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Old 11-23-2003, 08:25 AM
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Princess Dina: King Hussein's first wife

Queen Dina was very good looking in my opinion. Does anyone know what happened with her after they were divorced?
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well as i know queen dina got married again and i think that she lives in eygpt now.
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You are right Queen Dina was very beautiful, elegant and extremely intelligent. She lives in Jordan now.
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Old 11-27-2003, 03:19 AM
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I think that Dina lives in Egyt with her family, when Hussein divorcet to her she was in Egypt with Alia.
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Old 11-27-2003, 11:45 AM
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Oh, so Alia lived with her? I thought that if the king got divorced, he'd keep the children with him? Am I wrong?
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Old 11-27-2003, 05:23 PM
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When Dina was in vacation in egypt whit Alia, Hussein said to dina that he want divorced to her, then Dina keep alia with her. During six or seven years Hussein can´t to see his daugther Dina.
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Old 11-28-2003, 03:00 AM
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Wow! Dina doesn't sound like a very nice person!
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No I am sorry that was not the case. Princess Alia lived with her father and Princess Muna in Jordan.


For the past couple of years Princess Dina has been living in Jordan.
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Funny enough, Queen Dina was K. Hussein's cousin too. P. Noor reminds me of Q. Dina. I hope the marriage does not end up the same way.
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Funny enough, Queen Dina was K. Hussein's cousin too. P. Noor reminds me of Q. Dina. I hope the marriage does not end up the same way.
I thought Dina was Egyptian
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Old 06-18-2004, 12:48 PM
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I thought Dina was Egyptian
Q. Dina was a cousin of K. Hussein's mother.
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Old 06-19-2004, 09:49 AM
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Dina was never Queen, she was Princess Dina. the only Queens as wives of KH ,were Noor and Alia.
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Dina was never Queen, she was Princess Dina. the only Queens as wives of KH ,were Noor and Alia.
She became queen when she married KH but she went back to being a princess after the divorce. The only one of KH's wives who didn't recieve the title of queen is Princess Muna.
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When Dina was in vacation in egypt whit Alia, Hussein said to dina that he want divorced to her, then Dina keep alia with her. During six or seven years Hussein can´t to see his daugther Dina.
I am sorry, you have got this totally wrong. Alia was at home in Jordan with her nanny when her mother was paying a quick visit to Egypt to visit her family, when she learnt of her divorce. Alia was taken to live with the young P. Hassan and P. Basma in the care of Queen Mother Zein. Dina did not return to Jordan for a long time and was by all accounts desperate to see her daughter but did not do so again for several years. By some account, and this is to Muna's credit, it was she who intervened with K. Hussein to allow her to see her child again. As years went by, and especially after Alia was sent to boarding school in Britain, mother and daughter saw more of each other. They have a close relationship and now a rather frail P. Dina lives in Amman with Alia. She is now in her late seveties having been nine years older than K. H.
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Alia was taken to live with the young P. Hassan and P. Basma in the care of Queen Mother Zein.
I can believe that. I didn't think that King Hussein would have allowed for her mother to raise her after they got divorced. I've also seen a picture of her with Princess Basma and Prince Hassan while they were young children on Prince Hassan's website.
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I am sorry, you have got this totally wrong. Alia was at home in Jordan with her nanny when her mother was paying a quick visit to Egypt to visit her family, when she learnt of her divorce. Alia was taken to live with the young P. Hassan and P. Basma in the care of Queen Mother Zein. Dina did not return to Jordan for a long time and was by all accounts desperate to see her daughter but did not do so again for several years. By some account, and this is to Muna's credit, it was she who intervened with K. Hussein to allow her to see her child again. As years went by, and especially after Alia was sent to boarding school in Britain, mother and daughter saw more of each other. They have a close relationship and now a rather frail P. Dina lives in Amman with Alia. She is now in her late seveties having been nine years older than K. H.
It's all true--no rumor for once. Princess Dina was divorced by KH while out of the country and not allowed to see her daughter, Alia, for years. And, yes, it was the gracious, thougtful Princess Muna who convinced KH to reunite mother and daughter. Now, I don't know who raised Alia but a busy, young playboy king wouldn't be around a lot and families mean a great deal in arabic societies so either she was raised by a nanny guided by Queen Zein or Queen Zein as who else would have taken care of her? I admire KH very much and understand he was young, a little insensitive, didn't like his challenging arranged marriage to the intellectual Dina....but this was one of the decisions he made (keeping mother and daughter apart) which was a poor one. My opinion.
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Queen Dina was a relative of KH but I never knew she was a Hashemmite,was she really? I thought she was related to King Farouk of Egypt who was a distant relative of KH allah yerhamu,correct me if im wrong please.
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Queen Dina was a relative of KH but I never knew she was a Hashemmite,was she really? I thought she was related to King Farouk of Egypt who was a distant relative of KH allah yerhamu,correct me if im wrong please.
Queen Dina is very much a Hashemite, with as illustrious a background as King Hussein. This makes their daughter Alia a Hashemite twice over.
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Queen Dina is very much a Hashemite, with as illustrious a background as King Hussein. This makes their daughter Alia a Hashemite twice over.
Princess Dina, who is gorgeous 'tho have not seen recent photo--anyone have one? is indeed Hashemite through and through. Confusion could result as KH met "the beautiful Dina, a distant cousin and Hashemite princess" while in Cairo visiting President Nasser in 1955.

"Princess Dina and KH knew each other very well due to family links. Dina's great-grandfather had preceded Sharif Hussein as amir of the Hejaz. She was a great-grand-niece of Sharif Hussein. By some accounts, the proposal came out of the blue and Dina stalled saying she wanted to be a teacher and writer. She was 26 and had a post-graduate degree in social science from Bedford College for Women, a part of London University."

"On returning home, she began to teach English at Cairo University and to take an interest in social science in Cairo. She had been brought up strictly but was urbane and sophisticated. Dina wondered if marriage to KH would be the right thing for him--and her."

This is interesting. Dina did not attend corronation of KH and his cousin, King Feisal, in 1953. The events were to be held one month apart allowing all to attend both events. For some reason, things were changed and both were held on May 2nd. Thus, family had to choose. Dina, while close to the Amman branch of the dynasty, was very, very close to Prince Feisal's mother and did not want to offend her. So she attended neither. This offended Queen Zein (I thought QZ arranged marriage but I was wrong).

"Dina displayed her independent mind" and was, at one point, she heard KH suspected her of being associated with a plot against him after she visited Jerusalem.

"Why did KH marry Dina? Perhaps his anxiety over the survival of the Hashemites, bearing in mind his grandfather's fate. Hence, his need for a wife with impeccable Hashemite credentials."

"Eighteen months after the wedding, Dina traveled to Cairo to see a relative who was seriously ill. There, she was visited by the Jordanian ambassador who had a thick letter. Dina wondered what it was and assumed photos from the King. Instead, it contained a long letter from KH explaining marriage was not working and ending it. That was it. Dina remained in Cairo."

The King later said it was a sad and difficult period and that he and Dina enjoyed many things, like dancing together. But she was very interested in social issues at that point while he was focused on survival. In the end, KH's daughter, Alia, was 3 months old at the time. He declined to let Dina see her for six years. It took Dina being hospitalized for the King to contact her and say it was ridiculous for her not to see her daughter, then being raised by Muna. Dina was welcomed back to Amman and later described joy when Alia greeted her with the word "mummy." Since then, KH permitted and encouraged a strong mother-daughter relationship.

I think Muna played a major role in this reunion. I believe she convinced KH keeping a young child from her mother was not good for all concerned. I think Muna was a highly sympathetic, kind woman who understood situation well. It speaks highly of her.

The passages are from the wonderful book called "Life on the Edge: King Hussein" by Roland Dallas.
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I have find this article about King Hussein and Queen Dina:


QUEEN DINA STREET: by Samir Raafat.
Cariro Times, 18 February 1999.

In pre-CNN days, when public opinion was hostage to state-controlled media, mega-eulogies and fairy tale weddings of foreign sovereigns were virtually unknown. So when King Hussein of Jordan came courting his Maadi belle in the 1950s, it was looked upon as a non-event. True, the suburb's blasé residents had seen it all before. Yet had audio-visual coverage been what it is today, with satellite technology and all, they might have had little choice in the matter.

The western educated bride-in-waiting lived with her uncles in a large Mediterranean-type villa, in what was regarded then as an exclusive suburb. At various times, Maadi had been home to deposed princes and monarchs, including an ex-empress.

It was also in Maadi that Hussein's uncle, Prince Nayef of Transjordan, wed a Turkish sultana ten years earlier. More aspiring than his older brother Talal, Nayef had taken a shot at the throne following the assassination of their father, King Abdallah. Had it not been for the resolve of the unshakable Zein --Hussein's mother--and the ingenuity of Prime Minister Tewfik Aboul Hoda Pasha, it would most probably have been Nayef's grandson assuming Jordan's throne today. Instead, Nayef was encouraged into exile, while his unassuming brother was declared mentally unfit.

Hussein, barely 17 at the time, became king.

Two years later Zein announced that a suitable partner had been found for her son. The prospective bride was Cambridge-educated and held a teaching post at Cairo University. Never mind that she was six years older than the groom. Being king would made up for any shortcomings on his part.

The choice had fallen on Al Sharifa Dina Abdel Aziz Oaun, a distant cousin. Through her father Al Sharif Abdel Hamid, her lineage--like that of King Hussein--could be traced back to Prophet Mohammed--hence her birthright designation of Al Sharifa (the Honorable).

By virtue of their Egyptian upbringing, the Cairo Hashemites were regarded as more urbane than their tribal cousins. Moreover, through her mother, Dina was also connected to Egypt's Circassian elite.

Of course, there was the question of wealth. While not as acknowledged as the Hashemite houses of Iraq and Jordan--both of whom had landed British-made thrones following the ousting of their common ancestor from the Kingdom of Al Hijaz, the Cairo Hashemites, including Dina's father and uncles, claimed the right to manage a large ancestral trust (waqf) consisting of almost 2000 feddans in Upper Egypt.

The wedding was set for April 19, 1955.

The couple's initial meeting took place at the home of a royal Iraqi relation in London. This was followed by brief encounters in Maadi, when King Hussein would go for drives with his fiancé in a large American car that made them both look even tinier than they actually were.

Aside from noting the fast cars and Groppi's yellow catering vans that frequently delivered sweets and pastries, the neighbors took little interest in the teenage ruler of what was then considered nothing more than a crossroads for desert caravans. And if one believed contemporary propaganda, Hussein's was a kingdom-by-default run by a British general, Glubb Pasha. Nasser, in a rising state of Arabphoria, had taken to lambasting Hussein's mentor on a daily basis.

A final pre-nuptial celebration took place in Maadi, where Dina gathered her friends, fellow professors and students to bid them farewell at a garden fete. The following week, the bride, along with her uncles, aunts and attendants, took off for Amman. There, a week of festivities brought together Hashemites from the four corners of the Arab World. On hand to entertain them at Zahran Palace was Egypt's foremost crooner, Farid Al Atrash.

But all was not going as planned. Except for common Hashemite blood, little else bonded the newlyweds. Differences became apparent and sometimes embarrassing. Even the arrival of baby Aliya did not help. Rather than decrease tensions, it made the presence of an omnipresent and doting Queen Mother intolerable.

Dina would learn of her divorce in 1956 while on a visit to Cairo. After a painful period of separation, Aliya was allowed to make visits. Hussein would occasionally call on his Maadi relations, too.

As far as the suburb was concerned, the only thing that came out of this whole affair was that while the names of Egypt's own monarchs and royals were abolished from street signs, up came a sign on Road 78 announcing that this was henceforth Queen Dina Street.

The renamed street was kept in impeccable order--one never knew when His Majesty would pop in. But gradually, as the wily king substituted wives, swapped regional allegiances, and transformed his desert kingdom into a clean well-functioning state, his visits to Maadi became less frequent. The Hashemite villa and the privileged street decayed in tandem, and the ex-queen was seldom seen.

Today, except for deserted looking villas and faded street signs evoking a distant past, Queen Dina Street is just another rickety road. Like the rest of Maadi, it has fallen on hard times. C'est la vie.


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