Princess Alia bint Al Hussein

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Princess Alia
Spouse Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh
(m. 1988)
Nasser Wasfi Mirza
(m. 1977, div. 1988)
Issue Prince Hussein Mirza
Talal Al Saleh
Abdul Hamid Al Saleh
House Hashemite
Father King Hussein
Mother Sharifa Dina bint 'Abdu'l-Hamid
Born (1956-02-13) 13 February 1956 (age 59)

Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan was born on 13 February 1956 and is the eldest child to King Hussein of Jordan from his first wife, Sharifa Dina bint 'Abdu'l-Hamid.[1]


Princess Alia received her primary education in Amman, attending Ahliyyah School for Girls and Rosary College, Amman. She then attended Sibton Park School in Lyminge, UK, until 1968, after spending one year at Benenden School in Kent, UK (1969–70), and obtaining her A levels in Arabic, English and French from Millfield School in Somerset, UK, in 1972. Princess Alia graduated with honours from the University of Jordan in 1977, obtaining a bachelor's degree in English literature.

Life and activities[edit]

Princess Alia worked as registrar and artist with the British School of Archaeology under Crystal Benett OBE, and has been a member of Fakherelnissa' Zeid's Art Group since the 1980s. In her capacity as director of the Royal Stables of Jordan for the Preservation of the Arabian Horses, Princess Alia initiated the festival of the "Arabian Horse at Home" in 1988 (now a yearly event) and organized the Middle East Championships for Purebred Horses, Jordan. She has also founded the Princess Alia Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is under the Ministry of Social Development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Its stated motto is ""Respect and Compassion towards Creation".[2] In that capacity, in 2011, she delivered the keynote address at the World Arabian Horse Association (WAHO) conference titled "The Relationship Between Horses and Humans in Today’s World," drawing clear parallels between animal welfare and human rights.[3]

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Princess Alia has held a 2 Dan Black Belt Tae Kwondo since 1987, and enjoys equestrianism,[1]horse breeding, judging of Arabian horses, collecting stamps, reading and sports in general. Equestrianism is a family passion, her sister, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, is the current president of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports(FEI) and a member of the International Olympic Committee.[4][5]

She has written one book, Royal Heritage - the story of Jordan's Arab Horses (ISBN 0956417043) , co-authored by Peter Upton.[6]


Princess Alia married Nasser Wasfi Mirza in 1977 and has one son from the marriage, HH Prince Hussein Mirza (born 12 February 1981). Alia and Mirza divorced in 1988.[7] She married Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh in 1988. They have two children, Talal Al-Saleh (b. 12 September 1989) and Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (b. 15 November 1992).[7]


National Honours[edit]

Foreign Honours[edit]

Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh's foreign honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Briefs". Star-Times. April 1, 2001. Retrieved 2010-07-17. Last year Princess Alia Bint AlHussein Al Saleh daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan... 
  2. ^ "Who We Are". Princess Alia Foundation. 
  3. ^ Princess Alia bin Al Hussein. "The Relationship Between Horses and Humans in Today’s World". World Arabian Horse Association. 
  4. ^ Review: Royal Heritage - the story of Jordan's Arab Horses, by HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Peter Upton |
  5. ^ The Official Website of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein
  6. ^ HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Peter Upton (July 2011). Royal Heritage - the story of Jordan's Arab Horses'. Medina Publishing. 
  7. ^ a b jordan3
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Royal Ark, Jordanian genealogy details
  9. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  10. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado