Jordanian Cabinet members and military leaders on Wednesday (27 December) congratulated King Hussein and his new wife, 24-year-old Queen Alia.
Jordanian Cabinet members and military leaders on Wednesday (27 December) congratulated King Hussein and his new wife, 24-year-old Queen Alia. The Jordanian King had married Alia Toukan a few days before (24 December) after divorcing his British-born wife, Princess Muna.
Queen Alia is a member of a prominent Palestinian family. She is the 37-year-old King' third bride. His first marriage to Princess Dina Abdel-Hamid, a distant cousin, was dissolved after two years in 1957.
The latest wedding came as a surprise, although there had been rumours in recent weeks that the King might marry for the third time. King Hussein and Queen Alia were married at the luxurious Amman home of her father, Sahauddin Toukan. It was reported that King Hussein's ex-wife would retain her title of Princess Muna and would live in a royal villa near Amman.
SYNOPSIS: King Hussein of Jordan and his new wife, Queen Alia, were congratulated on Wednesday by Jordanian cabinet ministers and military leaders. The couple married the Sunday before, after King Hussein divorced his British-born wife, Princess, Muna. The new Queen is a member of a Prominent Palestinian family.
The announcement of the divorce and wedding came as a surprise, despite recent rumours that the King would marry for a third time. The bride's father, Mr. Bahauddin Toukan, is a prominent Jordanian diplomat. Before the marriage, the Queen worked as a public relations officer with the Royal Jordanian Airline.
The congratulation of the King and Queen by Jordanian leaders was one of the few official functions surrounding the wedding. The King requested that there be no official celebrations of the occasion.