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Old 06-01-2004, 08:18 AM
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Iran complains to Jordan over wedding invite for ousted royals

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TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran has lodged an official complaint with Jordan after Farah Diba, the widow of the ousted Iranian shah, was invited to the wedding of Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein to his distant cousin, Princess Noor, the Iranian foreign ministry said.


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"The foreign ministry has summoned the Jordanian charge d'affaires to protest this invitation. It was an unjustifiable gesture. There were people invited who have no status in their own country," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters.


He said the Jordanian diplomat, Nayef al-Zidan, was hauled in for a moan on Saturday, and Asefi also warned that the invitation of Farah Diba, the widow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, "will have repercussions on the relations between our two countries."


The spokesman gave no details on what the consequences would be.


The widow of the shah, ousted by Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979, was among 2,500 guests -- who also included a number of European royals -- at a garden party in Amman Thursday.


Iran's complaint comes after the invitation of both Farah Diba and her son to the marriage a week ago of Spain's Crown Prince Felipe de Bourbon and former television news presenter Letizia Ortiz sparked a mini-crisis between Tehran and Madrid.


In protest, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi delayed a visit to Spain for talks with Spanish leaders by a day.


The widow of the ex-shah, who is 66, and her son now live in exile in France and the United States. In memoires published several months ago, Farah Diba did not hide her desire to one day return to Iran, while her son continues to lay claim to the throne.


Although the pair have in the past been frequent features on international royal guest lists, this is the first time Iran's clerical rulers have complained so vigorously.
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Old 06-01-2004, 05:41 PM
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From www.princehamzah.jo

May 26th 2004
The festivities in celebration of HRH Crown Prince Hamzah's marriage to HRH Princess Noor began today afternoon with probably one of Jordan's biggest ever gathering over the country's most popular meal — mansaf. Around 4,000 guests, all men descended on the grounds of the Royal Hashemite Court. Each and every one of them was greeted by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Faisal, Crown Prince Hamzah and Prince Hashem, who were later joined by Prince Raad Ben Zeid, Prince Ghazi Ben Mohammad and father of the bride, Prince Assem Ben Nayef. The guests, who came from all walks of life, were escorted to seats in flag emblazoned bedouin tents. His Majesty King Abdullah saluted the crowd who were then invited to mansaf, followed by the traditional dessert of kanafeh.


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May 27th 2004
His Majesty King Abdullah hosted today evening a grand reception in celebration of the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Hamzah and Princess Noor Hamzah.

Around 2,500 guests, including royal families from Europe and the Arab world, gathered for the garden party held at Zahran Palace in Jabal Amman to await the arrival of the Royal couple.

Prince Hamzah and Princess Noor set off in a motorcade from the Royal Court to Zahran Palace. Hundreds lined the streets cheering as the couple were driven to the Zahran Palace in a 1961 Lincoln Continental which belonged to His Majesty the late King Hussein. The car was used in official and private events including many Royal family weddings. It also served to carry His Majesty King Abdullah II on his coronation day.

Women wearing traditional embroidered bedouin dresses ululated and children waved flags, as Jordan Television aired parts of the procession and the evening reception live.


Prince Hamzah, a captain in the Jordan Armed Forces, was in military uniform, his head covered in the traditional red keffieh, while Princess Noor wore a white lace dress, and a white lace mantilla covered her head.

Their Majesties King Abdullah, Queen Rania and Queen Noor, Prince Hamzah, Princess Noor, HRH Prince Assem Ben Nayef and Princess Fairouzah received congratulations in a reception room inside Zahran Palace.

The Jordan Armed Forces orchestra offered a colourful repertoire which complemented the bountiful garlands of roses hanging from garden pillars and rose petals floating in a pond.


The guest list included Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Spain's Queen Sophia, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Sylvia, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah and his son Crown Prince Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah. It also included Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his new bride Princess Letizia, Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of Holland, Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, Bahraini Crown Prince Salman Ben Hamad Al Khalifa, Britain's Prince Andrew and Prince of Riyadh Salman Ben Abdel Aziz.



May28th 2004
Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania held a dinner banquet at the Royal Palace in Aqaba today evening in celebration of HRH Crown Prince Hamzah's marriage to HRH Princess Noor Hamzah.

Kings, Presidents and Princes representing several Arab, Muslim and friendly countries were included in the guest list along with Jordan's Royal Family members and prominent local, Arab and international figures as well as senior state officials.

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Old 06-02-2004, 12:35 AM
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The J Satellite Channel did broadcast the reception from hours starting at 6pm Jordan time, I could also watch Hamzah as a kid of 1 and as a teen, I can say the whole ceremony was touching. I loved it.
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Old 06-02-2004, 12:38 AM
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I have a question, too- why was Ali not in the group photos ? And , where was Princess Raiyah, I could not see her live nor in the pics, that's very odd.
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In the one of the group photos I saw, Ali is standing next to his fiance'. She is wearing a red dress. Go look again.
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Old 06-02-2004, 07:35 AM
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Since this same topic was disabled i thought i'd start a new one. The song is by Majda Elroumi. King hussein used to like her very much, the JRF in general all liked her and she's been singing songs for them for YEARS now. i don't actually know what the song is called but it is very nice... any ideas anyone?
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Old 06-02-2004, 07:37 AM
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i will move this to the wedding thread.. at the wedding forum
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Old 06-02-2004, 09:02 AM
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Belated congratulations to the happy couple and they do look happy :P

As always Dennism provides some amazing photos of the events. I love Princess Noor's gown, especially the waistline of the dress. I think her shoes are particularly interesting. Can anyone tell me what they are because they appear to be platforms of some kind. Prince Hamzeh is a good looking young man.

CP Letizia looked great in her green dress and, to me, looked more like herself here than she did at her own wedding. CP Felipe looked handsome and he towerd over Prince Hamzeh in one of the photos. I did not realize from the other photos that Prince Hamzeh was diminutive in stature :P

Queen Raina looked amazing in her gown. She is a beautiful woman.

In one of the photos, Marie Chantal is described as the woman in a dark green dress with some black lace top or overlay bowing to one of the Jordanian royals. It doesn't look like her to me because she doesn't look pregnant :P Perhaps it's just the angle of the camera.

Queen Noor's gown is pretty be seems to be somewhat understated. Is that on purpose ?
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Old 06-02-2004, 10:06 AM
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The song is by Majda Elroumi. King hussein used to like her very much, the JRF in general all liked her and she's been singing songs for them for YEARS now. i don't actually know what the song is called but it is very nice... any ideas anyone?
She sang at the Jarash Festival quite a few times. I have a video tape of one of her concerts there. I think that King Hussein liked her and Fairouz too. There must be something about the Lebanese! :P B)

I'm not a huge fan of Majda-Al-Roumy I hadn't heard that song before. I thought the lyrics were a bit corny.
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Old 06-02-2004, 10:34 AM
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Raiyah and Iman are in the second row, kind of in the center.
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Old 06-04-2004, 01:52 PM
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Does anyone know who, if anyone, from the moroccan royal family attended the wedding? Its weird not seeing them in any of the pictures.
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Does anyone know who, if anyone, from the moroccan royal family attended the wedding? Its weird not seeing them in any of the pictures.
I do not think they attended...
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I do not think they attended...
That's strange. King Abdullah was in Morocco just a week before the wedding, meeting with King Muhammad. I'd have thought that atleast his wife or one of his sisters would've attended
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Does anyone know who, if anyone, from the moroccan royal family attended the wedding? Its weird not seeing them in any of the pictures.
I know that KM6, Prince My Rachid, Lalla Salma and Lalla Meryem were in Morocco working that day.

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It was Abdullah's private visit.

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The song is by Majda Elroumi. King hussein used to like her very much, the JRF in general all liked her and she's been singing songs for them for YEARS now. i don't actually know what the song is called but it is very nice... any ideas anyone?
She sang at the Jarash Festival quite a few times. I have a video tape of one of her concerts there. I think that King Hussein liked her and Fairouz too. There must be something about the Lebanese! :P B)

I'm not a huge fan of Majda-Al-Roumy I hadn't heard that song before. I thought the lyrics were a bit corny.
its a song she sang especially for the couple... she did it for them, i thought it was beautiful song
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The song is by Majda Elroumi. King hussein used to like her very much, the JRF in general all liked her and she&#39;s been singing songs for them for YEARS now. i don&#39;t actually know what the song is called but it is very nice... any ideas anyone?
She sang at the Jarash Festival quite a few times. I have a video tape of one of her concerts there. I think that King Hussein liked her and Fairouz too. There must be something about the Lebanese&#33; :P B)

I&#39;m not a huge fan of Majda-Al-Roumy I hadn&#39;t heard that song before. I thought the lyrics were a bit corny.
its a song she sang especially for the couple... she did it for them, i thought it was beautiful song [/b][/quote]
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can anyone tell me the words of the song for Hamzah and Noor ,thanx.
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i was lookin at pictures of the wedding and in most of the pics P.Noor&#39;s, Fairuza i think her name is, doesnt look happy, i havent seen any pictures of her smiling, isnt she happy? im confused
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The ''royal'' treatment at the royal wedding...
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Jordan's Crown Prince Hamzah and his beautiful bride celebrated their wedding at a state reception attended by many international dignitaries in Amman on May27 th. Hundreds of guests, including several European royals, attended a garden party reception to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein to a distant cousin, Princess Noor, aged 22.

The 24 -year-old heir to the throne is the half-brother of King Abdullah II and the son of the late King Hussein and Queen Noor, formerly Lisa Halabi, an American of Lebanese origin. However, from pictures published by the local press of the Royal wedding, it seems that to some extent Queen Noor was kept away from the Royal couple during the wedding ceremonies.

The bride, Princess Noor, is the crown prince's cousin and granddaughter of a rival to the throne. Princess Noor is the youngest daughter of Prince Asem bin Nayef, a cousin of King Hussein. Prince Nayef, Asem's father, lived in exile in Spain after allegedly trying to take the throne instead of Hussein's father, Talal.

Half-brother of King Abdullah and certainly a favorite of the late King Hussein, he wed Princess Noor privately last year.

Hundreds lined the streets cheering as the couple ware driven to the Zahran Palace in a 1961 Lincoln Continental that belonged to the late king. Bystanders waved Jordanian flags and portraits of Abdullah, and some tossed flowers and candies at the prince who wore his green military uniform with decorations and a red-checkered kaffiyeh on his head, and Noor - who was in a white wedding gown. The royal couple frequently stood-up in the back of the car to wave at the crowd.

The royal couple arrived at Zahran and were accorded an honor guard welcome as an army orchestra played the national anthem and classical Western music. The royal car was surrounded by two dozen red Jeeps and motorcycle outriders with sirens sounding. Surrounding streets were sealed off causing traffic jams.

King Hussein married Queen Noor at Zahran Palace in1978 . The cream-colored Lincoln is traditionally brought out of the Royal Car Museum for ceremonial events including King Abdullah II's and King Hussein's marriages.

But in a departure from Jordanian tradition, the couple did not tour the streets of Amman. "The crown prince is not in a very festive mood because of the situations in Iraq and Palestine, so this will be a formal affair to meet his guests, both Jordanian and foreigners," a court official was quoted as saying.

The couple crossed a wooden bridge built over a small pond at the palace and walked under an arch of swords formed by 14 army officers before cutting the triple-decker cake with a silver sword. Afterwards, they shook hands with thousands of guests who had gathered in the Rose Garden at Amman's Zahran Palace to celebrate the wedding of the heir to the Hashemite throne and his second cousin.

At the palace, the royal couple were greeted by Abdullah, his wife - Queen Rania, and Hamzah's mother - Queen Noor. Virtually all members of the Jordanian royal family were present, including Prince Hassan - Hamzah's uncle and a former heir to the throne who was deposed in a sudden palace shake-up days before Hussein died five years ago.

As aforesaid, in the pictures from the May wedding dinner at the Palace in Aqaba, one can notice that Queen Noor, Prince Hamzah's mother was not by her son's side during the ceremony, contrary to Islamic tradition, in which the biological mother stands by her child's side throughout the ceremonies.

It is noteworthy to mention that there were two celebrations, a traditinal reception in Zahran and a wedding dinner the following night at the King's palace in the Red Sea town of Aqaba.

Throughout the entire dinner, Queen Noor, who currently resides in the United States, was reportedly seated quite distant from the young couple. It should be noted that Queen Noor left Jordan very shortly after the death of the late King Hussein - she has since spent most of her time in the United States returning to Jordan seldomly.

The guest list included Spain's Queen Sophia and royal newlyweds Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia (who plan to spend part of their honeymoon on Jordan), Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak, Farah Diba - widow of the deposed Shah of Iran who was toppled in the1979 Islamic revolution - and the Duke of York.

Royal representatives from Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Brunei, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain also came to celebrate the event.

A graduate of the UK's Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Prince Hamzah is a captain in the Jordanian armed forces. Hamzah and Noor married in a private ceremony last August. Abdullah announced then that he would host state celebrations for his heir's marriage in May. There was no explanation for the nine-month delay.

Abdullah named Hamzah crown prince hours after their father died of cancer on February7 ,1999 . Hussein, who had 11 children from four marriages, had often described Hamzah in public as the "delight of my eye."

Hamzah, who resembles his father in looks and bearing a husky voice, is Hussein's son from his fourth marriage, to New York-born Lisa Halaby, who took the name Queen Noor when she converted to Islam upon her marriage to Hussein in1978 .

Abdullah is Hussein's eldest son. His mother is Englishwoman Antoinette Gardiner, who became known as Princess Muna, the late king's second wife.

As crown prince, Hamzah's duties include representing the king at events at home and abroad. He also oversees several national institutions including a prominent think tank. Hamzah's hobbies include flying helicopters, parachuting, scuba diving, fencing and practicing the Asian martial art known as Tae Kwon Do.

Like Abdullah and Hussein, Hamzah attended Britain's Royal Military Academy Sandhurs and now holds the rank of captain in the Jordanian army. He served with a joint Jordanian-United Arab Emirates' force in the former Yugoslavia under the umbrella of U.N. peacekeepers before he enrolled in his undergraduate studies in political science at a U.S. university. His bride is at the same university, which palace officials refuse to name for security reasons.

Another of Abdullah's half brothers, Prince Ali, announced his engagement earlier this year to CNN reporter Rym Brahimi, the daughter of the U.N. envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi. They are to be married on September7 . The head of a special force in command of protecting the monarch, Ali is the son of the late King Hussein from his third marriage to Queen Alia. She died in a helicopter crash in1977 .

In the aftermath of the tragic death of King Hussein in1999 , it seems such events as royal weddings bring back some light to the palace and kingdom. Prince Hamzah's recent marriage, Prince Ali's upcoming wedding and Princess Haya's (Abdullah's half sister) wedding last month to Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – should bring back a spark of joy and happiness to the Jordanian Royal family. (Albawaba.com)
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Here is a photo from Corbis of them cutting the cake. I donīt think I have seen it before.

Cutting the cake
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