Prince Hassan bin Talal

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Prince El Hassan of Jordan
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Prince El Hassan bin Talal in Berlin 2006
Born (1947-03-20) 20 March 1947 (age 69)
Amman, Jordan
Spouse Princess Sarvath al-Hassan
Issue Princess Rahma
Princess Sumaya
Princess Badiya
Prince Rashid
House Hashemite
Father Talal of Jordan
Mother Zein al Sharaf Talal
Religion Islam
Jordanian Royal Family
Coat of arms of Jordan.svg

HM The King
HM The Queen

HM Queen Noor

Prince Hassan bin Talal (Arabic: الحسن بن طلال‎‎, born 20 March 1947 in Amman), is a member of the Jordanian royal family.


Prince Hassan is the third son of King Talal and Queen Zein al-Sharaf, brother of King Hussein and uncle of King Abdullah II.

In 1968, Prince Hassan married Sarvath Ikramullah, daughter of the politician and diplomat Mohammed Ikramullah, and female politician, diplomat and Urdu author, Begum Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah. Both her parents from prominent Bengali families born in then British India. They first met in London in 1958, when they were both youngsters and have four children together:


Prince Hassan was educated first in Amman. He then attended Summer Fields School, Oxford, and Harrow School in England, then Christ Church, a college of the University of Oxford,[1] where he graduated BA with Honours in Oriental Studies and later proceeded to MA. Hassan is fluent in Arabic, English, French and German. He has a working knowledge of Turkish and Spanish, and studied Hebrew at university.[2]


In 1965 Hassan was named as Crown Prince of Jordan after the constitution was amended.[3] He was frequently regent during his brother's absences from the country. During Hussein's final illness in January 1999, he was replaced by his nephew Abdullah only days before the king died.[4] Abdullah subsequently inherited the throne of Jordan.

In 2009, he joined the project "Soldiers of Peace", a movie against all wars and for global peace.[5][6]

On 10 June 2013, he was appointed as the chairman of advisory board on water and sanitation (UNSGAB) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.[7]

Styles of
Prince Hassan of Jordan
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir


The following includes some of the organizations that Prince Hassan belongs to and/or founded.

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Honorary degrees and doctorates[edit]

In 2002, Prince Hassan was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York, in recognition of his contribution to the field of post-war reconstruction and development.[10] In 2004 he was awarded an honorary fellowship by York St John University, for his lifelong contribution to peace initiatives in the Middle East, humanitarian projects and inspirational leadership in interfaith dialogue.


Abraham Geiger Award[edit]

The 2008 Abraham Geiger Award, named after liberal thinker of Judaism Abraham Geiger (1810–1874), was conferred upon Prince Hassan bin Talal. The award ceremony was held in Berlin on 4 March 2008. Past recipients include Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Alfred Grosser, Emil Fackenheim and Susannah Heschel.[13]

"Honouring the President Emeritus of the World Conference of Religions for Peace underlines Prince Hassan's courage in defending pluralism, promoting understanding among different cultures and enhancing dialogue between Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Prince's efforts to promote understanding between the Islamic and Western Worlds are crucial at a time when we seem to be drifting apart, with perceived differences appearing to overwhelm the many things we have in common, both culturally and religiously."[13]

Awards and prizes[edit]



  1. ^ Darwish, Adel (1 December 1998). "The court of King Hussein". The Middle East. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal; Chairman of RSS Board of Trustees". Royal Scientific Society. Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Shahin, Mariam (1 September 1998). "The man who would be king". The Middle East. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hussein sacks brother in favour of half-English son". The Birmingham Post. 23 January 1999. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Prince Hassan bin Talal". Soldiers of Peace. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Il cast". Soldiers of Peace. 18 October 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "United Nations Press Release". 10 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  8. ^ The Levant Foundation website on the Swiss based Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue
  9. ^ The Elijah Interfaith Institute – Muslim Members of the Board of World Religious Leaders
  10. ^ a b "His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal; Honorary Graduate & Patron". The University of York; Department of Politics. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
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  12. ^ "SOAS Honorary Fellows". SOAS. 
  13. ^ a b "Abraham Geiger Award 2008". Abraham Geiger College. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  14. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour" (pdf) (in German). p. 487 & 1660. Retrieved November 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  15. ^ Royal Ark
  16. ^ Getty Images
  17. ^ Noblesse et Royautes, Inthronisation of Willem-Alexander, photo
  18. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1965." (PDF). 
  19. ^ Quirinal
  20. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado

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Royal titles
Preceded by
Prince Abdullah bin Al Ghazi
Line of succession to the Jordanian throne
17th position
Succeeded by
Prince Rashid bin El Hassan
Preceded by
Abdullah bin Hussein
Crown Prince of Jordan
Succeeded by
Abdullah bin Hussein