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Prince Muhammed bin Talal & Princess Taghreed
Prince Mohamed and Princess Taghreed, neé Majali - Biography
H.R.H. Prince Muhammad bin Talal was born to his father King Talal bin Abdullah and his mother Queen Zein Sharaf, the daughter of Sharif Jamil bin Nasser Al-Aoun in Amman on the 2nd of October 1940. Prince Muhammad is the younger brother of His Majesty the late King Hussein (b. November 14th 1935, d. February 7th, 1999) and the older brother of H.R.H. Prince Hassan (b. March 20th 1947) and H.R.H. Princess Basma (b. May 11th 1951).
Prince Muhammad’s grandfather was the late King Abdullah who founded the Emirate of Transjordan in 1921. His great grandfather, Sharif Hussein bin Ali, Emir of Mecca, King of the Hijaz and 37th generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), was the leader of the Great Arab Revolt in 1916.
Prince Muhammad underwent his primary schooling at the Islamic Scientific College in Amman and then attended the École Beau Soleil in Switzerland. He then went to Bryanston College in the United Kingdom where he finished his secondary education. Between 1956-1957 he attended the Military Academy in Baghdad. Upon his return to Jordan in 1958, he joined the Jordan Arab Army and served in the first Royal Guard Regiment before becoming Aide de Camp to His Majesty King Hussein.
Prince Muhammad has served his country in many official capacities: from 1952-1962 he was Crown Prince of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1971 he was appointed by His Majesty King Hussein as the Head of the Council of Tribal Chiefs. In 1973, a Royal Decree invested him as the Personal Representative of His Majesty King Hussein. He then headed the Supreme Committee for Tourism in Jordan. He has also served as Regent and as Head of the Regency Council on numerous occasions in the absence of His Majesty the King. He holds the honorary rank of Full General in the Jordanian Armed Forces, as well as many high decorations from Jordan and other countries.
Prince Muhammad speaks fluent Arabic, English and French and understands German and Ottoman Turkish.
Prince Muhammad practices and promotes various sports including Karate, chess, shooting and hunting. He is the Honorary President of the Jordanian Chess Federation and the Jordanian Shooting Federation. He is also the Honorary President of the British Federation of Koyokoshinkie Karate holding a first Dan and honorary fifth Dan in that martial art. In 1960 he earned his Private Pilot’s License.
H.R.H. Prince Muhammad married H.R.H. Princess Taghrid, daughter of the late Hezza’ Basha Al Majali, Prime Minister of Jordan on June 28th 1981. He has two sons from a previous marriage: H.R.H. Prince Talal, the Director of the National Security Council (b. 26 July 1965), and H.R.H. Prince Ghazi, the Cultural Secretary to His Majesty King Hussein (b. 15 October 1966).
Her Royal Highness Princess Taghrid Muhammad, the former Taghrid Majali, daughter of the former late Prime Minister Hazza Majali, who was assassinated in 1960, was born on June 18, 1950. Her Royal Highness obtained her primary and secondary education in Amman and attended the Ladies College, a finishing school in England. After she returned to Jordan she worked at the Antiquities Department and then went into private business until she married His Royal Highness Muhammad bin Talal in 1981.
Her Royal Highness has indulged in charity works and activities among which the Orphanage for the Development of Young Jordanian Woman, the first society established in Jordan which aims in adopting young girls and start their education from primary until reaching college after which, it helps the young graduates find jobs in order for them to be independent. Her Royal Highness is the Patron of the Society since 1985. She also heads the Society for Bedouin Affairs and is the Honorary President of the Modern School for young children in Amman.
Among Princess Taghrid’s hobbies and interests are: tennis, reading, aerobics and skiing.