Hussein, Crown Prince of Jordan
Hussein, currently a first lieutenant
in the Jordanian Armed Forces
, started his education in Jordan and in 2016 he graduated from Georgetown University
with a degree in International History. Since reaching the age of majority
in 2012, Hussein has functioned as regent
on several occasions and has accompanied his father on a number of local and international visits. Hussein is in charge of the Crown Prince Foundation, which is responsible for a technical university and a number of scientific and humanitarian initiatives. In 2015, at the age of 20, Hussein became the youngest person to chair a UN Security Council
session. After graduating from Sandhurst
in 2017, he made a global debut when he addressed the UN General Assembly
Early life and education
Royal Standard of the Crown Prince of Jordan
Abdullah was not expected to succeed to the throne despite being King Hussein's eldest son; the King had appointed his younger brother, Abdullah's uncle, Prince Hassan
, as heir designate in 1965.
Shortly before his death on 7 February 1999, the King replaced Hassan with Abdullah.
When Abdullah became king, he named his younger half-brother, Prince Hamzah
, as heir designate on his accession.
On 28 November 2004, King Abdullah removed Hamzah from his title as crown prince.
Though the title of crown prince was left vacant, the Constitution of Jordan
provides for agnatic primogeniture
, meaning the monarch's eldest son is automatically first in the line of succession to the Jordanian throne
unless decreed otherwise.
Hussein thus became heir apparent as soon as his half-uncle lost the status, and analysts widely expected the King to bestow the formal title on Hussein.
The title was conferred on 2 July 2009, when a royal decree naming him as crown prince, effective immediately, was issued.
The Crown Prince and the King during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry
, 27 September 2015
Unlike the King's, the Crown Prince's role is mostly ceremonial under the Constitution, and the title is not associated with any political post.
Hussein performed his first official engagement in June 2010, when he represented his father at the celebrations of the anniversary of the Arab Revolt
and the Armed Forces Day.
Hussein has served his father on both official and military missions,
and has served several times as regent
during the King's absence from the country.
Hussein is in charge of the Crown Prince Foundation, which is responsible for a technical university, and a number of scientific and humanitarian initiatives.
The foundation established the Haqiq initiative, which aims to encourage youth for volunteerism; a NASA
internship program; MASAR initiative to encourage space technology innovation; and the Hearing Without Borders initiative that funds cochlear implants for Jordanians with impaired hearing.
The interns from the NASA program built a cubesat
(mini satellite) named JY1, Jordan's first satellite which launched from California
The cubesat project was named after the late King Hussein's amateur radio callsign.
On 23 April 2015, the then-20-year-old Prince Hussein became the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council
During the meeting, the prince oversaw a debate about methods of preventing young people from joining extremist groups. Ban Ki-moon
, the then-Secretary-General of the United Nations
, said Hussein is "not yet 21 years old, but he is already a leader in the 21st century".
The Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2250
titled "Maintenance of international peace and security"; the resolution was presented at the initiative of Jordan during the session Hussein presided over.
In May 2017, Hussein made the welcoming speech during a session of the World Economic Forum
that was held on the Jordanian shores of the Dead Sea
In September 2017, after having graduated from Sandhurst, he gave Jordan's speech at the UN General Assembly.
Observers speculated the Crown Prince would start to play a more prominent role in Jordan and abroad.
The Crown Prince's Instagram
account has more than two million followers as of July 2019; he posts pictures that showcase his hobbies, which include reading, playing football
, cooking, motorcycling and playing the guitar. He also enjoys playing chess in his spare time.
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