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Old 09-07-2005, 12:01 AM
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I didn't see the documentary unfortunately. I do recall an interview where QR says she "indulges KA's love of cooking as it's a way of relaxing for him." She was laughing when she said it. So I think he wears the chief chef's hat in the kitchen! Wasn't he whipping up steaks or something in the "Hello" interview about Hashem's birth? Seems to me he was preparing something for everyone that day--including the writer. His cousin, Prince Zeid (I think), said KA learned to cook while in the Army and could whip up any kind of cuisine, even very exotic foods--"much to the pleasure of everyone around him!"
I posted screen caps last year when the doc. was aired. Dont know if you saw them (P.Iman, Rania and Abdullah in the kitchen) Dont have the screen caps of the barbeque unfortunately. Btw..I was struck by how simple their kitchen was.
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I'll look to find them. Thanks for the head's up.

And the fact QR is paired with older people--as it seems to me, as well--is likely she is Queen and wife of a reigning monarch. It might be more "fun" for her with the younger ones but, as you say, someday....

QN and Sofia must be close in age, hence their tight bond. But I recall, on the occasion of her 40th birthday, QN was asked to speak of her friendship with Queen Sofia and would not except to say "Queen Sofie has been a great friend to Jordan and was invaluable in her help during the Gulf War when we were struggling with the refugees." So she was really reticent to speak of what was fairly obvious... I mean, they were often photographed together and seemed to really like one another. But then again, the JRF, including KH/QN, Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath, and KA/QR, all seem to have an especially close relationship with both the Spanish and British royal families.
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I posted screen caps last year when the doc. was aired. Dont know if you saw them (P.Iman, Rania and Abdullah in the kitchen) Dont have the screen caps of the barbeque unfortunately. Btw..I was struck by how simple their kitchen was.
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Old 09-07-2005, 12:27 AM
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This discussion also makes me think of Lalla Salma. Take the Spanish and Belgian state visits to Morocco. Lalla Salma played hostess to the Kings and Queens of both countries and eventhough she seemed to hit it off really well with Queen Sofia, she didnt have an opportunity of meeting the younger royals from both countries. And Salma is even younger than Rania. There aren't that many young first ladies around, Rania, Salma, and Asma Assad are among the notable ones.
I think the European royals have it easier in the that sense. Most of the present monarchs got married around the same time, are the same age, and thus there's a sense of camaraderie around them (with the exception of QEII who is the most senior among them), not to mention the fact that they're related one way or another.
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Old 09-07-2005, 12:42 PM
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a late happy birthday to Queen Rania!

thanks for the news and beautiful pictures posted!

what concerns me is that QR&KA most of the time seem to be carrying out engagements alone, i'd like to see them carrying out engagements together more often. being away so often from each other is not a good thing, imho, especially for a young couple. [maybe they do spend much time together, but in private, we don't get to see the pictures? i don't know]
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Queen Rania stresses importance of enhancing women's leadership...1stLD</FONT></STRONG>


Pet0726 4 0441 Queen Rania stresses importance of enhancing women's leadership...1stLD Amman/Sep.7(Petra)-- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, on Wednesday, underscored the need for Jordanian women's organizations and their members to continue working together to enable the creation of a network which supports and empowers up-coming women leaders. Queen Rania's remarks came during the annual meeting of the Jordanian Chapter of the International Women's Forum (IWF), an organization which facilitates networking among women and promotes women's empowerment and opportunities for women in leadership. The meeting, attended by the IWF 26 members, included an overview of the organization's accomplishments to date, programs in progress, IWF committees, future plans and achievement requirements, as well as a presentation of the different training courses on leadership, which were conducted with the aim of developing the members' leadership potential, thereby providing them with a sense of authority. According to Jordan's IWF President, Mrs. Raghda Kurdi, the organization's achievements include the development of a website, the formulation of several committees for training and membership, such as the special committee for managing the award for microfinance and the leadership development program committee, whereby the IWF is currently working in collaboration with Jordanian banks to enhance women leadership skills in this sector. 20 ladies are also anticipated to be nominated three times a year to attend training workshops within the latter program, with the aim of expanding the organization's network to include women from various sectors and areas, including the governorates. More.......... Wardat/Petra 071833 Local SEP 2005 
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Pet0743 4 0432 Queen Rania chairs first meeting of Royal Health Awareness Society....1st LD Amman/Sep.7(Petra)-- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, on Wednesday, chaired the inaugural meeting of the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS), a newly formulated non-profit organization which was established to promote health awareness among a wider public focusing on comprehensive access to information and help raise healthy and socially-responsible citizens, living in harmony within a safe environment. During the meeting, Queen Rania reiterated the need for public awareness of undesirable health-related behavior and customs, which are currently prevalent as a result of modern day-to-day norms, routines and life-styles in general. She added that such awareness is also required on issues, which appear to be simple, but are complex in nature, such as physical fitness, nutritional methods and family health methods and techniques, which, she continued, have a negative effect on people's health. Queen Rania also noted that such awareness campaigns must be based on comprehensive objectives and strategies to allow for pragmatic solutions to be translated into reality on the ground. The meeting, attended by the society's board members, included an overview of the RHAS' objectives, mission and vision, presented by the society's Vice Chairperson, Dr. Rami Farraj. RHAS Director-General, Ms. Mayyada Abu-Jaber, also briefed attendees on the organization's structure and future plans, the latter of which includes the establishment of the King Abdullah II Award for Health and Physical Fitness as well as the Child Well-Being Initiative. More.......... Wardat/Petra 071836 Local SEP 2005 
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Pet0572 4 0102 King Condoles Indonesian President For papers use... Amman, Sep. 7(Petra)-- His Majesty King Abdullah II sent a cable to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono condoling him over the victims of the Indonesian airliner crash. The King expressed, in his name and on behalf of Jordan's people and government, deep grief and sorrow over the incident. //Petra// 071638 Local SEP 2005 
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Pet0786 4 0136 King Receives Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs For Newspapers only ====================== Amman/Sep.7(Petra)-- His Majesty King Abdullah II on Wednesday received Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Mohammad Dahlan, who was admitted to Al Hussein Medical City (HMC) several days ago. Dahlan, who recently recovered from indisposition discharged from Hussein Medical City, expressed appreciation and thanks for His Majesty King Abdullah II for his concern and care during his hospitalization at HMC. Wardat/Petra 071904 Local SEP 2005 
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There are more images of the King at the following link:

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Has the visit to Israel been confirmed, definitely. I read again yesterday that it had was still unconfirmed?
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i've always preferred the post-pregnancy weight of rania - immediately after she gave birth...i thought she looked better --- both her face looked healthier and her clothes suited her better. but, i mean, if she thinks she looks better a little skinnier than that's completely her choice. everyone has different preferences regarding weight and she's entitled to her own --- she's not unhealthy, i don't think - i mean, you have to have some degree of health to manage a schedule like that.
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Another picture of QR from today:
http://www.petranews.gov.jo/nepras/2005/Sep/07/540I.htm
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And the fact QR is paired with older people--as it seems to me, as well--is likely she is Queen and wife of a reigning monarch. It might be more "fun" for her with the younger ones but, as you say, someday....
I think, with all due respect, too much is made of this age thing. At some point in one's late 20s or 30s, when one becomes a full adult, a 20- or 30-year age difference ceases to be the big deal it might've been back when one person was 15 and the other was 40. QR is in her mid 30s now; KA is in his mid 40s. I think, if anything, their relative lack of tenure in their jobs is a bigger obstacle to them in dealing with and relating to other heads of state than age. I am close to KA's age and, believe me, I have friends in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and even 80s, and they are real-deal, genuine friends. This is fairly common.
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what concerns me is that QR&KA most of the time seem to be carrying out engagements alone, i'd like to see them carrying out engagements together more often. being away so often from each other is not a good thing, imho, especially for a young couple. [maybe they do spend much time together, but in private, we don't get to see the pictures? i don't know]
you know at the beginning of their reign (the first 2 or 3 years) QR and KA had an amazingly packed schedule and they went on state visits together. And they continue to accompany each other or state and working visits. But we do see them performing duties separately much of the time. I think that way they can cover a lot more ground than if they were to be together all the time.
This year especially, because Queen Rania gave birth to Prince Hashem at the end of January, she stayed home much of the time to be with her family which is why we saw King Abdullah alone on his visits abroad.
They do spend time together in private, there are lots of family pictures, vacation pictures etc.
They will also be together in New York this month.
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"I think, with all due respect, too much is made of this age thing. At some point in one's late 20s or 30s, when one becomes a full adult, a 20- or 30-year age difference ceases to be the big deal it might've been back when one person was 15 and the other was 40. QR is in her mid 30s now; KA is in his mid 40s. I think, if anything, their relative lack of tenure in their jobs is a bigger obstacle to them in dealing with and relating to other heads of state than age. I am close to KA's age and, believe me, I have friends in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and even 80s, and they are real-deal, genuine friends. This is fairly common."

I think the difference in age will have a big effect on Rania's interaction with others in the sense that she comes form a completely different generation from them.
At the end of the day it has to be intimidating for her to deal with royals like Queen Elizabeth II, for example, who have been on the throne longer than she's been alive.
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"I think, with all due respect, too much is made of this age thing. At some point in one's late 20s or 30s, when one becomes a full adult, a 20- or 30-year age difference ceases to be the big deal it might've been back when one person was 15 and the other was 40. QR is in her mid 30s now; KA is in his mid 40s. I think, if anything, their relative lack of tenure in their jobs is a bigger obstacle to them in dealing with and relating to other heads of state than age. I am close to KA's age and, believe me, I have friends in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and even 80s, and they are real-deal, genuine friends. This is fairly common."

I think the difference in age will have a big effect on Rania's interaction with others in the sense that she comes form a completely different generation from them.
But, honestly, I don't know how old you are, but age and maturational differences begin to close at a certain age, so I think this has much more to do with experiential differences than age per se. If QR wants it to be a big deal, then surely it will be, but most adults can fairly easily bridge some of these so-called age gaps.
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I think that's just due to the garish lighting. I've seen the same coloration in her wedding pics. Her canines are always yellow.
Yea maybe...
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"But, honestly, I don't know how old you are, but age and maturational differences begin to close at a certain age, so I think this has much more to do with experiential differences than age per se. If QR wants it to be a big deal, then surely it will be, but most adults can fairly easily bridge some of these so-called age gaps."

I have to agree with Papillion. I am in my mid fifties, and I have friends, real friends, who are my age, but also ones who are in their thirties, and forties, and sixties, and seventies, and even some in their eighties, and there are even a three or four in their nineties, so really after a certain point in time, the so called age difference melts away. My elder siblings were ten and thirteen years older than me. We ended up being each other's best friends as the years went by. It is much more to do with like mindedness. Let's remember P.Hassan's controverisal remark about the meeting of minds: " if you have a mind, I would like to meet it!"

I think Q. Rania's entire experience before and since becoming queen must be very different indeed to most of her royal peers irrespective of age. I also get the feeling that she is not very comfortable around people of her own age as well, wherever they may hail from, and I mean other Arabs here as well. Being a Kuwaiti born Palestinian refugee gives a person a very definite and perhaps different horizons and outlook, or so I should assume.
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there may be some truth to that. Queen Rania is very good friends with both Prince Charles and Camilla, both of whom are much older than her.
But then she has also had various opportunities of interacting with them and getting to know them better. There's the osteo fund that both Camilla and Rania are part of. She also seems to have a close relationship with Rafiq Hariri's widow Nazek (also part of the osteo fund). Mrs. Hariri is also older than Rania.
So I think its also a case of getting to know various royals better. I dont think 6 years is enough for that.
Still I think that people in the older age bracket have more in common with each other, like a 50 year old would get along well with someone who is 60 or 70 or older. But I dont think someone in their 20s or 30s will necessarily have much in common with those people. Speaking from experience I know people in their 20s prefer being around those who are the same age as them, if we're talking about friendships that is. Still thats a generalization and not the rule.
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There must be some article(s) out there comparing and contrasting Queen Rania with Princess Letizia..... I found it odd on the Newscom site there are suddenly a whole host of photos of the two side by side in similar outfits or with their hair styled in a similar way and the captions read something to the effect "Comparing Rania with Letizia." I don't see the similarities--but then again, I really don't follow Letizia. Did I miss something? Is the european media trying to promote some sort of "style war" (who is more stylish?) between them? I mean, some of these shots are pretty lame; QR wearing a yellow outfit one day and Letizia wearing a similar shade in a photo taken a year later..... So they wore the same color??? Big deal. I really don't see the resemblance or need to contrast the two. It was just a strange thing to stumble upon.
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