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Queen Rania Biography
- Rania Al Abdullah (Arabic: Ã˜Â±Ã˜Â§Ã™Â†Ã™ÂŠÃ˜Â§ Ã˜Â§Ã™Â„Ã˜Â¹Ã˜Â¨Ã˜Â¯ Ã˜Â§Ã™Â„Ã™Â„Ã™Â‡Ã¢Â€ÂŽ RÃ„ÂnyÃ„Â al-Ã¢Â€Â˜abdu l-LÃ„Âh) (born Rania al Yassin on 31 August 1970) is the current Queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan. Queen Rania speaks on behalf of a variety of causes, both at home and abroad. In Jordan, her work concentrates on the calibre and quality of education for Jordanian children, while abroad she advocates for global education and for world leaders to fulfill their commitments towards the second Millennium Development Goal, Universal Primary Education.
Queen Rania Filmography
- (2008) Rania: The YouTube Queen as Herself
- (2007) Bambi Verleihung 2007 as Herself
- (1997) The View as Herself
- (1993) Quelli che... il calcio as Herself
- (1986) The Oprah Winfrey Show as Herself
- (1984) Jeopardy! as Herself - Video Clue Presenter
- (1975) Good Morning America as Herself
- (1968) 60 Minutes as Herself - Queen of Jordan (segment "Davos") (as Queen Rania Al Abdullah)
Queen Rania Trivia and Facts
- Holds the rank of colonel in the Jordanian Armed Forces (9 June 2004).
- She graduated from the American University in Cairo with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1991.
- Has been Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan since 1999.
- Ranked #82 in Forbes magazines 2007 "100 most powerful women in the world" list.
- Met her husband Abdullah II King Of Jordan at a dinner party (1993).
- Ranked #3 in the "100 most beautiful women in the world" list by Hapers & Queens magazine.
- Gave birth to four children: Prince Hussein (born 28 June 1994), Princess Iman (born 27 September 1996), Princess Salma (born 26 September 2000) and Prince Hashem (born 30 January 2005).
- First Queen to sign Oprah Winfrey s "No Phone Zone" pledge ("The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986) / 23 April 2010).
- Suffered an arrhythmia in 2010 and it was fixed in a New York clinic.
- Strong advocate for womens rights.
- Fluent in English, Arabic and French.
- Of Palestinian origin.
- Her youngest child, Prince Hashem, was born on his fathers 43rd birthday.
- Is diabetic.
Queen Rania Quotes
- Being popular comes when you have everything. But to be liked, it means that you must be treating people with respect and you must be showing kindness toward them.
- With my son, I make sure that he understands that he, at the end of the day, needs to be a decent guy. He needs to be compassionate and inclusive.
- A mom part of me wants him (crown prince Hussein) to just have a normal life and just have the normal teenage experience and have friends and not have any pressure. But another part of me understands that by having the title, he can learn more about the people, the problems and the protocol of our country.
- My virtual self can get closer to people easier than my real self. People sometimes think of queen as a title thats shrouded with protocol and formality, and for that reason sometimes people are not easily saying what they want to say. Theyre reluctant to express their opinions, and I kind of find that frustrating because I want to know what people really, really think. It creates a space where titles mean little and people can just say what they want. It opens a window to my life and opens a window for me into other peoples lives so I can see what people are thinking or what the sentiment out there is all about.
- Theres not really a day when I dont have anything to worry about. In addition to taking care of my family, there are also the 6 million people in my country that I have to think about, and I have to think about the issues of our country and everything that faces us.
- [as Queen Rania approaches age 40] The lines crept on my face when I wasnt looking. Now when I go to department stores and the saleswomans like, Do you want to try this anti-wrinkle cream? [I think]: Who is she talking to? She must be talking to somebody else.
- [on being from a different culture] If we dont look each other in the eye, if we keep our backs to each other, then were never going to see face to face. I think that thats a tragedy and we all stand to lose by that."
- Were still suffering from the aftershocks [of 9/11]. There was the physical stuff that we saw-the destruction, the death. But there was invisible stuff-the fear that entered our hearts. The mistrust that we view when we see new places or new faces. The suspicion that informs our decisions.
- Theres a typical mayhem in the morning of taking care of the children, making sure theyre ready for school and theyve had their breakfast and everything. I have some help, [but] theres some things that only a mother can do.
- Eighty percent of my life is normal like any other mother. I worry about my children, if theyre doing all right. I worry that my husband is doing well. The 20 percent is just the queen aspect that factors in. But for me, its life as usual and its just taking care of my family.
- What I do is just a drop of water in the ocean.
Queen Rania Other Works
- (2010) Book: The Sandwich Swap (with Kelly DiPucchio); Hyperion (New York): ISBN: 1423124847.
- (1995) Founder of the Jordan River Foundation (JRF)
- (1997) Launched the Jordan River Foundation Child Safety Program
- (2000) Dar Al-Aman, the first center of its kind in the Middle East for neglected and abused children, is launched
- (2004) Ajloun Nature Reserve is opened in Jordan
- (2005) The Jordan River Foundation is launched in France
- (2005) Official inauguration of the Queen Rania Family and Child Center (QRFCC)
- (2006) Jordan River Foundation is launched in UK
- (2006) Family Support Line is launched (TRF link)
- (2007) JRF's USA Board is established during Queen Rania's working visit to the US in October
- (2008) Cornerstone laid for Queen Rania Al Abdullah Centre for Community Empowerment in Aqaba
- (2008) JRF becomes first NGO in the Middle East to launch its sustainability report
- (2010) Creator of the organization: 1 Goal= Education Beats Poverty
Queen Rania Trademarks
- Always wears belts
- Her elegance