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Old 10-27-2007, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by yamamah View Post
That is very interesting DrHH. I hear that Queen Zein, Prince Hassan and others did not go to wedding because they blame Alia for King Hussein divorcing Princess Muna. Is that true? How did ordinary Jordanians feel?
Personally, I believe that the blame on Alia was more of an "Anger Displacement". Jordan was and remains a relatively conservative country. In 1972, divorces in the Christian community were forbidden and divorces in the Muslim community were rare. So, for the King to divorce and re-marry and in the same year, was too much for the Jordanians to accept. But we loved our King so much that we shifted our anger towards Queen Alia.

Queen Alia's first public appearances did not help much either. She spoke so slowly and so softly that she sounded like a 5 year old girl. That's when Jordanians said to themselves "Oh my God, what was the King thinking"

But like I said before, her death changed EVERYTHING.
Old 12-31-2007, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by DrHH View Post
Highly unlikely. Queen Alia died in February 1977 and the airport project (which led to King Hussein meeting Queen Noor) started in 1977 but I do not know which month.

Actually, the King did not meet Queen Noor until the first Boeing 747 was delivered to Jordan, that was much later in 1977 and possibly in 1978. The meeting was orchestrated by Queen Noor's father (who was with the crew who delivered the 747) but neither King Hussein nor Queen Noor knew what he had in mind.

i have a magazine called royal romances about king hussein and queen noor and it says

' At the beginning of 1976, Jordan's ministers and civic dignataries lined up at Amman International Airport to greet the arrival of Jordan's first jumbo jet. Hussein, radiant in his aorforce uniform, was presented to the line, but paused for more than the usual length of time when he was introduced to Lisa Halaby. It was clear to everyone present that the tall girl with the long honey blonde hair had made an impact on the king.

He made frequent visits to the airport and it was not long before workers in the administrative office noticed that the king would make a detour on the way to the boardroom to pause in the office where Lisa Halaby was working.'
Old 12-31-2007, 07:40 PM
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About Queen Alia, it says

'It was this strain and the arrival on the scene of a beautiful young public relations officer, Alia Toukan at Amman airport that finally ended the marriage (to Princess Muna). Hussein was in love with another woman and made no secret of the fact.

There was no rancour involved in the separation from Muna. Hussein who accepted responsibility for the divorce, made certain that Muna was well cared for.

She was given a palace in Amman - where she still lives with her parents, together with a house in Washington and a generous allowance as settlement. The only condition that Hussein imposed on her was that she should never talk about their relationship.

Many believe that Hussein's third marriage was the first true love match in is life. Lisa Halaby, of course, had yet to enter the picture.

The romance with Alia was truly a whirlwind one and Hussein lost no time in proposing to the striking beauty. 'He was like a little boy with a new toy' said one friend of the family. ' He wanted to show Alia to everyone and toured the length and breadth of Jordan by car and helicopter to ensure that everyone should see his conquest.'

'He was bowled over by Alia's beauty' said a Jordanian journalist. 'You could see he was moon-eyed, quite obsessed with the woman.' The two were clearly deeply in love when they were married on the following Christmas Eve. Alia bore Hussein two children, a princess Haya, and a prince, Ali. They adopted a baby girl, Abir, who had been orphaned in an air crash. It was on a February evening in 1977 that Hussein, waiting at the airport to meet Alia, was told that her helicopter had crashed in a desert sandstorm and there were no survivors.

Hussein was plunged into a black depression after Alia's death. Alia's death affected him greatly. In his anguish, Hussein turned to his ex-wife Princess Muna, and her family and spent many tearful hours with them before plunging himself back into the affairs of state.

Significantly, the Jordanian's themselves admit that the great national love for Alia only took place after her death in such tragic circumstances.'
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The new thread for the late Queen Alia can be found here.

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