Spotted: Jordanian Queen Rania on campus with President DeGioia
[Update]: According to a confidential source from the University, Queen Rania was here to discuss her son, the prince of Jordan, and his future at Georgetown as an incoming freshman. Prince Hussein bin Abdullah is about 18 years old and the eldest child of the royal family. In 2009, Hussein became Crown Prince of Jordan and went to King’s Academy for high school. Although without a citation, Wikipedia says Hussein is said to be a 44th-generation direct descendant of Prophet Mohammad. Vox can only hope he’s reading the blog and taking notes on all our wise prefrosh preview advice.
[Original Post] Around 2:30 p.m. today, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and President John J. DeGioia shook hands in front of Healy Hall. The two were presumably meeting to discuss important state matters, or probably just which Whole Foods they frequent for groceries. The current King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, her husband, attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1987. King Abdullah II married Queen Rania in 1993. President DeGioia awarded King Abdullah II with a Doctor of Humane Letters in 2005 on behalf of the university for the king’s “skillful statesmanship, outstanding achievements in modernizing Jordan, and his extraordinary leadership in promoting inter-faith understanding.”
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