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maryshawn 04-21-2004 05:19 PM

Queen Noor's Future
Queen Noor has rented a home on the Potomac and spends a lot of time there. Part of the reason she has spent so much time in the US is because her father was in very poor health and she wanted to be near him. Now that he has died, she seems to be traveling a lot on behalf of charities and her book tour has taken her all over the world. She also spends time in the US because at least one of her children is still in school here--and her friends and mother are here. I can't imagine her giving up her home in Amman. I did hear she sold their estate in England. And there are, of course, safety issues. I wouldn't want to be in Jordan right now as that chemical plot was just foiled and they seem to be a target for terrorists. Finally, she mentioned in an article in "People," she wants to give the new King and Queen "some time and space" and not be a distraction. So, there are many reasons why she is spending less time in Jordan. An amusing comment also from "People" was that, in America, she can go around after her exercise class with no makeup and a hat on and no one recognizes her. In Jordan, she would be expected to be much more "queenly" in her appearance. As her friend, Marion Freeman said, "when she became queen, she gave up a lot--including the right to a bad hair day." It must be nice to live with a bit more freedom as she can here.

Mary Shawn

CathyEarnshaw 04-28-2004 01:58 PM

Noor still maintains a home in Jordan. But she is the widow of the late sovereign. Rania is the consort of the reigning sovereign. Noor's role is different now. She still does an extraordinary amount of charity work, but it is more on an international level.

In a recent interview with Hello, she talked about her new role, and that Rania was the queen now.

lunara 04-28-2004 02:11 PM

Her siblings live in the US... it's natural that she feels more comfortable living close to them ...i bet she has no company in Jordan except her kids.
She probably feels like an alien there,now that her hubby is dead.

Bubbette 04-28-2004 04:00 PM

I think her kids would be enough company; I mean you always hear of parents moving closer to the kids and grandchildren--not to their siblings! But who is living in Jordan at this moment? I think they're all in school elsewhere, no?

hrhcp 05-20-2004 12:16 AM

Does she have any male friends beyond Jordan ?

Bubbette 05-20-2004 12:36 AM

I think she said she did, more or less, in an interview--but very subtly. Can you imagine her not having male suitors?

hrhcp 05-20-2004 01:02 AM

She's in what I would call an impossible position / role ..... I imagine with the press hounding her and the prominent role men play in the Arabian culture, and the status of her deceased husband .... she would have to be very delicate about the ardours of her suitors.

maryshawn 06-24-2004 11:42 PM

In videos and articles, others--not QN--said she had to give up her name, her religion and her US citizenship. Princess Grace had dual citizenship--Monaco and America--as do her children. As QN seems to be spending a great deal of time in her new rental home in Potomac, perhaps she too retained dual citizenship. I thought you could only spend a certain period of time here in the US if you were not a citizen--or perhaps as a royal she has preferential treatment and a special visa.....Does anyone know?

Also, I read she got rid of a lot of staff, which makes sense as she no longer is reigning Queen.....but who guards her when she is in America or outside of Jordan? Jordanian guards? The Secret Service? She must have some protection, I would think.

maryshawn 07-04-2004 06:53 PM

Queen Noor's Future
I re-read parts of her book this weekend and it said quite distinctly the big home called Buckhurst Park in England was "a gift from friends." Isn't that the one she sold? We all know she sold the home on the that leaves her with a rented home in the US, nothing in England (although they did have a house in London for awhile but I thought it was sold), Baab al Salaam in Amman. I still can't get an answer from anyone if their home in Aquaba, which she loved, became the King's automatically....if anyone knows, please write. I read her tiaras and some royal jewels remain the possession of the JRF.. She just seems to be living a restless life right now. Queen but with non of the perks. She admitted herself that the planes, the autos, and other things are not their's but exist to better serve the people......Once the book tour is over, then what does a woman in her early 50s and still quite lovely do? She can't remarry; who can compete with a King and she said "her children would strongly disapprove of even dating." She has a role with landmines and some cancer events but, with her children grown, it seems like she's looking down a long, lonely road.

Any thoughts or has she made any announcements of her plans?

lizfromVA 07-07-2004 12:46 PM

Queen Noor's Future
I think that Noor herself was the one who said she would never again date. But if it was the children who don't want her to, then they need to get over themselves and stop minding her business. It would seem like they would rather her be old and lonely rather than old and happy. How selfish. I do wish her luck in whatever she chooses to pursue. She's a woman who could really make a positive difference in the world.

Bubbette 07-07-2004 03:09 PM

I *highly* doubt that her children don't want her to remarry. She certainly could, but what's the upside? I am sure she has a boyfriend already.

Jackswife 07-07-2004 03:15 PM

I would imagine at some future point that Noor *will* remarry. She's still comparitively young, and the idea of her being alone for another 30 years or more, seems pretty tragic. If her children do disapprove that strongly, I think that shows a lot of selfishness on their parts. I'm sure she's smart enough to realize she won't find "another" Hussein, but still..if she wanted to find someone. I'm all for it.

Alisa 07-07-2004 03:22 PM

Queen Noor herself has indicated that she would never remarry. She once said something like " how can I settle for someone else when i've already had the best".

madonna23 07-07-2004 03:48 PM

she may not remarry but she certainly is dating someone - James Kimsey....i don't know what he does but he is on several boards with her.

they're seen together often but refuse to take pictures together because QN is afraid people in jordan will get the wrong idea...but i've read several articles which report she is seriously seeing him and has been for a long time...

Bubbette 07-07-2004 04:08 PM

Here's a little about him--I think he compares favorably with the King:

James V. Kimsey is a lifelong Washingtonian, born in the District of Columbia and raised in nearby Arlington, Virginia. He attended St. Johnís College High School, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and studied at Georgetown University on an honors scholarship.

Kimsey is most widely known as the Founding CEO of America Online, Inc. (AOL). He transformed what began as Quantum Computer Services in 1985 into the nationís leading independent provider of interactive online services to consumers, and the largest company ever started in Washington.

In 1996 he became AOL Chairman Emeritus and turned his energies to new challenges in business, philanthropy and personal diplomacy through the creation of the Kimsey Foundation ( ). While the foundation provides grants that benefit the community in areas from the arts to education, its overarching mission is to level the playing field for Washington's disadvantaged youth through education and technology.

Over the past 25 years, Jim has founded and served on the boards of a number of successful businesses, in a variety of disciplines, in the Washington , D.C. area. In 1994, he was named Business Leader of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. In 1998, he received KPMG Peat Marwick's High Tech Entrepreneur Award, the American Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award, and the first annual I Have A Dream award from the "I Have A Dream"' Foundation. In 1999 Jim received the Horatio Alger Award and a place in the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. In May of 2003, Jim received the first Kellogg Award for Distinguished Leadership from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University . He currently holds Presidential appointments to the West Point Board of Visitors and the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees.

Jim is also deeply engaged in international affairs. Jim has accompanied former President Clinton to Vietnam and in his position as Chairman of the Board of Refugees International he has visited Bosnia , Timbuktu and Cambodia to assess refugee repatriation, land mine removal and the other human rights concerns. In 2001 Jim was named Chairman of the International Commission of Missing Persons (ICMP) in Bosnia , by Secretary of State Colin Powell. The ICMP is an organization dedicated to identifying the more than 40,000 missing from the conflicts in the regions of the former Yugoslavia , through DNA research. Furthermore, Jim readily loaned ICMP DNA experts and analysts to help in the recovery process of those who perished in the Attack on America on September 11 th , 2001 . He most recently traveled to Iraq to assess the humanitarian situation left in the wake of Saddam Hussein's exile.

Jim served three combat tours as an airborne ranger, two in Vietnam , earning various awards for service and valor. Jim also built and staffed an orphanage in Vietnam after the completion of his first tour. He would continue to support that orphanage for three decades.

He is a member of the board of directors of several companies, including Capital One Financial Corporation and Thayer Capital. He also contributes his leadership to numerous civic and charitable organizations. He is Chairman of the Washington Opera, on the Executive Committee of the National Symphony and on the board of Georgetown University .

Jim has three grown sons, Mike, Mark and Ray. Currently, Jim resides in Mclean , Virginia .

madonna23 07-07-2004 04:16 PM

yes he is accomplished...i knew he had something to do with AOL... ;)

pepep 07-07-2004 05:22 PM

I think Queen Noor is entitle to happiness and can date whomever she wants.

maryshawn 07-11-2004 12:33 AM


Originally posted by Bubbette@Jul 7th, 2004 - 3:09 pm
I *highly* doubt that her children don't want her to remarry. She certainly could, but what's the upside? I am sure she has a boyfriend already.
It was a direct quote from Noor in an article in People this spring......"No, I'm not dating; for one thing my children wouldn't approve of it."

Julian 07-11-2004 02:03 AM

I think she will watch and see how things go with her eldest son and his role as Crown Prince. Perhaps if Hamzah and his new wife become sufficiently popular and respected over time then Queen Noor might, if she met the right person, feel free to consider marriage. So many small things are used against her already I just don't think she'd make a major move at this point. She might feel perfectly satisfied with her existing relationship as it is without taking it to marriage.

Bubbette 07-11-2004 10:29 AM


It was a direct quote from Noor in an article in People this spring......"No, I'm not dating; for one thing my children wouldn't approve of it."
Oh, I don't doubt that she *said* that; I just don't believe it's true. I mean how many children really don't want their parents to be happy, and how many adults would listen to their children in this type of situation?

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