Thursday, March 29, 2018

Royal Profile: Prince Hamzah of Jordan

Prince Hamzah bin Al-Hussein of Jordan was born 29 March 1980 as the son of King Hussein and Queen Noor {Source}. He has several half siblings, siblings, half-siblings-in-law, siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews:
  1. Princess Alia bint Al Hussein (1956)
    1. Lieutenant-Colonel Nasser Wasfi Mirza (m. 1977-1988, div)
      1. Prince Hussein Mirza al Hussein (1981)
    2.  Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (m.1988)
      1. Talal Al-Saleh (1989)
      2. Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (1992)
  2. King Abdullah II (1962, half brother)
    1. Queen Rania
      1. Crown Prince Hussein (1994)
      2. Princess Iman (1996)
      3. Princess Salma ( 2000)
      4. Prince Hashem (2005)
  3. Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1963)
    1. Princess Alia Tabbaa (1987-2008, div)
      1. Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal of Jordan (1990)
        1. Mohammad Talal Halawani (m. 2014)
          1. Raiyah Halawani (2016)
      2. Prince Omar bin Al Faisal of Jordan (1993)
      3. Princess Sara (1997)
      4. Princess Aisha (1997)
    2. Zeina Lubbadeh
      1. Prince Abdullah bin Al-Faisal (2016)\
  4. Princess Zein bint Al Hussein (1968)
    1. Majdi Farid al-Saleh (m. 1989)
      1. Jaafar al-Saleh(1990) 
      2. Jumana al-Saleh
      3. Tahani al-Shahwa (adopted)
  5. Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein (1968)
    1. Zeid Saadedine Juma (m. 1990-? div.)
      1. Aoun Zeid Saad Edden Juma (1992)
      2. Muna Juma (1996)
    2. Ashraf Banayoti (2016-2016)
  6. Princess Haya bint Hussein (1974)
    1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,(m. 2004)
      1. Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2007)
      2. Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2012)
  7. Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (1975)
    1. Princess Rym al-Ali (1969, m. 2004)
      1. Princess Jalilah (2005)
      2. Prince Abdullah (2007)
  8. Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein of Jordan (1981, full brother)
    1. Princess Fahdah (m. 2006)
      1. Princess Halaah bint Hashim of Jordan (2007)
      2. Princess Rayet Al Noor bint Hashim of Jordan (2008)
      3. Princess Fatima Al Alia bint Hashim of Jordan (2011)
      4. Prince Hussein Haidara bin Hashim of Jordan (2015)
  9. Princess Iman bint Hussein (1983, full sister)
    1. Zaid Azmi
      1. Omar Azmi (2014)
  10. Princess Raiyah bint Hussein (1986, full sister)

He was educated in Jordan and England. He attended local elementary schools before attending Harrow School and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in England {Source}. During his time at Sandhurst, he earned a number of prizes including the Sandhurst Overseas Sword, and The HRH Prince Saud Abdullah Prize {Source}.

He served in the Jordanian Arab Army's 40th Armored Brigade, and attended a number of miltary attachments and courses in Jordan, The UK, Poland, Germany and the United States {Source}. Currently, he holds the rank of Colonel in the Jordan Arab Army {Source}. He served with the Jordan-United Arab Emirates force operating in former Yugoslavia under the umbrella of international peacekeepers {Source}. In 2006, he graduated Harvard University {Source}. Prince Hamzah is a qualified rotor and fixed wing aircraft pilot and enjoys other sports such as Jujitsu and target-shooting {Source}.

The 37 year old has acted for his elder half brother on several occasions in both Jordan and abroad {Source}. He is chair of the Royal Advisory Committee on the Energy Sector, Honorary President of the Jordanian Basketball Federation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Automobile Museum, President of the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan and President of Al-Shjarah (tree) Protection Society {Source}.

Upon his father's death in 1999, his elder half-brother succeeded their father. At this time, his brother named Prince Hamzah is Crown Prince {Source}. Prince Hamzah held this title until his brother named his eldest son, Crown Prince Hussein, as his rightful heir to the throne in July 1999 {Source}.

Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein of Jordan has been married twice. He was married to Princess Noor bint Asem bin Nayef from 2003-2009. He married Princess Basmah biani Ahamad on 12 January 2012. With his two wives, he has four daughters:

  1. Princess Noor (m 2003-2009)
    1. Princess Haya bint Hamzah (2007)
  2. Princess Basmah bani Ahmad (m 2012)
    1. Princess Zein bint Hamzah ( 2012)
    2. Princess Noor bint Hamzah (2014)
    3. Princess Badiya bint Hamzah (2016)
    4. Princess Nafisa bint Hamzah (2018)

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