Another day, another scene-stealing fashion moment from HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. The royal has been on a sartorial streak in recent weeks, whether she was spotted stepping out in maroon-colored, demi-couture gown from Ulyana Sergeenko or sporting a velvet, emerald blouse and pleated culottes from Zara. She did it again on Sunday during a visit to the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) at the University of Jordan in Amman. Her Majesty accompanied her husband, HM King Abdullah II to inaugurate the new premises of the educational center, and for the occasion wore a printed Gabriela Hearst dress with long sleeves and a high neck, and that was cinched with a waist-defining belt. She accessorized the on-trend look with a pair of blue and black Dior pumps and a Fendi bag. With a penchant for mixing international designers with local labels — last week she stepped out wearing a top from A.W.A.K.E with a handbag from Dubai-based label HALM — the stylish royal completed her ensemble with a pair of geometric, diamond earrings from Lebanese fine jewelry designer Ralph Masri.
Queen Rania is a staunch advocate for education, making it a top priority. In the 10 years since the non-profit teacher training academy was established, QRTA has empowered educators across Jordan with the skills, recognition, and support they need to excel in the classroom. The new premises, inaugurated under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, boasts new class rooms, lecture halls, and science labs, as well as the tools to support teacher trainees and ensure that they have the correct training they need to further enrich education in Jordan.
Speaking at the inauguration, Her Majesty thanked all those who contributed to the establishment of the academy, including her husband. “You inspire me when you ask with the concern of a father about the state of every school I visit. When we see images of you with your children across the Kingdom, leaning in to listen to them and show them you care. And, despite the weight of your responsibilities, you inspire me by keeping watch over your children’s education, and ensuring it meets your ambitions for them,” she stated. “I know you never wait for a word of thanks. Even so, from myself and on behalf of every student, father, mother, teacher, and principal – thank you, Your Majesty. If not for your vast heart – where every child can find a home – this project would not have seen the light,” she added.