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The wedding gown of Princess Muna al-Hussein


On 25 May 1961, British-born Toni Avril Gardiner married King Hussein of Jordan as his second wife.

The wedding took place in the Zahran Palace in Amman and was followed by a procession through the city.

Toni, who took on the name Princess Muna al-Hussein after her wedding, wore a wedding dress by British designer Ronald Paterson. It was a cream-coloured silk gown embroidered with diamonds and pearls. In addition, she wore a headdress of orange blossom and a diamond necklace that had been given to her by her new husband.

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Princess Muna and King Hussein went on to have four children together, including the current King Abdulla II, Prince Faisal and twins Princesses Aisha and Zein. However, they divorced after just eleven years of marriage, and Muna was allowed to retain her title. She continues to live in Jordan, no doubt to be near her family.

King Hussein went on to marry two more times. His third wife was Alia Toukan, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in 1977, and his fourth wife was Lisa Halaby, who took on the name Queen Noor. King Hussein died on 7 February 1999 at the age of 63.