|Born||1945 (age 74–75)|
(m. 1964; div. 1978)
|Issue||Prince Talal |
|Father||Farid Mahmoud Irshaid|
|Mother||Farida Fahoum Irshaid|
Princess Firyal (born 1945) is a Jordanian princess, humanitarian, and philanthropist.
She has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 1992, for whom she works on programs for education and protection of world heritage. She is a board member at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), New York Public Library, and a wide range of museums and universities, including the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Princess Firyal is a graduate of Columbia University. From 1964 to 1978 she was married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal—younger brother of the late HM King Hussein of Jordan—by whom she has two sons, Prince Talal and Prince Ghazi.
Early life and education
Born in Jerusalem Firyal Irshaid is the daughter of the late Farid Mahmoud Irshaid, a political leader who served as a Minister in the Government and a Parliamentarian in the Senate in Jordan. Her mother Farida was Chair of the Red Crescent Society in The West Bank.
Princess Firyal attended Berzeit College. She studied for two years at the American College for Women in Beirut prior to her marriage; she resumed her studies and earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University School of General Studies in 1999.
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The Princess was appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992. Three years later, in 1995, she was appointed Special Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO. She works primarily on programs for protection of world heritage and education.
In Jordan, Princess Firyal became active in relief work in refugee camps. She worked for the literacy programs with the nomadic Bedouin tribes. Princess Firyal also established the family planning program.
The princess's philanthropic positions and credentials include:
- Board of Directors of the United Nations Association in March, 2003.
- Board of Trustees of the International Rescue Committee based in New York.
- International Council at Columbia University
- Board of Trustees of the New York Public Library
- Trustee of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
- International Council of the Tate Modern in London
- Minister Plenipotentiary by the government of Jordan in May 2007 at the Jordanian Embassy as U.S. Ambassador
- Museum of Modern Art Board of Chairman Council of MOMA.
- Guggenheim Museum Member of the Middle Eastern Circle
Irshaid was married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal, with whom she had sons Prince Talal bin Muhammad and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, between 1964 and 1978. After their marriage ended in divorce, she was a longtime companion to Lionel Pincus.
- Jordan : Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence
- Malaysia : Honorary Grand Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm (24 April 1965)
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