PHOTOS - Queen Rania wishes His Majesty happy birthday


Published: 2024-01-30 11:07

Last Updated: 2024-04-16 23:47

PHOTOS - Queen Rania wishes His Majesty happy birthday
PHOTOS - Queen Rania wishes His Majesty happy birthday

As His Majesty King Abdullah II marks his 62nd birthday today, Tuesday, Queen Rania has extended her birthday wishes to His Majesty on her Instagram account.

“Every day with you is a blessing! Happy birthday, Your Majesty” Her Majesty said, sharing a picture of them in their residence.

His Majesty King Abdullah has received cables of well wishes on his 62nd birthday, which falls on Tuesday, 30 January, from heads of state and government.

His Majesty received similar cables from senior officials and officers, and representatives of civil society organizations, expressing their sincerest congratulations and best wishes for his Majesty.

Born in Amman in 1962, His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein attended Oxford University and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, received his military education at Britain’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and pursued a distinguished military career, rising from first lieutenant to major general and serving as commander of Jordan’s special forces. In February 1999, he ascended to the Throne of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan after the passing of his father, His Majesty King Hussein.

Ever since, King Abdullah II has devoted himself to defending Jordan as an island of progress in a turbulent region. This has included investing in the immense human capital of his people, combating the scourge of terrorism and extremism within a holistic approach, and working tirelessly to protect and expand the prospects for peace in the Middle East. Despite Jordan’s scarce resources, the King has opened Jordan’s doors to millions of refugees, following a long Hashemite tradition of hospitality to displaced people in need.

As the 41st generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, King Abdullah II has taken the lead in advancing harmony and peace both within Islam and among the world’s great religions. In 2004, he launched the “Amman Message,” the first major initiative by a Muslim leader to affirm that terrorism and violence have no place in Islam. In 2006, His Majesty supported and funded “A Common Word Between Us and You”, which calls for peace and harmony between Muslims and Christians. And in 2010, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted his proposal for a World Interfaith Harmony Week, which has been observed annually ever since in the first week of February.

In recognition of his efforts to promote peace and moderation, spread interfaith harmony, and safeguard Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem under the Hashemite Custodianship, King Abdullah II has received several prestigious awards, including the Peace of Westphalia Prize, the Templeton Prize in the United States, Italy’s Lamp of Peace of St. Francis, and the Scholar-Statesman Award from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.