A Celebration of Love and Cultural Unity
Love and marriage know no boundaries in the worlds and wedding of Prince Hussein and Rajwa Al Saif– and when it transcends borders and cultures it becomes a symbol for peace, unity and harmony. As hundreds of guests, from royals and heads of state from around the world, and locals, trickle to Zahran Palace in Amman, millions around the world have their eyes on the Kingdom for the wedding of Hussein, Crown Prince of Jordan and Rajwa Al Saif – dubbed as “The Greatest Gathering of Royals” outside of a major coronation. The union of Prince Hussein and Miss Rajwa Al Saif not only celebrates their love but the powerful bond between Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
The Royal Couple.
Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, eldest son of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, is no stranger to the world stage. His intelligence, devotion, and passion to his country acts as an embodiment for the historic Hashemite dynasty.
One question that has preceded many in the last few months is: Who is Rajwa Al Saif?
The architect and daughter of Saudi businessman Khalid bin Musaed Al-Saif and his wife, Azza bint Nayef Al-Sudairi, the now-princess is connected to MBS and related to the Al-Sudairi family, one of the most notable families in Saudi Arabia. Many recognise this marriage as a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Jordan, a relationship that has been deteriorating in the last few years.
The wedding, which took place on Sunday, the 1st of June, was held in the Zahran Palace, where King Abdulla II and Queen Rania tied the knot three decades ago. Adorned with vibrant floral arrangements and shimmering lights, the venue exuded an atmosphere of romance, regality and grandeur.
Miss Al Saif stunned in a striking dress designed by Elie Saab that embraced the modest chic atmosphere of the wedding. From the flowers in her dress, the trailing veil and the diamond tiara that featured a hidden message written in Arabic calligraphy: “Rajwatum min Allah”, meaning “A prayer answered by God”, Rajwa looked every bit like the princess she was about to become.
Prince Hussein was traditionally adorned in his full military regalia, celebrating his devotion and commitment to his country.
The Guests and Culture Embrace
With guests ranging from Sheikh Khaled, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikha Moza of Qatar to Prince William and Princess Catherine of Wales and The First Lady, Jill Biden, this extensive list of guests from around the world took their seats at the front row of an Arab Royal wedding. With Zaffas and henna parties, the culture of weddings in the Middle East has been shared with the world. The entire wedding itself was a blend of age-old traditions including the henna party in addition to contemporary elegance and an ode to the modest-chic aesthetic.
The element of modest chic can be seen everywhere, as the striking display of the power of modest clothing and gowns flow into the reception, from the bride and the Jordanian royal family to the royal guests coming in from around the globe.
The wedding of Hussein, Crown Prince of Jordan, and Rajwa al-Saif was a momentous occasion that captured the world’s attention. It exemplified the power of love to transcend borders, cultures, and generations as Jordan exemplified itself as a stable ally to the West. The ceremony served as a reminder that in a world often divided– unity, understanding, and respect can create a harmonious future.