TitlesHM The Queen of Jordan (1999-)HRH The Crown Princess of Jordan (1999-1999)HRH Princess Rania al-Abdullah (1993-1999)Miss Rania Al-Yassin (1970-1993)
Rania Al-Abdullah, Queen of Jordan (Arabic: رانيا العبدالله) (born Rania Al-Yasin on August 31, 1970), is the queen consort of King Abdullah II of Jordan.
She met Jordanian King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, then Prince, at a dinner party in January 1993. Two months later, they announced their engagement and on June 10, 1993, they were married. They have four children:
- Prince Hussein (born June 28, 1994)
- Princess Iman (born September 27, 1996)
- Princess Salma (born September 26, 2000)
- Prince Hashem (born January 30, 2005)
Queen Rania has been an outspoken advocate of women's rights. She was awarded the honorary rank of colonel in the Jordanian Armed Forces by her husband, King Abdullah, on June 9, 2004.
She was named the third most beautiful woman in the world in the 2005 top 100 of Harpers & Queen magazine. In addition, she was the youngest queen in the world at the time King Abdullah succeeded to the throne. She makes many public appearances, including a half-hour television interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show on May 17, 2006, where she spoke about misconceptions about Islam and women's role in Islam. In May of 2000, she was named an honorary member of Deerfield Academy's class of 2000 (her husband's alma mater).Royal Family of Jordan
Rania is also among the 100 most powerful women of the world and always ranked among the most elegant ladies.
Rania Al-Yassin (now Queen Rania al-Abdullah) is renowned for her philanthropic work. She is active in fields of national concern, as well microfinance, the protection of children from violence, the promotion of early childhood development, and the incorporation of technology into schools. In 2003, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Criminal Court's Trust Fund for Victims.
The Queen is involved with organizations including:
- Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation
- Jordan River Foundation
- Arab Women's Summit
- Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences (AABFS) - a pioneering institute in the ME region offering technical and academic training in banking and financial services
- Jordan Cancer Society
- National Team for Family Safety
- National Team for Early Development
- Child Safety Program and Dar Al-Amman (center for abused and neglected children, the first of its kind in the Middle East)
- World Economic Forum (Foundation Board member) - In 2004, queen Rania chaired the nomination committee for the newly founded Forum of Young Global Leaders, associated with the World Economic Forum.
- UN Children's Fund (particularly the Global Leadership Initiative)
- The Vaccine Fund (board member since 2002)
- International Youth Foundation
- FINCA International (Foundation for International Community Assistance; board member since 2003)
- International Osteoporosis Foundation
- The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship