 month old Prince Hashem, while KA, dressed in his off-duty uniform of combat pants and a T-shirt, appears briefly in the family's newly-built palace near Amman. Nearby, the couple's eldest son, Prince Hussein, 11, plays a computer game. "I am influenced by my son," the queen says with a laugh. "I listen to everything from 50 Cents to Coldplay to Alicia Keys to Norah Jones."

Yes, her Majesty Queen Rania--at 35, the world's youngest queen, who presides with her husband over a kingdom that dates back several thousand years--is a Coldplay fan. She's also a fashion designer's darling (Givenchy and Roland Mouret are favorites), a "Desperate Housewives" devotee and an outspoken advocate in her Muslim country for long-taboo causes like women's rights and victims of child abuse. Whether commanding attention at the 2004 World Economic Forum or plopping herself down on the floor with a dozen children at a puppet show to highlight child safety, Rania, as she is called by friends and colleagues, "is the epitome of modern royalty," says her pal Katie Couric. "She is such a terrific spokesperson for her country and the whole region. I'm a full-out gusher when I talk about her."


Unlike her royal counterparts in the west, the Kuwaiti-born Rania--who kicks off a US visit on November 16th to promote Arab-American relations--faces the daunting task of straddling modern and ancient worlds. "She has to constantly be aware of not offending, not stepping too far beyond the bounds of tradition and yet pushing just enough to keep the dialogue going and progress moving forward," says her friend Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of PBS. Rania has used her Jordan River Foundation to establish the country's first-ever center for abused children and to promote small loans for women starting their own businesses--moves that may have ruffled more feathers among Jordan's male-dominated old guard were it not for her smooth political charm.Says Mitchell "she has threaded the needle very carefully."

The balancing act extends to her 12 year marriage, itself a unique mix of traditional and modern mores. Rania praises Abdullah's "really good" barbeque skills; he defers to her modern decorating sense in the hilltop palace they moved into last year (the family also spends time in England and the Jordanian resort of Aqaba). Yet in a region where women traditionally have had a limited voice, "she has a natural ability to reach out," says Abdullah, 43, who unexpectedly ascended the throne in 1999, when his cancer-stricken father, King Hussein changed the line of succession shortly before he died. "We really work as a team," he says. "She covers areas that I am unable to dedicate much time to."

Her life changed forever in January 1993, when she attended a dinner party given by Abdullah's sister, Princess Aisha. "The minute Rania walked in, I knew it right there and then," says Abdullah. "It was love at first sight." His wife is more circumspect. "I knew he was KH's son and I was a bit wary of that," she says. "But I think he was quite interested, and he pursued it and it kind of happened." Five months later, the pair wed. "It was quick," says Rania, speaking in her flawless English. (Arabic is her first language). She says her own commoner's background allowed the romance to blossom naturally. "Nobody knew who I was, which was good."

The anonymity was to be short-lived, particularly after KH's 1999 death. Since then, Hussein's widow, the American-born Queen Noor, spends most of her time in the US and London, telling People in 2003 "I have the impression that it might give (Rania and Abdullah) a little bit more space and ease."


In the years following their accession, the royal couple says they have worked hard to remain as grounded as a couple of married monarchs can be. "We make sure to go to restaurants or go catch a movie somewhere, drive our own cars," says Rania, who often picks up her children from school behind the wheel of her Mercedes SUV (albeit with a security detail trailing her). Safety issues are always in the back of her mind--the late KH who faced opposition for his moderate views, survived several assassination attempts--"but it's not something I think about on a day to day basis," she says.

Instead, the multi-tasking queen, who missed the April wedding of friends Prince Charles and Camilla because she was still nursing Hashem, focuses on priorities: family and work. "It is a constant juggling act," she says. "Achieving that balance is about keeping some of the balls in the air most of the time."
Nice interesting article. Thanks for posting it:) :p
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Queen Rania wasn't able to attend the John Paul Legacy dinner but she sent in a taped message:

Queen Rania Sends Televised Message of Peace and Tolerance

Amman, Nov. 17(Petra)-- In recognition of his efforts in prompting peace and inter-religious dialogue between faiths, His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Wednesday, 16th of November, was awarded the first Pope John Paul II Peace Prize at an international event in Washington DC honoring the late Pontiff.

Speaking in a televised message aired during the ceremony, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, said: " even if I am not there in person, I feel the connection between us. Because community is not defined by proximity. It stems from the values we share."
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2005/Nov/17/28893800.htm

At the same ceremony:

King awarded first Pope John Paul II Peace Award

WASHINGTON (AP) — His Majesty King Abdullah was awarded the first Pope John Paul II Peace Award on Wednesday in recognition of his efforts to promote tolerance among the world's religions and tackle extremism.

The King, who did not attend the award ceremony, accepted it in a letter “on behalf of the people of my beloved Jordan and the entire Arab world. Millions are courageously standing up for peace and tolerance — the traditional Muslim values that are the heart of our heritage and our hope for the future.”
http://www.jordantimes.com/fri/homenews/homenews1.htm
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It's really campy and over-the-top, I think that's why so many people like it (at least that's why I would tune in):p
and what about Rania listening to 50 cent? I think her son might be a bad influence:p
I just found that so funny.

Its amazing how many articles about KA or QR mention cooking. Both of them have said they enjoy it and its great that they involve their kids in the whole thing.
I think its wonderful and a great way for the whole family to relax together.
Im not a great cook but I always enjoy occassions when a whole bunch of family members or even just my immediate family cook a meal together.
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and what about Rania listening to 50 cent? I think her son might be a bad influence:p
I just found that so funny.

Its amazing how many articles about KA or QR mention cooking. Both of them have said they enjoy it and its great that they involve their kids in the whole thing.
I think its wonderful and a great way for the whole family to relax together.
Im not a great cook but I always enjoy occassions when a whole bunch of family members or even just my immediate family cook a meal together.
(sorry to be again a little off topic)

to be honest, that sort of music tends to be marketed to teenagers anyway (I think). It's not really my taste at all (not one bit at all), although I'm glad the guy can be successful doing something he likes doing. I think it's nice that QR and her family can appreciate all kinds of music too:)

they're a very versitile bunch, I think:p

And yes, they always mention cooking as one of the main things their family likes to do together -- I heard an interview once where she talked about KA being very comfortable entertaining friends with meals that he himself prepares. (I think she said that KA really likes to cook, and he does it well -- all kinds of things. He really also likes to have his friends over to visit and to feed them.

I agree, I like doing that too -- I like having my friends over; some of the most fun we ever have is preparing a meal or sitting and talking for hours and hours with a little coffee or tea or a little sandwich in the kitchen...

My family does that all the time (they talk me to pieces though...):p

I enjoy it:p :)
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I think my prediction is coming true, Humera! Queen Rania and, more importantly, the children are taking over the kitchen--and KA's been relegated to the barbeque!!!:) I think it's cute!
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Since you all have been so gracious with my poorly presented typed version of Queen Rania's interview, I thought I would post the captions accompanying the photos and the page QR wrote from her diary. Bear with me if I mess up the names/wording as I couldn't be sure of all the words in her written account. The glossy paper it's printed on makes some of it difficult to read. Here goes:

ON THE JOB "There's mutual suspicion that has arisen between the east and west," says the Queen at her Amman palace. "It's crucial for us to very consciously try to challenge that."

LOVE STORY "He's got that old-fashioned manly quality, which is very attractive," Rania says of her husband, King Abdullah. "And he's a very open-minded kind of guy."

HOMEWORK "Every day I have to reprioritize," says Rania (in her palace office) of her juggling act. Although it's difficult to be away from home on business, she says "we have a system where if I'm away, His Majesty's here, and vice versa."

STAR POWER Since becoming queen, Rania has charmed leaders around the globe. "She has this way of deporting herself in public so you never have the feeling she's trying to trade on the way she looks," says former President Bill Clinton. "She has genuine, intense conviction."

NO CROWN NECESSARY "The young relate to her," Maha Khatib of the Jordan River Foundation says of the queen, who favors casual wear and no head covering. "She has this ability to maintain her Arabic style with a modern approach."


Queen Rania's diary is a sheet of yellow legal paper where she writes about one of her recent day's work and family time. I thought it interesting--and exhausting!

Managed to get up at 03:45 and woke Hussein up for a bite to eat before starting our fast. Performed prayers. As always, the silence and stillness of the world around this time brings clarity and focus to the day ahead--and life in general.

Went back to sleep and got up again at 8 to see baby Hashem. Fed him and had a little play time....he was in a mischievous mood this morning. Called Mom to give her the lowdown on his latest and greatest.

The visit to the beautiful area of Jebal Amman, and the brief on the Jara initiative for promoting historic Amman were very inspiring. Must take the kids for a stroll some evening.

Received a "message-in-a-bottle" from the Arab youth during an interactive session on cross-cultural understanding. Got me excited about the launch of "Jer and Izzy" (sp?) because it shows our children that we don't have to be alike to get along.

Did some catching-up with the children. They were all excited about the school concert tonight.

Had my brother and sister-in-law over for Iftar.

Zoned out in front of the TV with the family before attending the concert. Was so proud of the children's performance--quite a biased view since they didn't exactly have their lines down.
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Well, at least, all of you have heard of "50 Cents." I had no idea who they were. Then again, I can't figure out half the people/products on my daughter's latest wish list for Christmas.

I have never seen "Desperate Housewives" and was interested that it's one of Rania's favorite shows. Shades of Queen Noor when she was into "Dallas" and "Dynasty" and, as the episodes were running months or more behind the US, staff was sworn to secrecy if they knew "who shot JR" so as not to spoil it for her!:)
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Thanks to Lady Jennifer who brought this to my attention. If anyone can do anything with my scans to turn them into decent photos, please PM me and I'll send them along. They're great! I just don't have the capabilities to turn them into photos. Let's call it "user error."
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Well, at least, all of you have heard of "50 Cents." I had no idea who they were. Then again, I can't figure out half the people/products on my daughter's latest wish list for Christmas.

I have never seen "Desperate Housewives" and was interested that it's one of Rania's favorite shows. Shades of Queen Noor when she was into "Dallas" and "Dynasty" and, as the episodes were running months or more behind the US, staff was sworn to secrecy if they knew "who shot JR" so as not to spoil it for her!:)
omg maryshawn, im sorry but I couldnt stop laughing at your first comment! That is too funny.
50cent is a rap artist so that may explain why you dont know about him.
I've heard of him but never listen to him. Not that I dont enjoy a huge variety of music. But his music isn't exactly my type.
Its interesting though, as Lillia said, that the family is such a versatile bunch.
It was also interesting to read Rania's comments about King Abdullah. Usually she talks about the kids but when she does mention her husband, its always in a funny, affectionate way. And you're right, KA just might have to restrict his cooking skills to the barbecue. The girls seem to like making desserts with their mom, not sure what Prince Hussein likes to cook, I wonder what little Hashem has in store for him when he's a bit older.
btw...the diary entry is pretty recent, from this past Ramadan actually. Its great to have a brief glimpse into her life, the way she talks about her kids' school concert, she sounds just like any mother would.
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looks like another event Queen Rania was set to participate in this week, had she gone ahead with her trip to the US, was the Women of the World Awards Gala on November 19:
http://www.womenforwomen.org/atwwag.htm

".........first annual Women of the World Awards Gala, taking place November 19 in Los Angeles. The event will celebrate the courage and resilience of female survivors of war and raise money for the organization. "The Gala is an opportunity to bring the situation of women survivors of war to the mainstream public. Women who have survived war are more than the victims we see on television, they are the real heroes and glue that hold families and communities together," says Zainab Salbi, founder, president and CEO of Women for Women International. The star of the event? Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the organization's global ambassador, who will be honored with the inaugural Women of the World Award. "
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Her life changed forever in January 1993, when she attended a dinner party given by Abdullah's sister, Princess Aisha. "The minute Rania walked in, I knew it right there and then," says Abdullah. "It was love at first sight." His wife is more circumspect. "I knew he was KH's son and I was a bit wary of that," she says. "But I think he was quite interested, and he pursued it and it kind of happened." Five months later, the pair wed. "It was quick," says Rania, speaking in her flawless English. (Arabic is her first language). She says her own commoner's background allowed the romance to blossom naturally. "Nobody knew who I was, which was good."


How come they all fall in love the same way? When KH met QA it was at a dinner or a wedding party and when PA met Rym,it was love at first sight after seeing her at a dinner or a party as well and the same goes for Hamzah and Noor, they fell in love after meeting at family dinners and family gathering, well and Prince Faisal and P.Alia's story wasn't too different!
well...Isn't this too weird? it got me thinking for a moment,Sometimes I feel like I'm watching an American romantic Movie,lol,Which is sweet :P ehm
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Queen Rania's diary is a sheet of yellow legal paper where she writes about one of her recent day's work and family time. I thought it interesting--and exhausting!

Managed to get up at 03:45 and woke Hussein up for a bite to eat before starting our fast. Performed prayers. As always, the silence and stillness of the world around this time brings clarity and focus to the day ahead--and life in general.

Went back to sleep and got up again at 8 to see baby Hashem. Fed him and had a little play time....he was in a mischievous mood this morning. Called Mom to give her the lowdown on his latest and greatest.

The visit to the beautiful area of Jebal Amman, and the brief on the Jara initiative for promoting historic Amman were very inspiring. Must take the kids for a stroll some evening.

Received a "message-in-a-bottle" from the Arab youth during an interactive session on cross-cultural understanding. Got me excited about the launch of "Jer and Izzy" (sp?) because it shows our children that we don't have to be alike to get along.

Did some catching-up with the children. They were all excited about the school concert tonight.

Had my brother and sister-in-law over for Iftar.

Zoned out in front of the TV with the family before attending the concert. Was so proud of the children's performance--quite a biased view since they didn't exactly have their lines down.
could that be really true? It's amazing if it is. do u think she writes her Diary in Arabic or english?
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The part where Rania mentions eating before they fast got me thinking, excuse my ignorance but I am not of her religion. My question is, what age do children start fasting? Surely not too young.

Rania sounds lovely, very down to earth.

Before she became Queen would she have lived a Royal like lifestyle, did King Abdullah have his own money? Just curious.
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