The celebrations for the marriage of the Imam of Jordan to Jameel Alexander Thermiotis begin, the climax of which will take place this Sunday with the couple’s “yes, I accept”. The mother of the bride, Queen Rania of Jordan, shared this Wednesday on her Instagram profile a gallery of images of the Henna Night, one of the last rituals before the wedding. The tradition is that at this party, attended only by women, the bride is encouraged for her new life as a couple.
In her white wedding dress by designer Reema Dahbour, Princess Imam included the same belt that her mother wore on her wedding day to King Abdullah II of Jordan, on June 10, 1993. “So much love in one room! good for the bride and fill her with love at the gathering of friends and family yesterday at Iman’s henna night,” wrote Rania on her social media.
Among those present, it was possible to see Saudi Rajwa Al Saif, who on June 10 will marry the Imam’s brother, Crown Prince Hussein, in the same month that his parents’ 30th wedding anniversary is completed. Imam’s grandmother Princess Muna, second wife of the late King Hussein, and Princess Aisha, sister of King Abdullah, also attended. Who does not appear in the images is Queen Nur, another of the four women that the former king of Jordan had.
The princess marries Venezuelan Jimmy Alexander Thermiotis, renamed Jameel after converting to Islam to join the family. This wedding will stand out for being the princess’s big day, a clear successor to her mother’s style. But the appointment will also attract attention as it is the first major family gathering of the Hashemite dynasty after a family power struggle that ended in two recent attempts at a palace coup by the Imam’s uncle, Prince Hamza, son of Queen Nur.
A few months ago, another interesting wedding took place in the Jordanian royal family. Madrilenian businesswoman Miriam Ungría, widow of Kardam of Bulgaria, married last September with Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, cultural adviser and first cousin of the current monarch. Thus, the marriage was announced the same day it took place, without many knowing of the connection between them, which is not uncommon in marriages of members of Middle Eastern royal families outside the line of succession.
This season of calls in Jordan puts the country once again in the international spotlight after the notorious power struggle between King Abdullah II and his brother Prince Hamza, accused of carrying out as many as two coups d’état in the past two years. . In Jordan, the Hashemite dynasty’s succession problems are sold to the international community as “family problems” outside of politics.
This link puts the Hashemite royal family back in the spotlight after Prince Hamza’s coup attempts
The family conflict arose because there was a time when –contrary to European monarchies where the succession is clear: hereditary from parents to children–, in Arab countries it was common for a king’s brother to be designated heir while the king’s children did not have legal age children. Abdullah II first named his half-brother Hamza as heir in accordance with his father’s wishes. But in 2004, after his marriage, he removed him from the line of succession, and in 2009 he named his eldest son as heir. Prince Hamza’s first wedding, held in Petra in 2004 while he was heir, was attended by the then-newlywed Princes of Asturias and Queen Sofia.