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King Mohammed VI’s Niece Has an Intimate Moroccan Wedding

Lalla Nouhaila Bouchentouf and Ali El Hajji

Lalla Nouhaila Bouchentouf and Ali El Hajji. Photo: Twitter/@MAP_information

On Sunday, February 14, Morocco‘s royal palace announced the wedding of Lalla Nouhaila Bouchentouf, King Mohammed VI’s niece to Ali El Hajji. Bouchentouf is the only daughter of Princess Lalla Asmaa, who is the sister of King Mohammed VI.

King Mohammed VI bestowed the couple with his blessings while the wedding ceremony was an intimate occasion in the capital city of Morocco, Rabat. The Moroccan state media released a picture of the Bouchentouf and the groom, which shows the happy couple holding hands. Bouchentouf is seen wearing an emerald green kaftan with golden embroidery and the groom donning a white traditional Moroccan djellaba. The bride also wore a dainty tiara, which held her veil in place, and an array of statement emerald and gold jewelry to match her wedding attire.

As Morocco is still under a health-related state of emergency, The Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol, and Chancellery announced that the wedding took place in a rather intimate ceremony with close family to curb and limit the spread of Covid-19. Currently, Morocco is prohibiting mass gatherings and massive wedding functions to contain the pandemic’s spread and recently announced that it would be extending its night curfew by two weeks starting Tuesday, February 16.

Bouchentouf, who is 28-years-old, is following in her mother’s footsteps with her philanthropic work. Her mother is the patron of the Red Crescent and several organizations that focus on children with disabilities. While Nouhaila does not bear the title of Royal Highness or Princess, she does have an honorary title of Lalla Cherifa.

Congratulations, Bouchentouf and Hajji on beginning this exciting new chapter as newlyweds.

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