First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, has confirmed her attendance at the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein, the son of Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, to his long-term girlfriend Rajwa Al Saif on June 1. The wedding will take place at the Zahran Palace in Amman, the capital of Jordan.
Relationships between the Bidens and the Jordanian Royals
Jill Biden’s spokesperson confirmed her attendance on May 26 and shared that her visit will also include several stops across the Middle East and North Africa. Jill’s attendance comes after she and her husband, President Joe Biden, have built a long-standing friendship with the Crown Prince’s parents, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania. The Crown Prince studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and when Joe was vice president between 2009 to 2017, he and King Abdullah II often met over breakfast. They have also met at least three times since Biden became president in 2021; twice at the White House and once in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Other European Royals Attending
Several other European royals have confirmed their attendance, including Belgium’s King Philippe and his 21-year-old daughter Princess Elisabeth, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and Princess Hisakoa and Princess Tsuguko of Japan. The Queen of Malaysia, Queen Azizah, also recently revealed that she would be at the service with her husband, and let slip the dress code on the day. She denied ongoing rumors that it is a white tie event, revealing guests have been asked to wear black tie, long dresses – but no tiaras.
Ahead of the big day, Queen Rania shared stunning photographs from Rajwa’s traditional pre-wedding henna party, which took place at the Royal Hashemite Court’s Madareb Bani Hashem on Monday, May 22. In one image, the two women can be seen warmly embracing, a big smile on Rajwa’s face, while in another they can be seen walking together, hand in hand. A third image shows the Queen delivering a moving speech, with an emotional Rajwa seen dabbing her eyes with a napkin.
Welcoming her guests, Queen Rania said, “I’m so happy that you could all be here to celebrate with us. Today is a special day for us, and to our entire Jordanian family: Our joy is one and the same… near or far, you are all in our hearts today.” Her Majesty explained that like any mother, she had always dreamed of Crown Prince Al Hussein’s wedding. “Al Hussein is your son as much as he is mine – you are his family and this is your celebration,” she added.
First Lady Jill Biden will attend the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Rajwa Al Saif on June 1. The event is expected to be attended by several European royals, including King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Azizah of Malaysia. Queen Rania of Jordan has already shared photographs of Rajwa’s traditional pre-wedding henna party, which took place on May 22. The Bidens have a long-standing friendship with the Crown Prince’s parents, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, and the Crown Prince studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC when Joe Biden was vice president.