Queen Rania of Jordan

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Queen Rania during a visit in May 2018
Queen consort of Jordan
Tenure7 February 1999–present
Proclamation22 March 1999
BornRania Al-Yassin
(1970-08-31) 31 August 1970 (age 53)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
IssueCrown Prince Hussein
Princess Iman
Princess Salma
Prince Hashem
Full name
Rania Al-Abdullah
FatherFaisal Sedki Al-Yassin
MotherIlham Yassin

Queen Rania of Jordan (Arabic: انيا العبد الله; born Rania al-Yassin and sometimes called Rania al-Abdullah; born on 31 August 1970 in Kuwait City, Kuwait) is the Queen consort of Jordan. After she married Abdullah II of Jordan, she became known for her work in education, health, community empowerment and micro-finance. She also uses social media often (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube). She has two daughters and two sons. She has been given many awards by governments.

Personal life[change | change source]

Rania al-Yassin was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents. She went to the New English School in Jabriya, Kuwait. She got a degree in business administration at the American University in Cairo. Before graduating from the American University, she worked with Citibank and Apple, Inc..[1]

Work[change | change source]

Work in Jordan[change | change source]

Education and health[change | change source]

Queen Rania of Jordan has launched and fought for many initiatives in education and learning.

In July 2005, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the King and Queen created the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education.[2][3] It is an annual award for teachers.

Queen Rania is the chairperson of Jordan's first children's museum. It was opened in May of 2007. It encourages lifelong learning for children and their families.[4][5] In 2007, Queen Rania began a program to renovate 500 of Jordan's schools in a period of five years.[6] Queen Rania is also chairperson[7] of the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS).[8]

Community empowerment[change | change source]

Queen Rania created the Jordan River Foundation in 1995. This foundation works to empower society, especially women and children, to improve the quality of life and make a better future for all Jordanians. She also created the Jordan River Children Program (JRCP). This program wants to place children’s well-being above politics and cultural taboos.[9] After two children were killed in Jordan because of child abuse, Queen Rania called for an emergency meeting to discuss where the system was failing.[10]

Online[change | change source]

YouTube[change | change source]

On 30 March 2008, Queen Rania launched her own YouTube channel. It was originally to invite viewers to give their opinions on the Middle East and talk about the stereotypes they may have of Arabs and Muslims.[11]


10 June 1993-22 March 1999 Her Royal Highness Princess Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

22 March 1999 Her Majesty The Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

National Honor


-Grand Cordon with Collar of the Order of Al-Hussein bin Ali (9 June 1999)

-Knight Grand Cordon, Special Class of the Supreme Order of the Renaissance (6 March 2024)

Foreign Honors

-Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold (18 May 2016)

-Germany: Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (21 October 2002)

-Italy: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (19 October 2009)

-Japan: Grand Cordon (Paulownia) 1st Class of the Order of the Precious Crown (4 December 1999)

-Portugal: Grand Cross (GCSE) of the Order of Saint James of the Sword (16 March 2009), Grand Cross (GCIH) of the Order of Infante Henry (5 March 2008)

-Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III (21 April 2006), Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic (18 October 1999)

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Profile: Jordan's Queen Rania", BBC 7 November 2001.
  2. Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education.
  3. Queen launches award to honor school principals Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine, 15 April 2009.
  4. King, Queen join Jordanian children at opening of children's museum, Jordan Times, 23 May 2007.
  5. "Childrens' Museum of Jordan". Cmj. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  6. "Madrasati.jo". Madrasati. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  7. Queen Rania chairs first meeting of Royal Health Awareness Society, 7 September 2005.
  8. "Royal Health Awareness Society". RHAS. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  9. Interview with Il Messaggero, 13 May 2008.
  10. Queen calls emergency meeting to discuss child abuse cases, Jordan Times, 24 July 2009
  11. Queen Rania Launched YouTube Channel, USA Today, 31 March 2008.

Other websites[change | change source]