Queen Rania is celebrating her birthday today in Jordan, and in her honor, we’ve got a look at her excellent mother-of-the-groom tiara moment from earlier this year.
On June 1, royals from around the globe gathered in Amman to witness the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa of Jordan. The nuptials were on an especially grand scale, as one day Hussein and Rajwa are expected to become King and Queen of Jordan.
After the ceremony and public reception, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania hosted a banquet in honor of their son and new daughter-in-law. In the receiving line before the dinner, they were joined by Princess Rajwa’s parents, Khaled Al Saif and Azza Al Sudairi. Her mother is a cousin of the King of Saudi Arabia.
The glamorous royal wedding of an heir to the throne isn’t just a romantic celebration—it’s a diplomatic opportunity, too. Royals, diplomats, statesmen, and dignitaries from countries around the world were in attendance for the banquet. Here, King Abdullah and Queen Rania greet the Prince and Princess of Wales, while Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa chat with the Crown Prince of Norway.
Both Queen Rania and Princess Rajwa changed their gowns for the wedding banquet. Rajwa wore her bridal tiara with a Dolce & Gabbana wedding gown, while Queen Rania sparkled in diamonds and a stunning cream-colored gown from Elie Saab.
Vogue Arabia writes that Rania’s Elie Saab dress was inspired by traditional attire from another royal nation: Thailand. “The silhouette of this beige dress is reminiscent of the one-shouldered shape of the traditional Chut Thai, the national dress of Thailand. A heavily embellished fitted bodice featured embroidery, appliqué, and passementeries that carried along the edges of the skirt and floor trailing cape,” Saleha Noor shares. With the dress, Rania wore the deep red sash of Jordan’s Order of Al-Hussein bin Ali. She also pinned the order’s gold badge to her gown.
To add even more sparkle, Queen Rania wore one of the most interesting tiaras in her jewelry collection. The Arabic Scroll Tiara, as it is generally called, is made of diamonds and platinum. It features the prayer “Allah is great” in Arabic lettering. The diadem, reportedly a commission from King Abdullah II, was made by Yan Sicard for FRED in 2005.
One of Queen Rania’s first major appearances in the tiara took place in October 2006, when she wore the jewel for a banquet in The Hague during the Jordanian state visit to the Netherlands.
For the royal wedding of her elder son in June, Rania added sparkling diamond earrings. She also secured her order sash with another diamond jewel: a large brooch in the shape of a crown.