Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

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Lalla Salma
Princess Consort of Morocco
Tenure 21 March 2002 – present
Spouse Mohammed VI of Morocco
Issue Crown Prince Moulay Hassan
Princess Lalla Khadija
Dynasty Alaouite (by marriage)
Father Al-Haj Abdel Hamid Bennani
Mother Naima Bensouda
Born (1978-05-10) 10 May 1978 (age 36)
Fes, Morocco
Religion Sunni Islam
Moroccan Royal Family
Coat of arms of Morocco.svg




Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (Arabic: الأميرة للا سلمى‎), (born Salma Bennani; 10 May 1978 in Fes) is the princess consort of Morocco. She is the wife of King Mohammed VI and the first wife of a Moroccan ruler to have been publicly acknowledged and given a royal title.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Salma was born in Fes to an upper middle class family.[2] Her parents were al-Haj Abdel Hamid Bennani, a school teacher,[3] and Naima (née Bensouda),[3] who died when Salma was three years old; from then on she and her sister were raised by her maternal grandmother. She lived in Rabat, with her cousin Saira, and the two are commonly seen together in public.[1]

She was educated in Rabat, where she attended a private school, Lycée Hassan II, Lycée Moulay Youssef, and l'École Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse de Systèmes.[3] She met her husband during a private party in 1999. After completing her engineering studies, she worked for a few months as an information services engineer at ONA Group, the country's largest private holding company (which is also controlled by the Moroccan Royal Family).

Marriage and children[edit]

Salma married King Mohammed VI on 12 October 2001 (sadaq) and on 21 March 2002 (zafaf), at the Dar al-Makhzin, Rabat, and was granted the title of Princess Lalla with the style of Royal Highness on her marriage.[3] ("Lalla" is a traditional honorific for high-born and royal women that approximately corresponds to the western "Lady" for noblewomen.)[citation needed]

The royal couple have two children:[4]

Royal Role[edit]

Salma has kept quite a low profile as first lady of Morocco, although a more public one than her predecessors in the role, whom the citizens did not normally see. She has been supporting cancer associations and the Fez Sacred Music Festival. [5]

On 29 April 2011, the day after the 2011 Marrakech bombing, she was attending the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton.[6] The Moroccan news agency did not mention her presence at this ceremony.[citation needed]

Salma has also represented the King and Morocco in meetings and gatherings in Thailand, Japan, and France. She also founded a cancer prevention association in Morocco[7] and has been involved in HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa work. Recently, she visited Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. In April 2013, Salma attended the inauguration of the new Dutch King Willem-Alexander in Amsterdam.

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Styles of
Princess Salma of Morocco
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 10 May 1978 – 21 March 2002: Miss Salma Bennani
  • 21 March 2002 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b MOHAMMED VI & SALMA – website nettyroyal.nl
  2. ^ "RWB" (in French). Reporters sans frontières (Morocco) / VSD. 7 March 2002. Archived from the original on 25 December 2003. Retrieved 20 July 2014. "Tout le royaume bruisse de l’événement à venir. Courant mars, sa majesté Mohammed VI se mariera. L’heureuse élue, Salma Bennani, est une jeune femme de 25 ans, native de Fès et issue de la haute bourgeoisie." 
  3. ^ a b c d e The Alawi Dynasty – Genealogy – website The Royal Ark
  4. ^ Paris Match royal blog
  5. ^ The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Princess Lalla Salma Gets Ethereal. Orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.uk (4 June 2010). Retrieved on 9 April 2012.
  6. ^ The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Royal Fashion Awards: Foreign Royals at the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding. Orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.uk (29 April 2011). Retrieved on 9 April 2012.
  7. ^ Lalla Salma Association Against Cancer – website UICC
  8. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado

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