Prince Ali of Jordan

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Prince Ali of Jordan

Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan was born on December 23, 1975. He is the son of King Hussein of Jordan and his third wife, Queen Alia (the former Alia Baha Ad-Din Touqan). He has an elder sister, Princess Haya, and adopted sister, Abir Muhaisen. He also has several half-siblings from his father’s other marriages, including the current King Abdullah II.

Prince Ali began his education at the American Community School in Amman, Jordan, before attending the Salisbury School in Connecticut, graduating in 1993. He then enrolled in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, earning his commission in December 1994. He served in the Jordanian Special Forces, and later attended Princeton University, in New Jersey, graduating in 1999.

From 1999 until 2008, Prince Ali served as Commander of King Abdullah’s Special Security in The Royal Guards. In 2008, he established, and serves as director of, The National Centre for Security and Crisis Management.

In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Royal Film Commission, President of the Jordan Football Association, and is Founder and President of the West Asian Football Federation. Since 2011, Prince Ali has also served as Vice President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Prince Ali was married on April 23, 2004, to Rym Brahimi, a former CNN journalist. The wedding was publicly celebrated on September 7, 2004. The couple have two children:
– Princess Jalila bint Ali (2005)
– Prince Abdullah bin Ali (2007)

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November 21: Today in Royal History

Victoria, Princess Royal, Queen Victoria’s eldest child; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 21, 1682 – Wedding of King George I of Great Britain and Sophia Dorothea of Celle at Celle Castle Chapel, Germany
The marriage occurred before George became king. George later divorced Sophia Dorothea and had her confined in a German castle for the rest of her life.
Wikipedia: George I of Great Britain
Wikipedia: Sophia Dorothea of Celle

November 21, 1689 – Birth of Jacques I, Prince of Monaco
Wikipedia: Jacques I, Prince of Monaco

November 21, 1761 – Birth of Dorothea Jordan, mistress of King William IV of the United Kingdom and mother of his ten illegitimate children, near Waterford, Ireland
Wikipedia: Dorothea Jordan

November 21, 1840 – Birth of Victoria, Princess Royal, Queen Victoria’s eldest child, at Buckingham Palace
Full name: Victoria Adelaide Mary
Wikipedia: Victoria, Princess Royal

November 21, 1916 – Death of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria; buried at the Imperial Crypt in Vienna
Wikipedia: Franz Joseph of Austria

Death of the 18th Duchess of Alba

Duchess of Alba

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November 20, 2014 – Death of Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba

On November 20, 2014, the 18th Duchess of Alba (Spanish nobility) died at her home, Palacio de las Duenas, in Seville, Spain at the age of 88. Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva was born March 28, 1926 at Liria Palace in Madrid, Spain. She was the only child of Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó, 17th Duke of Alba and his wife María del Rosario de Silva, 9th Marquise of San Vicente del Barco, and succeeded to her father’s titles in her own right upon his death in 1953.  Her godparents were the King and Queen of Spain, Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenie.

Known as the Duchess of Alba, her most senior title, she held the world record for the world’s most titled person according to Guinness World Records. The Duchess of Alba held all her titles in her own right. Several of the titles have been ceded to her younger children. See the end of the article for a listing of all the Duchess of Alba’s titles.

The Duchess of Alba was the senior male preference primogeniture descendant of James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, 1st Duke of Fitz-James, 1st Duke of Liria and Jérica, the illegitimate son of King James II of England and Arabella Churchill, sister of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.

The Duchess of Alba’s assets are believed to be at least $753 million. She was an international jetsetter and frequently in the Spanish gossip pages. The Duchess married three times and her last two marriages were controversial. After her first husband died, she married an illegitimate born, former Jesuit priest. In 2011, at the age of 85, the Duchess of Alba married a man 24 years younger. Her six children and King Juan Carlos of Spain all opposed the marriage.

Wikipedia: Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba
BBC: Duchess of Alba: Spain’s richest aristocrat dies aged 88
Telegraph: The Duchess of Alba – Obituary

Listing of all the Duchess of Alba’s titles

Duchess
18th Duchess of Alba, Grandee of Spain
15th Duchess of Aliaga, Grandee of Spain
4th Duchess of Arjona, Grandee of Spain
11th Duchess of Berwick, Grandee of Spain (Jacobite Peerage)
17th Duchess of Híjar, Grandee of Spain
11th Duchess of Liria and Jérica, Grandee of Spain
11th Duchess of Montoro, Grandee of Spain

Count-Duchess
12th Countess-Duchess of Olivares, Grandee of Spain

Marquise
17th Marquise of the Carpio, Grandee of Spain
10th Marquise of San Vicente del Barco, Grandee of Spain
16th Marquise of La Algaba
16th Marquise of Almenara
18th Marquise of Barcarrota
10th Marquise of Castañeda
23rd Marquise of Coria
14th Marquise of Eliche
16th Marquise of Mirallo
20th Marquise of la Mota
20th Marquise of Moya
17th Marquise of Orani
12th Marquise of Osera
14th Marquise of San Leonardo
19th Marquise of Sarria
12th Marquise of Tarazona
15th Marquise of Valdunquillo
18th Marquise of Villanueva del Fresno
17th Marquise of Villanueva del Río

Countess
27th Countess of Aranda, Grandee of Spain
22nd Countess of Lemos, Grandee of Spain
20th Countess of Lerín, Grandee of Spain, Constabless of Navarre
20th Countess of Miranda del Castañar, Grandee of Spain
16th Countess of Monterrey, Grandee of Spain
20th Countess of Osorno, Grandee of Spain
18th Countess of Palma del Río, Grandee of Spain
12th Countess of Salvatierra, Grandee of Spain
22nd Countess of Siruela, Grandee of Spain
19th Countess of Andrade
14th Countess of Ayala
16th Countess of Casarrubios del Monte
16th Countess of Fuentes de Valdepero
11th Countess of Fuentidueña
17th Countess of Galve
18th Countess of Gelves
16th Countess of Guimerá
21st Countess of Modica (Kingdom of Sicily)
24th Countess of Ribadeo
25th Countess of San Esteban de Gormaz
12th Countess of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
20th Countess of Villalba

Viscountess
12th Viscountess of la Calzada

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Princess Haya of Jordan

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Princess Haya of Jordan

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein of Jordan was born on May 3, 1974. She is the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his third wife, Queen Alia (the former Alia Baha Ad-Din Touqan), and has a younger brother, Prince Ali, and an adopted sister, Abir Muhaisen. Just a few months before her third birthday, her mother died in a helicopter crash. Haya and her siblings were raised by her father and his fourth wife, Queen Noor, who were married in 1978.

She was educated in England, attending the Badminton School and the Bryanston School, before enrolling in St Hilda’s College, Oxford University. She graduated with an Honors Degree BA MA, in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).

A skilled equestrian, Princess Haya was the first female to represent Jordan internationally in show jumping. She won individual bronze at the 1992 Pan Arab Games (becoming the first female ever to have won a Pan-Arab medal in equestrian sports). She was named Equestrian Personality of the Year in 1996, by the Spanish Equestrian Federation. In 2000, she competed in the Sydney Olympic Games, and was also flag-bearer for the Jordanian athletes. In 2002, she became the first Arab woman to qualify and compete in the equestrian world championship when she competed in the FEI World Equestrian Games. During this time, in order to be able to transport her horses herself, she became the first Jordanian woman to obtain a license to drive heavy trucks. She was also the first Jordanian athlete to turn pro, signing a commercial contract with an Italian designer in May 2000.

In 2003, Princess Haya founded and became Chairperson of Tkiyet Um Ali – the first food aid NGO in the Arab World, in honor of her mother, Queen Alia. She also served as World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador from 2005-2007, the first Arab, and first woman, to serve in this role.

Since 2006, she has served as President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), serving two terms. In August 2014, she announced that she will not seek a third term.

2007 saw the Princess take on several new roles. She was appointed Chairperson of International Humanitarian City (IHC), and became a member of the International Olympic Committee. In September 2007, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. And the following month, former Secretary General Kofi Annan chose her to become a founding member of the Global Humanitarian Forum.

Princess Haya also serves as Global Patron for the World Academy of Sport, President of the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council, Chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, President of the Princess Haya Biotechnology Center at Jordan University of Science and Technology, and Honorary President of the Queen Alia Foundation for Hearing & Speech. In addition, she works closely with the World Food Programme and UNICEF.

Princess Haya became the junior wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, on April 12, 2004. The couple have two children:

  • Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2007)
  • Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2012)

 

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November 20: Today in Royal History

Alexandra of Denmark, wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 20, 996 – Death of Richard I, Duke of Normandy in Fécamp Normandy (France)
Wikipedia: Richard I of Normandy

November 20, 1737 – Death of Caroline of Ansbach, wife of King George II of Great Britain, at St. James Palace; buried at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Caroline of Ansbach

November 20, 1851 – Birth of Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I of Italy, at Palazzo Chiablese in Turin, Italy
Wikipedia: Margherita of Savoy

November 20, 1925 – Death of Alexandra of Denmark, wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, at Sandringham House, Norfolk; buried at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Wikipedia: Alexandra of Denmark

November 20, 1938 – Death of Maud of Wales, daughter of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, wife of King Haakon VII of Norway, at London; buried at the Royal Mausoleum in Akershus Fortress, Norway
Wikipedia: Maud, Queen of Norway

November 20, 1947 – Wedding of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip of Greece at Westminster Abbey
Unofficial Royalty: Wedding of Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten

November 20, 1992 – Fire seriously damages Windsor Castle
Unofficial Royalty: Fired seriously damages Windsor Castle
BBC: Windsor Castle – five years from disaster to triumph

November 20, 1995 – BBC Television broadcasts the Panorama interview with the Princess of Wales who admits being unfaithful to the Prince of Wales
BBC: Transcript of the BBC1 Panorama interview with the Princess of Wales
Telegraph: Princess Diana regretted Panorama interview

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Prince Feisal of Jordan

 

Prince Feisal of Jordan

Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan was born on October 11, 1963 in Amman, Jordan. He is the second son of King Hussein of Jordan and Princess Muna al-Hussein (the former Antoinette Gardiner), and a younger brother of King Abdullah II. He also has two younger sisters, Princess Aisha and Princess Zein, as well as large number of half-siblings from his father’s other three marriages.

He attended school for a year in England (St Edmund’s School) before continuing his education in the United States. He attended the Bement School, and the Eaglebrook School, both in Deerfield, Massachusetts, before completing high school at St Alban’s School in Washington, DC. He then attended Brown University, graduating in 1985 with a BSc in Electrical Engineering.

Prince Feisal trained with the Royal Jordanian Air Force before graduating college, and then after graduating he received his officer training and Basic Flying Training with the Royal Air Force at Cranwell. He then moved to RAF Valley where he received his RAF wings in 1987. He returned to Jordan and the Royal Jordanian Air Force. He currently serves as Deputy Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces.

In addition to his military duties, Feisal has been President of the Jordan Olympic Committee since 2003; Founder and Chairman of Generations for Peace, since 2007; and a Member of the International Olympic Committee since 2010.

Prince Feisal has been married three times. His first wife was Alia Tabbaa. They married on August 9, 1987 and had four children before divorcing in April 2008.

Princess Ayah bint Al Feisal (1990)
Prince Omar bin Al Feisal (1993)
Princess Sara bint Al Feisal (1997) – twin
Princess Aisha bint Al Feisal (1997) – twin

His second wife was Sarah Bassam Kabbani, married from May 2010 until September 2013. He is currently married to his third wife, Zeina Lubbadeh, since January 4, 2014.

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November 19: Today in Royal History

King Charles I of England, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 19, 1600 – Birth of King Charles I of England at Dunfermline Palace in Fife, Scotland
Wikipedia: Charles I of England

November 19, 1726 – Birth of Franz Joseph I, Prince of Liechtenstein in Milan (Italy)
Wikipedia: Franz Joseph I, Prince of Liechtenstein

November 19, 1962 – Birth of Prince Wenzel of Liechtenstein, son of Franz Josef II, Prince of Liechtenstein
Full Name: Franz Joseph Wenzeslaus (Wenzel) Georg Maria
Wikipedia: Franz Josef II, Prince of Liechtenstein – Marriage and Children

November 19, 1977 – Birth of Lady Davina Windsor, daughter of Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester; at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London
Full name: Davina Elizabeth Alice Benedikte
Wikipedia: Lady Davina Windsor

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