A company dinner at prestigious military academy Sandhurst this weekend saw an influx of royal guests as both the King and Queen of Jordan and the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg joined their sons, who are currently enrolled in the military academy.
After he graduated from Georgetown University in the US last year, with a degree in international history, 22-year-old Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan followed in his father’s footsteps and enrolled at Sandhurst. King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah joined him in the UK for a company dinner this weekend, and both praised their eldest son on social media.
Queen Rania posted a photo of the proud parents with the uniformed Crown Prince on Instagram with the caption ‘Beaming and proud as any parent would be’. King Abdullah launched his official Twitter page on Sunday, and his first post announced ‘This is Abdullah bin Al Hussein, a father and a proud Jordanian. Pleased to be with you on Twitter’. His second post was an image of himself and his son enjoying a light-hearted moment at the Sandhurst event which had left him nostalgic, the caption reading: ‘Seeing AlHussein in uniform reminds me of my Sandhurst days. Proud of you son.’
Crown Prince Hussein holds the rank of first lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces.
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg were also present at Sandhurst where they visited their youngest son, Prince Sébastien. Like his father before him, Sébastien followed family tradition when he began the 44-week commissioning course. The prince is a member of the Normandy Company, and his parents attended its gala dinner during their visit.
It’s not currently known if Crown Prince Hussein and Prince Sébastien are in the same course, but it’s expected to be revealed at the Sovereign’s Parade on 11 August 2017. The event will, no doubt, be well attended by a vast number of members from both royal families.