Princess Sarvath al-Hassan of Jordan
Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan is the wife of Prince Hassan of Jordan, the younger brother of the late King Hussein. She was born Sarvath Ikramullah on July 24, 1947, in Calcutta, India, the daughter of Mohammed Ikramullah and Shaista Suhrawardy.
Her father served in the Indian Civil Service, and following the partition of India, became Pakistan’s first Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. He also served as Ambassador to Canada, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Her mother was one of Parkistan’s first female members of Parliament, Ambassador to Morocco, and served several times as a delegate to the United Nations. The family moving around quite often, Sarvath received most of her education in the UK, and graduated from The University of Cambridge.
She married Prince El Hassan on August 28, 1968. The couple had first met ten years earlier when they were just 11 years old. They have four children:
– Princess Rahma bint El Hassan (1969)
– Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan (1971)
– Princess Badiya bint El Hassan (1974)
– Prince Rashid bin El Hassan (1979)
Sarvath and her husband served as Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Jordan for 34 years, until 1999 when King Hussein named his eldest son, Abdullah, to succeed him just days before his death. During this time, Princess Sarvath worked with many organizations and initiatives within Jordan, with much of her focus on education and social welfare.
The couple continue to represent Jordan often at royal events around the world.
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