Princess Sarvath of Jordan

with her husband, Prince Hassan, at the 2013 Inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. photo: Zimbio

with her husband, Prince Hassan, at the 2013 Inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. photo: Zimbio

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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November 24: Today in Royal History

Wedding of King Louis XIII of France and Anne of Austria, Photo Credit – http://www.reprodart.com

November 24, 1273 – Birth of Alfonso, Earl of Chester, son of King Edward I of England, at Bordeaux, France
Alfonso was the third son and ninth child of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile.  His two elder brothers had died so Alfonso was the heir apparent to the throne.  Alfonso died at age 11 at Windsor Castle and was buried at Westminster Abbey near the shrine of Edward the Confessor.  Had he survived his father, England would have had a King Alfonso.
Wikipedia: Alfonso, Earl of Chester

November 24, 1615 – Wedding of King Louis XIII of France and Anne of Austria
Wikipedia: Louis XIII
Wikipedia: Anne of Austria

November 24, 1655 – Birth of King Charles XI of Sweden at Tre Kronor in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Charles XI of Sweden

November 24, 1715 – Death of Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, wife of King Charles X of Sweden; buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp

November 24, 1724 – Birth of Maria Amalia of Saxony, wife of King Charles III of Spain, at Dresden Castle, Germany
Wikipedia: Maria Amalia of Saxony

November 24, 1741 – Death of Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden at Stockholm; buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden

November 24, 1916 – Death of Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, wife of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg
Wikipedia: Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

November 24, 1960 – Death of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia in Toronto, Canada; buried at York Cemetery in Toronto
Wikipedia: Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna

Royal News: Sunday 23 November 2014

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Prince Hassan of Jordan

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Prince Hassan of Jordan

Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan was born on March 20, 1947 in Amman, Jordan. He is the son of King Talal and Queen Zein, and a younger brother of the late King Hussein.

He attended the Summer Fields School and the Harrow School before attending Christ Church, Oxford University, earning his bachelors and masters degrees in Oriental Studies.

In 1965, King Hussein named Hassan Crown Prince, and he often served as Regent. He remained Crown Prince until just days before King Hussein died in 1999, when the King named his eldest son, Abdullah, as Crown Prince.

In 1968, Hassan married Sarvath Ikramullah. The couple 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)

Prince Hassan is involved with a large number of organizations and charities both within Jordan and around the world. A list of many of them can be found here. He has also written several books and articles, and received numerous awards and honorary degrees. In June 2013, he was appointed Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.

Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath often represent the Jordanian royal family at royal events around the world, such as the 2013 inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

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Royal Birthdays & Anniversaries: November 23 – November 29

Louis Ducruet; Photo Credit – www.zimbio.com

22nd birthday of Louis Ducruet, son of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco; born at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo, Monaco on November 26, 1992
Wikipedia: Louis Ducruet

Prince Hitachi of Japan; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

79th birthday of Prince Hitachi of Japan, son of Emperor Hirohito of Japan; born at the Tokyo Imperial Palace on November 28, 1935
Wikipedia: Prince Hitachi

November 23: Today in Royal History

King William III of the Netherlands, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 23, 1243 – Wedding of Richard, Earl of Cornwall (son of King John of England) and Sanchia of Provence at Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Richard, Earl of Cornwall
Wikipedia: Sanchia of Provence

November 23, 1503 – Death of Margaret of York, wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy and sister of King Edward IV of England and King Richard III of England, in Mechlin, Flanders
Wikipedia: Margaret of York

November 23, 1511 – Death of Anne of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England; buried at Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Framlingham, Suffolk
Anne married Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey (later 3rd Duke of Norfolk) but she died young and they had no children.  The Duke later married Anne Stafford, daughter of the Duke of Buckingham and was the uncle of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard.
Wikipedia: Anne of York

November 23, 1589 – Wedding of King James I of England (King James VI of Scotland) and Anne of Denmark at the Old Bishop’s Palace in Oslo, Norway
Wikipedia: James I of England
Wikipedia: Anne of Denmark

November 23, 1609 – Birth of Sophia Eleonore of Saxony, wife of George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, in Dresden (Germany)
Wikipedia: Sophia Eleonore of Saxony

November 23, 1886 – Birth of Prince Alexander of Battenberg, grandson of Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle
Full name: Alexander Albert
Alexander was the son of Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom and Prince Henry of Battenberg.  He married Lady Irene Denison, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Londesbrough.  During World War I, his surname was changed to Mountbatten and he was created 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke.
Wikipedia: Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke

November 23, 1890 – Death of King William III of the Netherlands at Het Loo, near Apeldoorn, The Netherlands; buried at Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, The Netherlands
Wikipedia: William III of the Netherlands

November 23, 1965 – Death of Elisabeth of Bavaria, wife of King Albert I of the Belgians, in Brussels, Belgium; buried at the Royal Crypt in the Church of Our Lady in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Wikipedia: Elisabeth of Bavaria

Royal News: Saturday 22 November 2014

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Prince Hamzah of Jordan

Prince Hamzah of Jordan

Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan was born on March 29, 1980 in Amman. He is the eldest son of King Hussein of Jordan, with his fourth wife, Queen Noor (the former Lisa Halaby). He has three younger siblings – Prince Hashim, Princess Iman, and Princess Raiyah, as well as several other half-siblings from his father’s previous marriages.

Hamzah began his education in Jordan, and attended the Harrow School in London. He then enrolled in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and served with the Jordanian Armed Forces in which he holds the rank of Colonel. He later graduated, in 2006, from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Upon their father’s death in 1999, Hamzah was named Crown Prince by his elder half-brother, the new King Abdullah II, in accordance with their father’s wishes. He would later serve occasionally as Regent for King Abdullah, and often represented him at events both within Jordan and abroad. However, on November 28, 2004, King Abdullah removed the title of Crown Prince. In a public letter, he said that … “Your holding this symbolic position has restrained your freedom and hindered our entrusting you with certain responsibilities that you are fully qualified to undertake.”  A few years later, the King named his own son, Hussein, as Crown Prince.

Prince Hamzah has been married twice. He first married his second cousin, Princess Noor bint Asem bin Nayef, on August 29, 2003 (with the official wedding on May 27, 2004). They had one daughter before divorcing in September 2009.
– Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007)

He then married Basmah Bani Ahmad on January 12, 2012. The couple have two daughters:
– Princess Zein bint Hamzah (2012)
– Princess Noor bint Hamzah (2014)

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November 22: Today in Royal History

King Eric V of Denmark, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

November 22, 1286 – Death of King Eric V of Denmark  in Finderup, near Viborg, Denmark, buried at Viborg Cathedral
Wikipedia: Eric V of Denmark

November 22, 1515 – Birth of Marie of Guise, second wife of King James V of Scotland, at Bar-le-Duc, Lorraine, France
Wikipedia: Marie of Guise

November 22, 1602 – Birth of Elisabeth of Bourbon, first wife of King Philip IV of Spain, at the Palace of Fontainebleau, France
WIkipedia: Elisabeth of Bourbon

November 22, 1728 – Birth of Karl Friedrich, 1st Grand Duke of Baden in Karlsruhe (Germany)
Wikipedia: Karl Friedrich, Grand Duke of Baden

November 22, 2002 – Death of Infanta Beatriz of Spain
Beatriz was the aunt of King Juan Carlos and the last surviving child of King Alfonso XIII of Spain.
Unofficial Royalty: Infanta Beatriz of Spain

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