Published: 2023-05-31 16:26
Last Updated: 2023-09-30 19:32
The Crown Prince’s wedding will serve as a landmark historical moment for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and a touchstone in the country’s century-long story. At the domestic level, it will provide the Jordanian people with an opportunity to come together around a joyous occasion, celebrate their national identity, and look ahead to the future of their country with pride. Meanwhile, on the international level, the event’s inclusive character and diverse guest list will serve as confirmation of Jordan’s unique role as a haven for peace and progress in the region, as well as King Abdullah II’s world-renowned reputation as a peacemaker and champion of diplomacy.
The royal wedding is a multi-day event comprising several celebrations. It is a Jordanian celebration, but also a celebration of Jordan and the Jordanian people. As such, all related events were devised to honor and incorporate the public and to reflect and reinforce the values, traditions, and aspirations the nation’s people hold dear.
In line with local customs, on May 31, King Abdullah II will host a dinner for over 4,000 Jordanians over Jordan's festive national dish Mansaf, a well-known symbol of Jordanian hospitality and camaraderie, which was recently inscribed into UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. The event will celebrate Jordan’s diverse social fabric and demonstrate the Royal Family’s profound respect for each segment of Jordanian society. The invitee list includes members of the Royal Hashemite Family, representatives of the nation’s esteemed tribes, as wells as Jordan’s Circassian and Chechen communities, members of civil society organizations, businesspersons, youth figures, former and current government officials, as well as army and security agencies personnel. The celebration will take place in ‘Madareb Bani Hashem’ at the Royal Hashemite Court.
On May 22, Her Majesty Queen Rania hosted a traditional Henna and dinner party, attended by more than 500 women from across the Kingdom. The event featured performances by local singers, musicians, and folkloric dance groups. Henna artists were also on hand to apply intricate designs for guests using a natural temporary dye. This pre-wedding tradition has been performed in the Middle East for centuries and is said to bring blessings to the couple’s union.
On the wedding day itself, local, regional and global figures will come together to form a distinctive tapestry of society, resulting in a uniquely Jordanian royal event. June 1, 2023 has been declared a national holiday, with celebratory events hosted in all 12 of Jordan’s governorates to allow the nation’s people to take part in the festivities.
The couple will be married at Zahran Palace in an elegant religious ceremony befitting of a Hashemite descendant of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him. The couple will then move to Al Husseiniya Palace in a motorcade procession for the wedding reception, which will feature a diverse line-up of performers paying tribute to the Crown Prince’s military career, his bride’s Saudi Arabian heritage, and traditional Jordanian artistry.
At each of the wedding venues, guests will enjoy a distinctive setup incorporating simple modern decor merged with Islamic art, Jordanian handicrafts, and the country’s native flora.
The marriage of Jordan’s heir to the throne lays the foundation for the next generation of the Royal Family and the perpetuation of the Jordanian Hashemite line. It is also an opportunity to tell Jordan’s story and offer a rare display of what a modern monarchy in the Middle East can be. Jordan has always promoted openness, modernity, and diversity while also preserving the heritage of the Hashemites and the traditions in which Jordan is rooted, earning the country a robust group of valued friends and allies the world over. With people from around the world joining in the celebration of the Crown Prince and Miss Rajwa’s union, the wedding will illustrate Jordan’s unique position as a country that values peace, strong friendships, and moderation.
- The Official Wedding Logo -
The official wedding logo pays tribute to the bride and groom to-be, incorporating the first initial of each of their names and transforming them into an intricate emblem of Arabic calligraphy. The logo uses the Arabic “H” for Hussein and “R” for Rajwa to form the word “Nafrah,” which translates to “We rejoice” in English. This was chosen to reflect the collective nature of celebrations spanning across the Kingdom and every Jordanian’s participation in the joyous occasion. The logo is completed with the Jordanian Royal Family’s crown insignia, a marker of the Crown Prince’s Hashemite heritage.