Princess Basma bint Talal

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Princess Basma bint Talal
Princess Royal of Jordan
Born (1951-05-11) 11 May 1951 (age 66)
Amman, Jordan
Spouse Colonel Timoor Daghistani
(m. 1970–1980)
Walid al-Kurdi
(m. 1980–present)
Issue Farah Daghistani
Ghazi Daghistani
Saad Walid
Zein Al-Sharaf Walid
Full name
Basma bint Talal
House Hashemite
Father Talal of Jordan
Mother Zein Al-Sharaf
Religion Islam

Princess Basma bint Talal (born 11 May 1951) is the only daughter of King Talal and Queen Zein, sister of King Hussein and paternal aunt to the current king, King Abdullah II. Princess Basma is often considered the equivalent Princess Royal of Jordan.


Basma's father became King of Jordan two months after she was born as a result of the assassination of her grandfather King Abdullah I in Jerusalem. King Talal was forced to abdicate as King for health reasons in 1952, when Basma was one year old. He lived on until 1972. Her mother was Queen Zein (1916–1994). After her father's abdication, her older brother Hussein (1935–1999) ascended the throne, and her mother was Queen Regent until Hussein came of age in 1953.


Basma was educated at Ahliyyah School for Girls in Amman, then in England at Benenden School (where she was a friend of Princess Anne) and University of Oxford, where she read Modern Languages.

In 2001, she was awarded a DPhil degree by Oxford University for a thesis entitled Contextualising development in Jordan: the arena of donors, state and NGOs.

Marriage and career[edit]

Basma first married Colonel Timoor Daghistani in Amman, on 2 April 1970. They had two children together:

  • Farah Daghistani (born 25 March 1971), married 23 September 2004 Saud Abdul Aziz Suleiman.
  • Ghazi Daghistani (born 21 July 1974), married on 7 September 2006 Samanta Mahdi Saifi.

In the late 1970s, they divorced and Basma went on to marry Walid al-Kurdi in Amman, on 14 April 1980. They also had two children together:

  • Saad Walid (born 8 November 1982).
  • Zein Al-Sharaf Walid (born 1 June 1986).

Since the late 1970s, Basma has worked to promote human development, gender equity and children's charities. Through forums that include the United Nations she contributes to the global debates on health, education, population and the environment.


Title, styles and honours[edit]


  • 11 May 1951 – Present: Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan


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