Princess Rajwa Al Hussein’s role as the future queen of Jordan makes her a beacon of the Hashemite family’s impact and yet, she is an enigma in many ways. While she is known for upping the sartorial stakes as a member of the royal family of Jordan, the humanitarian causes that she supports lies at the true heart of the Hashemite princess’ influence. Until an official Princess Rajwa Al Hussein biography hits the shelves, here’s all that you ever wanted to know about Jordan’s future queen.
Who are Princess Rajwa Al Hussein’s parents?
Born as Rajwa Al-Saif in Riyadh on April 28, 1994, the royal’s parents are businessman Khalid Al Saif and wife Azza AlSudairi. Princess Rajwa’s father has founded El Seif Engineering Contracting, which is counted among the leading construction companies in Saudi Arabia, according to the Royal Hashemite Court.
Through her mother, Princess Rajwa’s roots can be linked to one of the most powerful women in the history of the kingdom: Hussa bint Ahmed AlSudairi (1900-1969). Popularly dubbed as the ‘mother of kings’, she is said to be the seventh and most beloved wife of King Abdulaziz, founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hussa bint Ahmed’s role as Princess Rajwa’s great-grand-aunt also makes her mother the first cousin—twice removed—of King Salman, the current king of Saudi Arabia. The Hashemite Royal Court has confirmed, “The Alseif family descends from the Subai tribe, and have been the sheikhs of the town of Attar in Sudair, Najd, since the beginning of the reign of King Abdulaziz Al Saud.”
Who are Princess Rajwa Al Hussein’s siblings?
Princess Rajwa Al Hussein is the youngest of four children. Her older brothers include Faisal and Nayef, and she also has one older sister, Dana. Not much is widely circulated in the media about Princess Rajwa’s siblings, but they are known to share a close-knit bond. She is also said to be close to the Crown Prince Hussein’s three younger siblings—Prince Hashem escorted her down the aisle at her wedding, while Princesses Iman and Salma followed closely behind to keep an eye on the bridal train as she made her way to the ceremony.
Where did Rajwa study?
Princess Rajwa completed her secondary education in her home country of Saudi Arabia, before pursuing higher education at Syracuse University School of Architecture. For royal enthusiasts scouring the crowds for a glimpse of the princess at her graduation ceremony, the sparkling sneakers that Rajwa paired with her graduation gown serve as a clear giveaway of her inimitable sense of style.
Her quest for broadening her horizons would lead Princess Rajwa to Los Angeles, where she enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She is also said to have acquired practical experience at a noted architectural firm during her time there.
As the future queen of Jordan, Princess Rajwa’s multi-hyphenate background offers a symbol of the country’s rich heritage. Spotted at prominent events across the globe, the Saudi Arabian architect and diplomat makes for a more than worthwhile representative of Jordan’s multi-faceted traditions and history.
Princess Rajwa Al Hussein’s wedding: A royal love story
While not much is known about where the happy couple first crossed paths, Crown Prince Hussein has in the past divulged about how the duo met. “I met my fiancée, Rajwa, through a classmate,” he shared during the Tawasol forum organized by the Crown Prince Foundation.
The union was formalized with an engagement ceremony on August 17, 2022 at her family home in Riyadh. King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan as well as other prominent members of the Jordanian royal family were present at the ceremony.
The newly engaged couple started making public appearances together — even beamed proudly at Princess Iman’s wedding in March 2023 — before their own wedding festivities a few months later. The celebrations officially kicked off with a royal henna party hosted by Queen Rania for her future daughter-in-law. In a heartfelt speech, she addressed Princess Rajwa’s mother, “We and Al Hussein will take the very best care of Rajwa. This is her country, and she is among her family and her people.”
Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa were officially married in Amman, Jordan. The intimate ceremony was followed by a royal banquet attended by key dignitaries from across the globe including William and Kate Middleton, Princess Beatrice, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, as well as Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
Princess Rajwa Al Hussein’s wedding dress
For bringing her vision of a fairytale wedding to life, Princess Rajwa turned to Lebanese designer Elie Saab, who created a full-sleeved white gown with an intricately draped bodice featuring an asymmetrical neckline. A long veil, chandelier earrings and a statement diamond tiara served as the finishing touches. The headpiece was inscribed with the words ‘Rajwatun min Allah’—translating to ‘a prayer answered by God’—in Arabic calligraphy. An ephemeral train swished behind in her wake, completing the dreamy vision.
For the evening reception, the new Princess opted for a custom couture number from Dolce & Gabbana featuring floral swirls. With her hands encased in pearly opera gloves and her hair slicked into an updo, the diamond tiara from the wedding ceremony offered the perfect foil for the look.
Princess Rajwa’s Best Fashion Moments
For those who are familiar with Princess Rajwa Al-Saif’s stylish wardrobe, the showstopper numbers in her bridal repertoire come as little surprise. As she jets off to diplomatic events around the globe, Princess Rajwa Al Hussein’s style has become synonymous with refined elegance.
For her first international visit to Singapore as a royal married couple, she delivered back-to-back sartorial moments. Noteworthy looks included a blush-hued pantsuit, a floral dress with billowing sleeves and a white Roksanda Ilincic number—styled with a gold belt borrowed from Queen Rania.
With a bevy of notable attendances at humanitarian causes, Princess Rajwa serves as a torchbearer of the Hashemite legacy in the modern world.