DUBAI: On Monday night, Jordan’s Queen Rania hosted a pre-wedding henna celebration in honor of her future daughter-in-law, Saudi Arabia’s Rajwa Al-Saif, who is set to marry Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II on June 1 in Amman.
Al-Saif, dressed in a white-and-gold gown by Saudi designer Honayda Serafi, was pictured with Queen Rania and other members of the Jordanian royal family.
Apart from members of the royal family and Al-Saif’s family, as well as relatives and friends, Queen Rania also invited notable women from across Jordan’s diverse socio-economic and cultural landscape to take part in the celebrations.
Earlier on Monday, Queen Rania posted a video on social media, featuring highlights of various women busy in preparation ahead of the henna party, from handcrafting macrame decorations and embroidered details to creating the ceremonial henna paste.
“Thank you all for going the extra mile to make our celebrations extra special. God bless you and the happy couple,” read the caption.
Meanwhile, Crown Prince Hussein had his own celebrations last week with his military colleagues, the Royal Hashemite Court announced last Wednesday.
The prince joined his fellow members of the 40th King Hussein bin Talal Royal Armored Brigade for a “celebratory evening ahead of his wedding,” it said.
He was photographed at the event with his brother, Prince Hashem bin Abdullah II, and footage on social media revealed singing, dancing and speeches as part of the celebrations.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein joins his colleagues at the 40th King Hussein bin Talal Royal Armoured Brigade, for a celebratory evening ahead of his wedding#Jordan pic.twitter.com/fCzJ8Yc9wO
— RHC (@RHCJO) May 17, 2023
The crown prince and Al-Saif announced their engagement in August last year during a ceremony in Riyadh, in the presence of King Abdullah, Queen Rania and Al-Saif’s family.
The Royal Hashemite Court has yet to reveal full details of Al-Saif’s future role as a working member of the Jordanian royal family after the wedding, though it is thought likely she will follow in her mother-in-law’s footsteps as a philanthropic force to be reckoned with, first as crown princess and then as queen.