Princess Muna al-Hussein

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Princess Muna al-Hussein
Princess Muna of Jordan
Princess consort of Jordan
Tenure 25 May 1961 – 21 December 1971
Spouse Hussein of Jordan
Issue Abdullah II of Jordan
Prince Feisal
Princess Aisha
Princess Zein
Full name

Antoinette Avril Gardiner (at birth)

Princess Muna of Jordan (after marriage)
House Hashemite
Father Walter Percy Gardiner
Mother Doris Elizabeth Sutton
Born (1941-04-25) 25 April 1941 (age 73)
Chelmondiston, East Suffolk, United Kingdom
Jordanian Royal Family
Coat of arms of Jordan.svg

HM The King
HM The Queen

HM Queen Noor

Princess Muna al-Hussein (born Antoinette Avril Gardiner;[1] 25 April 1941) is the mother of King Abdullah II of Jordan. Until their divorce on 21 December 1972, she was the second wife of Hussein, the late king of Jordan. She is British by birth but in keeping with Islamic culture, she was renamed Muna al-Hussein upon her marriage.

Early life[edit]

Gardiner was born in Chelmondiston, East Suffolk, England, the daughter of Doris Elizabeth (Sutton) and Walter Percy Gardiner. She attended Bourne School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which was administered by the British Families Education Service for the children of British service personnel stationed overseas. The school closed when British forces withdrew from Malaya.

Gardiner's father was a high ranking British Army officer stationed at Long Marston in the 1960s.[2]

Marriage and children[edit]

Gardiner met the king of Jordan, Hussein, while working as a secretarial assistant on the film set of Lawrence of Arabia. The king had allowed troops to work as extras on this film and would occasionally visit to monitor the production's progress. However, there is another report, stating that Gardiner and the king met when her father began to work as a military adviser in Jordan.[2]

Gardiner married King Hussein in Amman, Jordan on 25 May 1961. She converted to Islam and was renamed Muna al-Hussein upon marriage,[3] and was given the title Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein on the birth of her first son on 30 January 1962. Together they had four children:

They were divorced on 21 December 1971. After her divorce, she was allowed to keep the style of Royal Highness and the title of Princess of Jordan. She continues to work and live in Jordan.

Causes and activities[edit]

She is involved in the development of nursing in Jordan, founding the Princess Muna Scholarship Fund for Nursing.[4] In 1962, Princess Muna founded the Princess Muna College of Nursing, now the Princess Muna College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.[5]

Positions and titles[edit]



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  2. ^ a b Ewing, Richard (5 February 1999). "Prince's secretary mum who married a king". Coventy Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  3. ^ The Jordanian constitution requires that any heir to the throne be born of a legitimate couple, and both parents should be Muslims. Chapter VI Part I, Article 28th of The Jordanian Constitution
  4. ^ Princess Muna Scholarship Fund for Nursing
  5. ^ "Princess Muna College". 
  6. ^ "Princess Muna patronizes Jordanian-Romanian medicine and pharmacy conference". Ammon News. 
  7. ^ a b Royal Ark
  8. ^ Badraie

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Royal titles
Preceded by
Dina bint 'Abdu'l-Hamid
as queen consort
Princess consort of Jordan
25 May 1961 – 21 December 1971
Succeeded by
Alia al-Hussein
as queen consort