The festivities are underway for what is set to be the biggest royal wedding of 2023, when Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein will wed Rajwa Al Saif on June 1. Celebrations began in late May when Queen Rania hosted a henna party for her future daughter-in-law law Rajwa Al Saif at Madareb Bani Hashem.
“I’m so happy that you could all be here to celebrate with us. Today is a special day for us, and to our entire Jordanian family: Our joy is one and the same… near or far, you are all in our hearts today,” Queen Rania said in her remarks. (More photos and videos can be found on Rania’s Instagram, @QueenRania.)
“I’ll never forget how happy His Majesty and I were when Al Hussein told us he wanted to marry Rajwa. She was the perfect answer to all my prayers for him,”Queen Rania said. “May you always be a source of happiness and support for each other.” Here, see all the best photos from the pre-wedding henna party—and check back next week for more photos from all the royal wedding celebrations.
Rajwa Al Saif, 28, was born in Saudi Arabia. For her henna party, she wore Saudi designer Honayda Serafi.
Rajwa (center) poses with Princess Iman, Queen Rania, her mom Azza Al Sudairi, and Princess Salma.
Rania said to Rajwa’s mom Azza, “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.”
Queen Rania smiles alongside Rajwa, the future queen of Jordan.
Rajwa with her future sister-in-law Princess Iman, who just had a glamorous royal wedding of her own.
Rajwa’s dress designer Serafi told Arab News “When I first got the call, I was extremely happy and proud to be part of this exceptional and historical moment. What I am especially proud of is communicating the love story between the crown prince and Rajwa in the design itself.”
Rajwa “wanted to wear something very modest and something from Saudi Arabian culture, but with a modern twist. She wanted the piece to be very elegant, and she also wanted it to be white,” said Serafi.
Serafi drew on the Al-Shaby thobe of the Najd region of Saudi Arabia, where Rajwa’s family is frome.
Rajwa looked very bridal and ethereal in her white and gold dress at the henna party.
She danced with the guests.
Queen Rania embraced Rajwa at one point during the evening.
Queen Rania, a royal style icon, wore a bespoke Saiid Koebsiy gown. The designer wrote on Instagram, “We feel truly honored to have dressed her Majesty @queenrania of Jordan who mesmerized guests at Princess Rajwa Al Saif’s Henna Party, in a stunning bespoke Saiid Kobeisy couture floor-length kaftan gown, that featured celestial shades of blue , gracefully highlighting the Queen’s natural charm and allure.”
Rania shares a moment with Princess Iman.
During her speech, Queen Rania said “as mothers, the one thing we truly want is to make sure that our children are happy. We often ask ourselves whether we did the best we can to raise our children. During His Majesty the late King Hussein’s final days and before his passing, I made him a promise to raise Al Hussein the way he wanted him to be raised.”
The royal women took in performances by Haleem Musical Group, Al Salt Girls Band, and Misk Dance Company.
Traditional Jordanian and Saudi songs were performed by local artists Nedaa Shrara, Diana Karazon, and Zain Awad.
Hussein’s sisters looked lovely in red and purple gowns. Princess Salma, left, just graduated from USC.
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