There are many reasons why the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa Al Hussein will be remembered for generations to come. Among them was the stunning display of diplomatic fashion, which saw royals and heads of state worldwide combine modesty with Arab wedding guest dressing.
In a natural sartorial nod to the region, many attendees were dressed in Arab designers for the special occasion. After being spotted in a re-worn Elie Saab number earlier this year, Kate, Princess of Wales chose the Lebanese brand again, and this time, for a couture dress that seemed to continue her ongoing streak of pink outfits. The romantic, chiffon piece was picked from the designer’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection and came with Saab’s signature swirling embroidered details and a high neckline for a demure silhouette.
The groom’s sister Princess Iman, who recently marked her own wedding to Jameel Thermiotis, attended her first big family event as a married woman by dressing in Arab brands from head to toe. The young royal was pictured in a custom taupe-colored dress from Ashi Studio helmed by the namesake Saudi designer, with Queen Rania’s Arabesque Box Clutch from Lebanese brand Sarah’s Bag. Princess Iman completed the look with the Vittorio Brown Leather Pumps from Lebanese designer Jennifer Chamandi’s eponymous brand, whose Lore 65 Gold Leather Pumps were also favored by Princess Salma.
Reem Acra, who is fast becoming a diplomatic and royal wedding favorite, also dressed a number of guests on the big day. First Lady of the USA, Jill Biden served up a lesson in re-wearing dresses in a full-length mauve gown by the Lebanese designer, which she previously wore to a state dinner at the White House. Beatrice, Princess of York also attended the reception with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, dressed in a blush pink satin Reem Acra number with embellishments.
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Although not a guest at the wedding, honorable mention also goes to HM Queen Rania‘s beautiful Elie Saab gown for the reception, which she slipped into after wearing Dior couture to the ceremony. The custom number had been an adaptiation of the Lebanese designer’s Spring/Summer 2023 couture collection, and featured an asymmetrical cape and a fully-embellished bodice.