by Olivia Morris
2 hours ago
It’s been a joyous year for the Jordanian royal family with the announcement of two engagements.
Firstly, in July, the eldest daughter of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Iman, announced her engagement to New York financier Jameel Alexander Thermiotis.
Then, just one month later, it was confirmed by the Royal Hashemite Court that Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II was to wed Ms Rajwa Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al Saif of Saudi Arabia.
Both royals are set to wed in 2023, but in particular, eyes will be on Crown Prince Hussein and his bride-to-be as it marks the next chapter in Jordan’s royal succession.
While she is still set to become an “official” royal, Rajwa is already learning the ropes having undergone her first public engagement with Crown Prince Hussein and also learning from her future mother-in-law.
Thus, it begs the question: who actually is Rajwa Al Saif? After all, one day she will be the future queen of Jordan.
Rajwa Al Saif was born in Riyadh on April 28, 1994 and is currently 28 years old.
The bride-to-be is the youngest of four children, including Faisal, Naif, Dana and Rajwa, born to parents Khalid bin Musaed Al Saif and Azza Al Sudairi.
The Al Saif family’s heritage dates back to the Subai tribe in the town of Al-Attar in Sudair, Najd, Saudi Arabia, where ancestors are known to have been the sheikhs of the town.
Rajwa was born and raised in Saudi Arabia where she completed her secondary education.
She then moved to New York to attend university at the College of Architecture at Syracuse University. After completing her undergraduate degree, Rajwa went to Los Angeles to study where she gained a degree from the Fashion Insitute of Design and Merchandising.
While still in Los Angeles, Rajwa worked for an architecture firm, but other than that, little is known about her career.
It’s unknown how Rajwa and Crown Prince Hussein met, but the joyous news of their engagement was announced on August 17, 2022.
A statement was issued by the Royal Hashemite Court alongside a series of photos from the couple’s engagement at Rajwa’s father’s home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Royal Hashemite Court is pleased to announce the engagement of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II to Ms Rajwa Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al Saif, and extends its sincere congratulations on this occasion pic.twitter.com/LRIq61PtRB
— RHC (@RHCJO) August 17, 2022
“The Royal Hashemite Court is pleased to announce the engagement of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II to Ms. Rajwa Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al Saif, on Wednesday, 17 August 2022, in the presence of Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah,” the statement read.
Welcome to the family
Upon the announcement of the engagement, Queen Rania also shared a personal congratulations to her son and his bride-to-be following the announcement.
“I didn’t think it was possible to hold so much joy in my heart! Congratulations to my eldest Prince Hussein and his beautiful bride-to-be, Rajwa,” she said on Instagram, also sharing photos from the engagement.
Then, just a few weeks later, Rajwa was photographed next to Queen Rania in a sweet family photo to mark Her Majesty’s birthday.
Style tips from Queen Rania
Since the announcemnet of her engagement to Crown Prince Hussein, it appears Rajwa has been taking some style tips from Queen Rania, even borrowing some pieces from her personal archives.
For their engagement ceremony, Rajwa wore an olive green dress, mustard shayla and white kaftan, embellished with gold flowers. The kaftan was sinched with a gold belt, which appears to be borrowed from Queen Rania, who was seen wearing the piece herself back in 2019 to mark Jordan’s Independence Day.
Rajwa also borrowed a pair of earrings from Queen Rania’s personal jewellery collection. In an official portrait with Crown Prince Hussein, Rajwa wore Her Majesty’s custom earrings by British jewellery designer Stephen Webster – the Magnipheasant Plumage Earstuds.
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