Thursday, May 10, 2012

Royal Profile: HRH Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco was born 10 May 1978, the daughter of al-Haj Abdel Hamid Bennan Naima Bennan. She is the princess consort of  Mohammed VI. She is the mother of  HRH Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (born 8 May 2003) and  HRH Princess Lalla Khadija (born 28 February 2007).

Her mother died when she was just three years old. She and her sister were raised by her maternal grandmother. She was educated in private schools in Rabat, Morocco.After completing her engineering studies, she worked for a few years between 1999 and 2002 as an information services engineer at ONA Group, the country's largest private holding company (which is also controlled by the Moroccan Royal Family).

She met her husband during a private party in 1999. They began a courtship shortly after, and were married in 2002.

Since becoming Morocco's first lady, she has kept a low-profile. However, unlike her predecessors for the postion, she has kept a more well known profile. She is active in supporting cancer associations and the Fez Sacred Music Festival. Salma has also represented the King and Morocco in meetings and gatherings in Thailand, Japan and France. She also founded a cancer prevention association in Morocco and has been involved in HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa work. Recently, she visited Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

For foreign honors, she holds orders from Belgium & Spain: 
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium since 5 October 2004
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic of Spain since 17 January 2005

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