Friday, September 3, 2010

Queen Rania of Jordan (@queenrania) turned 40 this week #1 > her youth


As I told you here a couple of days ago, it was Queen Rania's 40th birthday. Let's do a little retrospective on her life, shall we?

A gifted student, Rania was born in Kuwait as the second of three children to a Palestinian paediatrician. The family fled to Jordan following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Her brother Majdi has said their upbringing was "boring in its normalcy" – but that is just what allows the Queen to connect so successfully with her people. "I understand where they are coming from," she says. "I am a product of this society and I can relate to them." Rania went to the New English School in Jabriya Kuwait, before reading Business Administration at the American University in Cairo and moving back to Jordan to take on high profile marketing jobs at Citibank and Apple. Shortly afterwards, however, her life was set to change forever...