Whichever the royal family, the moment an offspring decides to tie the knot immediately turns into a global event, followed internationally by foreigners and natives alike, regardless of their initial interest in what the monarchs are up to. When a country’s most VIP individual announces plans to exchange vows with their better half, aunties, mothers, and grandmas all start dissecting the fits, pics, and habits of the princess-to-be, always having a comment or remark, can it be positive or negative, in-store to share with the rest of us.
Last year, our tetas only had the name of the eldest daughter of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Iman, in their mind as she announced her engagement to Caracas-born businessman Jameel Alexander Thermiotis. Given the news that was recently shared by officials, 2023 is about to get our beloved kin back talking again, as the Hashemite Kingdom revealed that Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II and his fiancé Rajwa Khalid Al-Saif will be walking down the aisle on June 1.
The Royal Hashemite Court is pleased to announce that the wedding of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II and Miss Rajwa Khalid Alseif will take place on 1 June 2023 #Jordan pic.twitter.com/f20BFedQjL
— RHC (@RHCJO) December 31, 2022
Marking a new chapter in the country’s history, as Prince Hussein is the next heir to the Jordanian throne, making his bride-to-be the future Queen of the Kingdom, many are wondering who will in fact be representing the Middle Eastern State after Rania. Ahead of the special moment, we took it upon ourselves to dig into Al-Saif’s life and present you with five facts about her.
She’s a Saudi national
Al-Saif was born in Riyadh and grew up in the Kingdom until she went on to complete her higher education abroad. Prince Hussein proposed to the bride-to-be at the home of her parents in Saudi Arabia on Aug. 17, 2022.
She’s a millennial, like us
A Taurus, Al-Saif was born on April 28, 1994, exactly two months before Prince Hussein, who celebrates his birthday on June 28. She is currently 28-years-old.
She studied in New York
The princess-to-be attended the Syracuse University School of Architecture. She has also lived and studied in Los Angeles as she’s also a FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) graduate. She previously worked at Designlab Experience in Riyadh, a conceptual design studio that “specializes in the creation of transformative experiences through bespoke architectural design and art.”
She hails from a respected family
Her family’s lineage goes back in time, with her ancestors allegedly known to have been sheikhs of Al-Attar in Sudair, Najd, Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, her mother reportedly belongs to the Al-Sudairi family, the same family as King Salman’s mother.
Her father, Khaled bin Musaed bin Seif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saif, is the founder and CEO of Al-Saif Engineering Contracting, “a reputable provider of world-class construction and engineering services in the Kingdom, with a long list of prestigious projects which are transforming the booming skylines of some of the region’s major urban centers.”
She has three siblings
Much like her future husband, Al-Saif has three siblings named Faisal, Naif, and Dana. However, unlike Prince Hussein, she is the youngest, while he is the oldest child.