Published: 2023-05-31 14:19
Last Updated: 2023-09-29 03:17
Born in Amman on June 28, 1994, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II is the eldest son of Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah and the 42nd direct descendant of Prophet Mohammad. The Crown Prince has one brother, His Royal Highness Prince Hashem, and two sisters, Their Royal Highnesses Princess Iman and Princess Salma.
On July 2, 2009, a royal decree was issued naming His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Jordan. Since then, His Royal Highness has also assumed the role of Regent to His Majesty King Abdullah II on several occasions.
Crown Prince Al Hussein completed his high school education at King’s Academy, Jordan, graduating in 2012. His Royal Highness went on to study International History at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2016.
- Military Service -
His Royal Highness holds the rank of Captain in the Jordan Armed Forces – Arab Army, which he joined on June 28, 2012. Following in the footsteps of Their Majesties King Abdullah II and the late King Hussein bin Talal, His Royal Highness also went on to graduate from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom in 2017.
The Crown Prince has received multi-qualification military training in several branches, including military intelligence, paratroopers, and armor. Alongside his fellow members of the Jordan Armed Forces, he has taken part in various courses and specialized field exercises in Jordan and abroad in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, France, and the United Arab Emirates, in programs spanning Basic Counter Terrorism CT Skills, CT, Airborne, Maritime CT, Diving, Motor Boat Driving, and Black Hawk Aircraft Training. Additionally, His Royal Highness has a solo flight certification.
The Crown Prince has served as a Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader, and then Mechanized Company Deputy Commander, within the Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II 1st Royal Mechanized Battalion. His current position is Tank Company Deputy Commander in the 2nd Royal Armored Battalion.
- Honors and Orders -
∙ Great Arab Revolt Centennial badge (Jordan)
∙ Order of King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein for Excellence of the First Class (Jordan)
∙ 1st Class of the King Hamad Order of the Renaissance (Bahrain)
∙ Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav (Norway)
∙ The Grand Cordon of the Order of Al Istiqlal (Jordan)
∙ Order of the State Centennial (Jordan)
∙ The Royal Order of The Polar Star - Commander Grand Cross (Sweden)
- Official Duties and Responsibilities -
Following the example of his father King Abdullah II and the Hashemites, Crown Prince Al Hussein is committed to maintaining a strong relationship with his fellow Jordanians across the country by accompanying the King on visits throughout the Kingdom, and partaking in His Majesty’s official and military engagements both locally and abroad.
In addition to regional and international working trips, His Royal Highness regularly visits Jordan’s governorates to stay close to the Jordanian public. A strong advocate for youth, the Crown Prince consistently emphasizes the significance of technical education and the advancement of key sectors, such as information technology and tourism.
- Participation in International Forums -
Active on the international stage, His Royal Highness has represented Jordan at multiple international forums, including, most prominently, the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly. In April 2015, His Royal Highness chaired a Security Council open debate on the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace, making him the youngest person ever to chair a meeting at the council.
After the meeting, and under the direction of His Royal Highness, Jordan hosted a Global Forum on Youth, Peace, and Security in August 2015, where the Amman Youth Declaration was presented. In December 2015, His Royal Highness’ efforts culminated in the UN Security Council’s adoption of Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security, the first of its kind to call for empowering youth to participate in global conflict resolution.
Additionally, on May 21, 2017, Crown Prince Al Hussein acted as deputy to His Majesty King Abdullah II at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, where he delivered Jordan’s address and spoke about the country’s positive global contributions, the importance of education reform, and the need to support young entrepreneurs.
- The Crown Prince Foundation -
Established in 2015, the Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) stems from Crown Prince Al Hussein’s commitment to building a bright future for Jordan’s youth and his belief that, armed with the right opportunities and skills, young men and women possess the boundless potential to contribute to the development of their nation. Guided by the vision “Capable youth for an aspiring Jordan,” the foundation aims to inspire and encourage young people across the Kingdom to serve their communities, assume leadership roles, and pursue and benefit from available socioeconomic opportunities.
CPF focuses on three foundational areas – Employability and Entrepreneurship; Leadership; and Citizenship – and oversees more than 10 related initiatives and programs covering a variety of sectors. In addition to its offices in Amman, its four locations in Ma’an, Aqaba, Zarqa, and Mafraq governorates serve as open platforms for meaningful collaboration, bringing together youth, civil society organizations, public and private institutions, and other stakeholders working across the Kingdom’s governorates.
CPF initiatives and programs include Al Hussein Technical University, online platform for facilitating philanthropy, Naua, the National Youth Engagement and Volunteering Program Nahno, TechWorks innovation platform, One Million Jordanian Coders Initiative, the Crown Prince Award for Best Government Application, Qusai Initiative for sports therapy, Haqiq youth leadership initiative, the Youth Excellence Fund, and youth leadership Al Hussein Fellowship program.
- Interests and Hobbies -
In his spare time, His Royal Highness regularly enjoys practicing various sports, including football, diving, and archery. He also enjoys riding motorbikes and adventure sports.