The Royal Petunia: Happy Birthday, Queen Rania, and Spotlight on The Jordan River Foundation

Today marks the 45th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. I have been looking forward to writing this post for a very long time, as my experiences within The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and my connection to the amazing family entrusted to represent and protect it, are deeply and uniquely personal.

To many, the thought of Jordan provokes images of camels, deserts, ancient customs and a very different culture, and indeed, many facets of this description are true. But to me, Jordan represents peace, serenity, love and home. Jordan is the jewel of the Middle East--a warm and welcoming country that is firmly rooted in tradition, yet ever-changing, modern and exciting. It is a melting pot of cultures, faiths and ideas. Nowhere on Earth have I experienced such hospitality, or witnessed such devotion to God, King and Country.

 Since the untimely death of His Late Majesty King Hussein in 1999; his son, King Abdullah II along with Queen Rania have continued an enduring legacy of love and commitment to the Jordanian people, region and global community. They have sought to be an example of excellence and both work tirelessly to set "The HKJ" apart as the shining star is it. They are friends, allies and partners in peace.

 For over sixteen years, Queen Rania has been the epitome of style, a powerful voice for women and children and a staunch supporter of education. She is also the "Queen of the Connection," launching her very own YouTube channel, as well as being active on Facebook, Twitter (you can find her under "the mum with the really cool day job") and Instagram. She is very easy to relate to, down-to-earth and approachable. First and foremost, she resonates a beauty that comes from within, and shines ever so bright and lovely.

One of the causes close to my heart is the Jordan River Foundation. Established in 1995 by Her Majesty, JRF is one of the leading foundations in the works of child safety and community empowerment. JRF champions "a Jordan where solutions are homegrown, where the opportunity to prosper is for all and where the well-being of our children shapes our future."

On this special day, I invite you to learn more about not only JRF and Queen Rania, but Jordan as a whole. The Jordan I know and love. A country of compassion, a country of hope and a country of peace.

"Role models can inspire. Campaigns can motivate. But if we want all girls everywhere to rise up, then we must find them, befriend them and support them."
--Her Majesty Queen Rania


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