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HM Queen Rania’s Heartfelt Speech at Princess Iman’s Henna Party: “For the First Time, I’m the Bride’s Mother”

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Ahead of her nuptials to Jameel Alexander Thermiotis on Sunday, March 12, Princess Iman of Jordan has been making headlines for her ensemble at the henna party – a delicately embroidered silk chiffon dress by Jordanian designer Reema Dahbour that she paired with a belt worn by Queen Rania at her own wedding in 1993.

HM Queen Rania shared a heartfelt speech at the celebration at Amman’s Al Husseiniya Palace. “It is definitely a unique occasion. There are mixed feelings of joy, eagerness, preoccupation, and a little bit of fear too,” she said. “For the first time, I’m the bride’s mother. God bless her. Iman grew up quickly and became a bride, the most beautiful one. May God be pleased with her and bless her. She has been cheerful and kindhearted with everyone all her life.” 

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The 26-year-old princess was the undisputed belle of the ball, while Queen Rania stayed true to her sartorial reputation in a burgundy dress as a pair of rose gold and blush mesh pointed-toe pumps from Dior peeped from under the folds. In her hand, the queen carried a Bottega Veneta chain knot satin clutch with watersnake trim. Another prominent style moment came from Rajwa Al Saif, fiancé of crown prince Hussein bin Abdullah. The future queen opted for a dress by the Saudi luxury fashion house Art of Heritage and lime green suede pumps from Gianvito Rossi.


Other notable guests at the event included the bride’s grandmother, Princess Muna al-Hussein, and her aunts, Princess Aisha bint Hussein and Princess Zein bint Hussein, along with a myriad of friends and family. The joyful occasion was full of heartfelt speeches, singing, and of course henna as seen in a video posted by Queen Rania. A stunning performance from Jordan’s first all-female musical ensemble, Naya, paid an ode to the Kingdom’s heritage with traditional compositions while the women in attendance clapped in celebration and joy.

Watch the full video from Princess Iman’s pre-wedding henna party below.

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