Our favourite Middle Eastern royal wedding photos of the last 25 years
From Queen Rania’s big day to Princess Haya’s nuptials, we’ve dug back through the archives to unearth some touching images.
Late last year, we brought you an evocative selection of snapshots from regal Middle Eastern weddings of days yore.
However you may have noticed that, with all of those nuptials taking place between the 1930s and 1970s, the big days of some of our favourite royal icons were missing.
So, we’ve pulled together some heart-warming images of more recent royal “I dos” for you to ooh and aah over…
(We’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 for now, but bookmark this story – we’ll keep adding to it).
Prince Hamzah bin Hussein of Jordan and Princess Noor
The son of Jordan’s King Hussein and Queen Noor tied the knot with Princess Noor bint Asem bin Nayef in 2003. The couple wed at al-Baraka Palace in Amman, with the ceremony attended by the groom’s brother, the now-King Abdullah II, and his sister-in-law, Queen Rania. The bride wore a particularly elegant lace gown and matching lace veil while Prince Hamzah, who has served in the Jordan Arab Army, wore his military uniform. The royals welcomed daughter Princess Haya bint Hamzah before divorcing in 2009. In 2012, Prince Hamzah married Basmah Bani Ahmad, and the couple has since welcomed three daughters.
King Mohamed VI of Morocco and Princess Lalla Salma
After reportedly meeting at a party in 1999, the ruler of Morocco wed Salma Bennani in 2001. The bride – who was granted the title of HRH Princess Lalla Salma after the nuptials – studied engineering before tying the knot, and briefly worked as an information services engineer. The couple has since welcomed two children.
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein
The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai wed Princess Haya, Olympic show-jumper and daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, in 2004. The couple tied the knot at an intimate ceremony in Amman, with the bride’s half-brother, King Abdullah II, in attendance. Sheikh Mohammed and Oxford-educated Princess Haya have two children together – Al Jalila and Zayed – and often speak about their family life in interviews.
“Sheikh Mohammed is great,” HRH told Emirates Woman last year. “He believes that the kids need to get dirty every day to have fun! It’s also really good for their immunity.”
King Abdullah II of Jordan and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah
Queen Rania met then-Prince of Jordan, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, at a dinner party in 1992. The couple announced their engagement six months later, before tying the knot in Zahran Palace on 10 June 1993. The bride – who worked in marketing at Citibank and Apple before her marriage – wore a short-sleeved gown by British designer Bruce Oldfield, featuring ornate gold embroidery. The royals have since welcomed four children, Crown Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem, and the down-to-earth pair often give us ultimate #relationship goals.
Princess Nejla bint Asem and Naser Talhouni
In one of the more recent royal weddings, Princess Nejla bint Asem tied the knot with Nasser Osama Talhouni in 2014. The jewellery designer – who is the daughter of Jordanian Prince Asem bin Nayef and Princess Sana Asem – hasn’t released many images from the big day, but shared the above touching snapshot featuring her mother. (And we’re getting some serious bridal inspiration from her delicate embroidered floor-length gown). The couple have one daughter, Kareemah, who was born last year.
Images: Getty, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein/Media Centre, Princess Nejla bint Asem/Instagram