There’s nothing like an extravagant royal wedding that brings most of us together. This time it’s the Crown Prince of Jordan, son of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, who is all set to tie the knot with a Saudi Arabian architect.
The gorgeous couple will get married with all the pomp and show fit for a royal wedding while being surrounded by fellow royals from around the world.
For the first time since the wedding of then-Prince Abdullah II and Rania Al-Yassin in 1997, the royal court will host a wedding on this scale. So it’s no surprise that the Jordanian royals are pulling out all stops to celebrate the nuptials of Crown Prince Hussein and Rajwa Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saif.
Everything to know about the royal wedding in Jordan
How are the royals celebrating the upcoming wedding ceremony?
A few weeks ago, Queen Rania kicked off the festivities by hosting a henna party for her future daughter-in-law and hundreds of women at the Madareb Bani Hashem.
The bride and the attending guests were treated to a heartfelt speech by the Queen as she welcomed Rajwa into the family and expressed her joy at the union. The bride wore a white and gold outfit that was inspired by the traditional Saudi garment Najdi and had elements of Jordanian style as well.
Along with this, thousands of young Jordanians were invited to attend a free tribute concert that was held, titled ‘Rejoice in Hussein’ at the Amman International Stadium. Many prominent Arab musicians performed onstage to commemorate the Crown Prince and his future bride’s upcoming nuptials.
Yesterday, 4,000 guests joined the royal court for a dinner party, including several high-ranking officials, business and military figures, and members from different sections of Jordanian society.
What will happen on the day of the royal wedding in Jordan?
The couple will get married in a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony in the gardens of the Zahran Palace in Amman. The ceremony, known as ‘Katb Al-Kitab’, will be attended by 140 guests, including the Royal Hashemite family, foreign royals, and heads of state.
The newly married couple will then make their way to Al Husseiniya Palace in a procession that is known as the Red Motorcade.
It’s a Hashemite tradition, dating back to 1946, and involves a 10km royal procession where 71 members of the Royal Guard, in traditional red scarves, lead the march comprising 20 red Land Rovers and motorcycles. On this day, public transportation is free for all citizens who wish to see the procession in person.
At Al Husseiniya palace, a wedding reception would be held where the guests will be greeted with performances by local and regional singers, Jordanian bands, the national orchestra, and folk dance groups. Traditionally, this is where the bride and groom cut the wedding cake. This is followed by a wedding banquet.
Who will attend the royal wedding in Jordan?
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that royals from across the world are making their way to Jordan to attend the historic wedding ceremony. This includes the King and Queen of Malaysia, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain, the King and Queen of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg; Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway; Hisako, Princess Takamado, and her daughter, Princess Tsuguko of Takamado of Japan. The US First Lady Jill Biden has also confirmed her attendance. It’s still not confirmed whether Prince William and Kate Middleton would attend the ceremony or not.