Princess Alia bint Hussein

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Princess Alia bint Hussein
Born (1956-02-13) 13 February 1956 (age 63)
Amman, Jordan
Nasser Wasfi Mirza
(m. 1977; div. 1988)

Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (m. 1988)
IssueHussein Mirza
Talal Al-Saleh
Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh
FatherHussein of Jordan
MotherDina bint Abdul-Hamid

Princess Alia bint Hussein (born 13 February 1956) is the eldest child of King Hussein of Jordan. Her mother is his first wife, Sharifa Dina bint Abdul-Hamid.[1]


Princess Alia received her primary education in Amman, attending Ahliyyah School for Girls and Rosary College, Amman. She then attended Sibton Park School in Lyminge, England, until 1968, after spending one year at Benenden School in Kent (1969–70), and obtaining her A-Levels in Arabic, English, and French from Millfield School in Somerset, England, in 1972. Princess Alia graduated with honours from the University of Jordan in 1977, obtaining a bachelor's degree in English literature.[2]


Princess Alia married Lieutenant-Colonel Nasser Wasfi Mirza (b. 1945) on 12 April 1977 in the Raghadan Palace, and has one son from the marriage:

  • Hussein Mirza (born 12 February 1981)[3]

Alia and Nasser divorced in 1988.[4] She married Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (elder son of Sayyid Farid Al-Saleh) in Amman on 30 July 1988. They have two children:

  • Talal Al-Saleh (born 12 September 1989)
  • Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (born 15 November 1992)[4]

Princess Alia and her sister Zein are also sisters-in-law.

Life and activities[edit]

Princess Alia worked as registrar and artist with the British School of Archaeology under Crystal Benett OBE, and has been a member of Fakherelnissa' Zeid's Art Group since the 1980s. In her capacity as director of the Royal Stables of Jordan for the Preservation of the Arabian Horses, Princess Alia initiated the festival of the "Arabian Horse at Home" in 1988 (now a yearly event) and organised the Middle East Championships for Purebred Horses, Jordan. She has also founded the Princess Alia Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that is under the Ministry of Social Development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Its stated motto is "Respect and Compassion towards Creation".[5] In that capacity, in 2011, she delivered the keynote address at the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) conference titled "The Relationship Between Horses and Humans in Today's World," drawing clear parallels between animal welfare and human rights.[6]

Princess Alia has held a 2 Dan Black Belt Taekwondo since 1987, and enjoys equestrianism,[1]horse breeding, judging of Arabian horses, collecting stamps, reading and sports in general. Equestrianism is a family passion; her haldf-sister, Princess Haya bint Hussein, is the former president of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) and a member of the International Olympic Committee.[7][8]

Notable published works[9][edit]

  • The Arabian Horse of Egypt (ISBN 9774163486), co-authored by Sharifa Sarra Ghazi.[10]
  • Royal Heritage: The Story of Jordan's Arab Horses (ISBN 0956417043), co-authored by Peter Upton.[11]
  • Small Miracles: The Story of the Princess Alia Foundation (ISBN 0956417086), co-authored by Cynthia Culbertson.[12]


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Briefs". Star-Times. 1 April 2001. Retrieved 17 July 2010. Last year Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein Al Saleh daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan...[dead link]
  2. ^ King Hussein, Princess Dina and Princess Alia
  3. ^ Royal Ark
  4. ^ a b jordan3
  5. ^ "Who We Are". Princess Alia Foundation.
  6. ^ Princess Alia bin Al Hussein. "The Relationship Between Horses and Humans in Today's World" (PDF). World Arabian Horse Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  7. ^ Review: Royal Heritage – the story of Jordan's Arab Horses, by HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Peter Upton |
  8. ^ The Official Website of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein Archived 22 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Amazon
  10. ^ HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Sharifa Sarra Ghazi (15 April 2010). The Arabian Horse of Egypt. The American University in Cairo Press.
  11. ^ HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Peter Upton (30 March 2011). Royal Heritage: The Story of Jordan's Arab Horses. Medina Publishing Ltd.
  12. ^ HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Cynthia Culbertson (24 May 2014). Small Miracles: The Story of the Princess Alia Foundation. Medina Publishing Ltd.
  13. ^ a b c d e Royal Ark, Jordanian genealogy details
  14. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado

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