New details emerge as Jordan prepares for a royal wedding to remember

by gulftimes

AMMAN: It is set to be an affair to remember as Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah II weds Saudi national Rajwa Al-Saif on Thursday evening at Zahran Palace in Amman, before the royal couple will travel by motorcade to Al-Husseiniya Palace for a lavish reception.  

New details have emerged about the event, including who will lead Al-Saif down the aisle and how the royal couple plan to celebrate their heritage at the event.

Al-Saif will be known as Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Jordan and, when the crown prince takes the throne, she will be Queen Rajwa. 

The religious ceremony will be held at Zahran Palace, where the crown prince’s parents — King Abdullah II and Queen Rania — wed in 1993. ” The ceremony will be attended by around 140 guests, including members of the Royal Hashemite family, invited royals and heads of state.

Al-Saif is set to arrive at the palace escorted by the Crown Prince’s younger brother, Prince Hashem bin Abdullah II, and Princess Salma bint Abdullah II. Prince Hashem will walk Al-Saif to the gazebo where the Islamic marriage ceremony will take place.

During the ceremony, the bride and groom will sign the marriage contract — as will two witnesses. Royal Hashemite Court Imam Dr. Ahmed Al Khalaileh, who was appointed to this position in January 2021, is set to preside over the ceremony, which will be followed by several women performing the Zaghrouta.

Meanwhile, crowds will line the 10km route as the couple travel to the location of the reception party in a convoy worthy of an Arab royal wedding.  

 The motorcade will feature eight red 1980s Land Rovers and 11 red BMW motorcycles. The vintage machines belong to the Royal Convoy Unit, part of a special military formation known as the Royal Guards. The Jordan Armed Forces Musical Band will perform during the event. 

The cars will carry the unit’s yellow and green flag, which boasts a lion’s figure as its crest, as well as the Hashemite flag. 

As is customary, the arrival of the bride and groom will be announced with a zaffeh by the Jordan Armed Forces Musical Band. All band members will wear the traditional red and white shemagh, a traditional headdress for men, in addition to their full-dress uniform. After passing through an honorary Arch of Sabers, the couple will proceed through the courtyard amidst a traditional Jordanian zaffeh, toward the greeting stage, where the family will greet more than 1,700 guests. The remainder of the evening will feature a variety of performances by local and regional singers, a choir group, Jordanian bands, the national orchestra, and folk dance troupes.

The reception will conclude with the bride and groom cutting the wedding cake.The royal wedding was almost a year in the making, with the couple announcing their engagement in August 2022. The pair got engaged in Riyadh with members of the Jordanian royal family in attendance, as well as Al-Saif’s parents — Khalid bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al-Saif and Azza bint Nayef Abdulaziz Ahmad Al-Sudairi. 

The Al-Saif family traces its lineage to the Subay tribe, who have been present in the Sudair region of Najd since the beginning of the era of King Abdulaziz, the founder of modern-day Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Al-Saif’s mother comes from the prominent Al-Sudairi family. 

On May 22, Queen Rania hosted a pre-wedding henna night in honor of Al-Saif. 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, as well as Al-Saif’s own mother.  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.  

Meanwhile, King Abdullah II will celebrate his oldest son at a pre-wedding gathering on Wednesday evening that will be attended by 4,000 notable individuals from across the country and will feature poetry recitals, singing and Jordanian folk tunes.

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