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Queen Rania: Our fashion favourites

Copyright 2016, Royal Hashemite Court

When it comes to style, Jordan’s Queen Rania manages to look edgy and modest at the same time, which isn’t an easy thing to do. A fan of solid colours and elegant workwear, this queen mixes traditional Jordanian looks with very modern fashion. As she is set to celebrate her 50th birthday, here’s a look at some of our favourites.

Kristin Contino, Chief Reporter

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Queen Rania’s style is quite different from my own, but I really did enjoy the Valentino “Love Blade” gown she wore in 2016 to the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala in Berlin. This embroidered black tulle style is definitely modern and edgy, yet still has a high neck and long sleeves to keep it modest.

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A casual moment of Rania’s I thought was great also happened in 2016, during the Global Citizen Festival 2016 in Central Park. She wore a floaty white blouse with ruffle detail on the sleeves, paired with a skinny belt and jeans and it looked very rock star. The top has a boho vibe to it and again has that covered up but cool aesthetic pairing a high neck with sheer panelling.

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor

One of my favourite outfits of Queen Rania’s is the cream cape gown that she wore to the 71st Independence Day celebrations in 2017. I always love a cape gown, but what was so special about this one was that the inside of the cape was designed in a traditional Jordanian pattern. I loved that touch to the elegant gown. I also really like that the Queen highlights Jordanian designs like this one from Rasha Noufal.

For my second choice, we have to go way back to 1999 when her husband, Abdullah, was crowned as King of Jordan. For that occasion, the new Queen of Jordan wore a stunning and sparkling Ellie Saab gown. It is also one of the few times we have had the chance to see Rania in a tiara which just tops off the outfit! A lot of times outfits don’t age well, but this coronation gown is still as pretty now as it was back then. It’s a style that can still be worn (and in fact, it has – she re-wore it ten years later!).

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Lydia Starbuck, News Editor

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An all-time favourite Rania look is the two-piece she chose for the wedding of King Felipe and Queen Letizia in Madrid in May 2004. It’s a variation on one of her favourite fashion themes, a casual shirt with a striking skirt. This creation, from Givenchy Couture, is soft and spring-like but the full-length skirt with the lace detailing adds all the glamour. Rania was one of the few guests to go full length for this major royal wedding and was, for me, one of the most memorable there.

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There’s something effortless about this simple but striking outfit, chosen by Queen Rania for a visit to the Jabal Al-Weibdeh district of Amman in April 2019. The brightness of the jacket with the classic white top and black trouser combo makes this a real stand out look for me. It was also really practical as Queen Rania spent the day walking through the district to meet young women and men bringing this famous arts and culture quarter into the 21st century.

Jess Ilse, Editorial Assistant/Senior Reporter

This traditional teal dress that Queen Rania wore at the Great Arab Revolt Centennial Celebration in June 2016 is stunning. I love the golden embellishments along the front with a belt at the centre. It’s such a lovely, vibrant colour on her, and her golden accessories, including headband and clutch, are perfectly suited for her.

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I love this casual Antonio Berardi colour-block blue and white dress that Queen Rania wore while on official engagements with The Duchess of Cornwall in 2013. This is a perfect dress to wear at work, and I love the floral embellishment on the belt as well. Something I love about Queen Rania’s style is how simple the designs are yet the small embellishments help create a truly stunning look.

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About author

Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.