A royal friendship across the world: Romania and Jordan

The friendly relationship between the Royal Family of Romania and the Royal Family of Jordan is exemplary. This relationship has opened many opportunities for collaboration among people, institutions and companies in both countries.

Those who established this lasting friendship were King Michael I and Queen Anne of Romania who in 1995 first visited the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The royalties of the two countries have discovered many common passions. As a result, in 1996, at the invitation of the Royal Family of Jordan, their Royal Highnesses Princess Margareta and Prince Radu of Romania spent their honeymoon in this hospitable and beautiful country. The friendship between the two Royal Families has continued over the years. Members of the Royal Family of Romania returned to Jordan in 2004, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. Last year, the most extensive foreign visit of the Royal Family of Romania was in Jordan. Moreover, various members of the Royal Family of Jordan visited Romania in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2017.

Princess Muna of Jordan, the mother of His Majesty King Abdullah II, has a special connection to Romania. Her Royal Highness is, among others, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu-Mureş. This royal friendship has spurred and developed the relations between the Romanians and the Jordanians. Over the recent years, several cultural and academic cooperation projects have emerged, and economic relations have also increased. The losses of King Hussein in 1999, Queen Anne in 2016 and King Michael I in 2017, who went to the Heavenly Father, did not affect the friendship between the Royal Families of Romania and Jordan. There are common passions that the members of the two Royal Families share.

His Majesty King Abdullah II is passionate about cinema, just like His Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania. Both the King of Jordan and the Prince of Romania played roles as actors. The King of Jordan even appeared in an episode of the Star Trek series. In their turn, Her Majesty Margareta, the Custodians of the Crown of Romania and Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan are involved in many social and charitable projects. Members of the Royal Family of Jordan appreciated the hospitality offered by the Romanians, the charm of Bucharest, the elegance of Peleş and the beauty of the Transylvanian settlements. For their part, members of the Royal Family of Romania appreciate the welcoming manner in which they have been received each time in Jordan, as well as the special historical heritage that includes UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the ruins of the ancient city of Petra or the protected area Wadi Rum. Another element that is similar in the history of the two countries is the ties between the independence of the two States and their dynasties. Romania was created by the union of the Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia in 1859. In 1866, Prince Carol I ascended on the throne of  Romania, and he obtained the independence of the country after the war of 1877-1878, then, in 1881, the country was given the status of kingdom. The Great Union followed in 1918, at the end of the First World War. In Jordan, Arab leaders fought on the Entente side, just like Romania. They wanted to escape Ottoman domination. The territory of Jordan gained autonomy in the interwar period, and in the Second World War, the Jordanian Arab Legion soldiers, who fought the Axis, showed a lot of heroism.

The founder of the Jordanian dynasty, Abdullah I, carried the title of Emir of Jordan between 1923 and 1946. Since 1946, he received the title of King of Transjordan, and since 1949 he has adopted the title of King of Jordan. In 1951, King Abdullah I was assassinated in Jerusalem as he went out of prayer from the Al Aqsa Mosque. He was succeeded by his nephew, King Talal I, until 1972, and then his son, King Hussein I, arrived on the Throne of Amman. Since 1999 he has been succeeded by the current sovereign, King Abdullah II. His successor was named Crown Prince Hussein, who graduated from Georgetown University, then the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy. The Royal Family of Jordan descends from the family of the Prophet Mohammed, through it daughter, Fatima, the wife of caliph Ali. The Hashemite family ruled the holy city of Mecca Muslims for seven centuries, until 1925, when it was conquered by the Saudi Royal Family. The Hashemite family has been ruling Jordan since 1921. The Hashemite Royal Family also led, through its various branches, Syria, Hejaz and Iraq.

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