Aman.- The long awaited day Jordanian royal wedding Thursday began with a startling announcement Great Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate were present As a witness to the marriage Crown Prince Hussein and his Saudi girlfriend.
The British royal family attended It was kept secret And confirmed by Jordanian state media hours before the ceremony began at the palace.
The wedding of Jordan’s heir to the throne, 28, and Rajwa Alseef, a 29-year-old architect associated with his home country’s monarchy, emphasizes continuity in an Arab country revered for its enduring stability. The festivities, which began Thursday afternoon, introduce Hussain to a wider global audience.
The celebration strengthens the royal family’s line of succession, refreshes its image after a dispute at the palace and could help resource-strapped Jordan. Create a strategic link with its oil-rich neighbor Saudi Arabia.
On Thursday morning, Saudi wedding guests and tourists, men dressed in white Dishtasha And women Risks Passed through the brightly colored, elegant marble hall Four Seasons Hotel in Amman. The bride’s aunt, Noura Al Sudhairi, wore sweatpants and sneakers as she headed to breakfast.
“We are all very excited and very happy for this union,” he said. “Of course, this is a beautiful thing for our families and the relationship between Jordan and Saudi Arabia.”
Excitement for the wedding, Jordan’s biggest royal event in years, is building in the capital Amman, where congratulatory banners of Hussein and his bright bride adorn buses and hang from hillside streets. Shops had competing royal regalia shop windows. Royal commentators say it is still an official secret which fashion designer Alseef will choose.
Nancy Trana, a 28-year-old legal practitioner, said she had been tracking Alseif’s every move in clothing for the past week.
“She’s very beautiful, very beautiful, and it’s clear from her body language how much she loves the queen,” he said of Hussein’s glamorous mother, Rania. “Jordan Feels Like Everyone Gets Married”Tirana was surprised when Mansaf ate Jordan’s national dish of lamb with rice in milk before heading to a wedding-themed concert.
Jordan’s 11 million citizens have seen how The young crown prince has risen to prominence in recent years, he increasingly joined his father Abdullah II in public appearances. Hussain graduated from Georgetown University, joined the army and gained some global recognition by speaking at the UN General Assembly. Experts say that your wedding signifies your next important ritual.
“It’s not just a wedding, it’s a presentation of the future King of Jordan”Political analyst Amar Sabile said. The Crown Prince issue is closed.
Marriage can create a brief joy for Jordanians in difficult economic times, including a stable one Youth unemployment and a declining economy.
Palace officials have made the occasion synonymous, coming a week after Jordan’s 77th birthday. A public relations campaign. Combining tradition and modernity, the royal family has introduced a wedding hashtag (#CelebratingAlHussein) and a ubiquitous logo that combines the couple’s initials with the Arabic words “We rejoice.”
Photos and videos of Alseif’s henna party, a traditional pre-wedding celebration involving the bride and her female friends and family members, and the couple’s engagement ceremony in Saudi Arabia last summer have been shared in state-linked media.
The kingdom announced Thursday holiday Crowds gathered after the service to greet the wedding procession of red Land Rover jeeps, representing the traditional parade of red-coated horsemen during the reign of the country’s founder, King Abdullah I. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the free concerts and cultural events. Giant screens have been set up across the country to witness the event in large numbers.
The signing of the marriage contract will take place at the Sahran Palace in Amman, not seen in such pomp and circumstance since 1993, on the same equally sunny June day, Abdullah married Rania, who was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents. Decades earlier, Abdullah’s father, the late King Hussein, had sealed his vows on the same estate with his second wife, British citizen Antoinette Gardiner.
In addition to the Prince and Princess of Wales, the guest list included various foreign monarchs, nobles and dignitaries, including the monarchs of the Netherlands, Máxima and Guillermo and their daughter Amalia and First Lady Jill Biden and US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry. Others attending will include Saudi aristocracy, as Alseef’s mother is related to the influential wife of Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdulaziz Al Saud. His father, a billionaire, owns a large construction company in the kingdom.
Once the ceremony is over, move on to the wedding party Al Husseiniya Palace, about a 30-minute drive away, where the reception, entertainment and state party will take place. The royal family is expected to receive More than 1700 guests at the reception.
Experts believe that marriage A favorable alliance for the Hashemites, historical rivals of the Al Saud family in the east. Jordan has recently sought closer ties with Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich Gulf Arab states, which have given the aid-dependent country billions of dollars in the past, but have since reduced their spending.
Some noted that the royal fairytale was fraught with tension as restaurants played Arabic wedding songs with sing-along responses and cars honked downtown in celebration. Jordanians struggle to make ends meet.
Osama, a 25-year-old bookseller, was excited by the event and decorated his car and shop windows with portraits of the royal family. But he also knew that reality would soon return.
“Of course, it’s fun,” she said, declining to give her last name for fear of retribution. “But in a day or two, we’ll be back to our problems.”.
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