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Queen Rania wants “to be a fun grandma”

Queen Rania of Jordan has said her goal is to be a “fun grandma.”

The Queen of Jordan made the remarks in an interview with Good Morning America while discussing the upcoming weddings of two of her children. Her eldest child, Crown Prince Hussein, is engaged to Saudi-born Rajwa Al Saif; her elder daughter, Princess Iman, is engaged to Venezuelan-born Jameel Thermiotis.

Queen Rania praised her future son-in-law and daughter-in-law before sharing her hopes for grandchildren.

“I used to always say my favourite title is mama, but I think that’s going to quickly change to taeta, which is the Arabic word for grandma.”

The host joked, “No pressure,” before Her Majesty added, “So my goal is to be like [a] fun grandma.

“We have a saying in Arabic that ‘no person is dearer to us more than our children than our grandchildren.’ So I’m really excited to have babies in my life soon.”

She also said wedding planning is “incredibly hectic, but the best kind of hectic.”

Queen Rania with her husband King Abdullah, son Crown Prince Hussein and future daughter-in-law Rajwa Al Saif. Copyright 2022, Royal Hashemite Court

Queen Rania also revealed that both weddings will take place in 2023 within three to four months of each other.

King Abdullah and Queen Rania’s daughter, Princess Iman, became engaged on 5 July, and the Royal Hashemite Court made the announcement the following day.

Queen Rania took to social media to congratulate her daughter, saying: “Congratulations my dearest Iman; your smile has always been a gift of love that I’ve cherished since the day you were born. I wish you and Jameel a life filled with love and laughter!”

Princess Iman and Jameel Thermiotis. Copyright 2022, Royal Hashemite Court

The Royal Hashemite Court made the second announcement on 17 August, saying that the Crown Prince is engaged to Saudi Arabian Rajwa Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al Saif. They became engaged at Rajwa’s father’s home in Riyadh.

Queen Rania said on Instagram: “I didn’t think it was possible to hold so much joy in my heart! Congratulations to my eldest Prince Hussein and his beautiful bride-to-be, Rajwa.”

While no specific date has been announced for either wedding, royal watchers can look forward to two weddings next year, and if Queen Rania’s wish comes true, a royal baby may soon follow.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.