In the Jordanian capital of Amman on thursday (29 December), King Hussein and members of the Royal Family attended a simple ceremony to mark the end of the King's Silver Jubilee Year.
In the Jordanian capital of Amman on thursday (29 December), King Hussein and members of the Royal Family attended a simple ceremony to mark the end of the King's Silver Jubilee Year. King Hussein came to the throne 25 years ago after hi father abdicated because of an incurable mental illness.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony took place at the seat of the Jordanian Royal Family, the Raghadan Royal Palace in Amman.
For King Hussein it marked the end of a round of celebrations and official functions which have included the opening of a new university and a thermal power station as well as mass public displays to honour the man who has become the Middle East's longest-reigning ruler.
The closing ceremony, however, was a much simpler affair. It involved the lowering of a special flag which had been designed to celebrate the 25th year of the monarch' reign.
King Hussein's 25 years on the throne have not been easy. In that time he has survived nine assassination attempts and has guided his country through three wars.
The 42-year-old monarch, however, has not escaped personal tragedy. At the beginning of this year the King's third wife, Queen Alia, was killed when her helicopter crashed.
In the final weeks of his Jubilee Year, King Hussein had little time at home. Following Egyptian President Sadat's Middle East peace initiatives, the monarch toured six Gulf States to win support for the Egyptian position.