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Jill Biden confirms her attendance at biggest royal wedding of the year

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The American First Lady Jill Biden has confirmed she will attend the “royal wedding of the year” in Jordan next week as Crown Prince Hussein prepares to wed Saudi Arabian architect Rajwa Al-Saif on June 1. The Bidens have a strong friendship with King Abdullah and Queen Rania, the parents of the groom, with Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales also possible guests at the ceremony.

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Although it has not been confirmed that the Prince and Princess of Wales have been invited, the British Royal Family have a close relationship with their Jordanian counterparts.

King Abdullah and Queen Rania were guests at both the King’s Coronation in May and the late Queen Elizabeth’s funeral last September.

Yesterday Jill Biden announced she would be at the royal wedding in Jordan, with her visit also including stops across the Middle East and North Africa.

The Crown Prince spent time studying in the US when he was a student at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and his father King Abdullah often met Joe Biden for breakfast when he was Vice President between 2009 and 2017.

They have also been hosted by President Biden twice at the White House and met with him in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia after he was elected.

A number of other European royals will be at the event, including King Philippe of Belgium and his 21-year-old daughter Princess Elisabeth.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and Princess Hisakoa and Princess Tsuguko of Japan have all confirmed their attendance at the wedding.

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Queen Azizah of Malaysia also revealed she would be attending and let slip some details about the dress code for the day.

She denied ongoing rumours that the ceremony will be a white tie affair, saying instead that guests have been asked to wear black tie and long dresses – but no tiaras.

The Crown Prince is heir to the throne of Jordan and will marry his long-term girlfriend Ms Al-Saif at the Zahran Palace in Amman, the country’s capital.

Less than three months ago his younger sister Princess Iman married Jameel Alexander “Jimmy” Thermiótis on March 12.

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Queen Rania celebrated her future daughter-in-law’s upcoming nuptials with a traditional pre-wedding henna party at the Royal Hashemite Court’s Madareb Bani Hashem on May 22.

The Queen said to welcome her guests: “I’m so happy that you could all be here to celebrate with us. Today is a special day for us, and to our entire Jordanian family: Our joy is one and the same… near or far, you are all in our hearts today.”

She then welcomed Ms Al-Saif into the family, saying she had always dreamed of her son’s wedding as any mother does.

Queen Rania told her guests: “Al Hussein is your son as much as he is mine – you are his family and this is your celebration.”

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