|Princess Alia bint Hussein|
13 February 1956|
Nasser Wasfi Mirza
(m. 1977; div. 1988)
Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh (m. 1988)
Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh
|Father||Hussein of Jordan|
|Mother||Dina bint Abdul-Hamid|
Princess Alia received her primary education in Amman, attending Ahliyyah School for Girls and Rosary College, Amman. She then attended Sibton Park School in Lyminge, UK, until 1968, after spending one year at Benenden School in Kent, UK (1969–70), and obtaining her A levels in Arabic, English and French from Millfield School in Somerset, UK, in 1972. Princess Alia graduated with honours from the University of Jordan in 1977, obtaining a bachelor's degree in English literature.
Princess Alia married Lieutenant-Colonel Nasser Wasfi Mirza on 12 April 1977 in the Raghadan Palace, and has one son from the marriage:
- Hussein Mirza (born 12 February 1981)
- Talal Al-Saleh (b. 12 September 1989)
- Abdul Hamid Al-Saleh (b. 15 November 1992)
Life and activities
Princess Alia worked as registrar and artist with the British School of Archaeology under Crystal Benett OBE, and has been a member of Fakherelnissa' Zeid's Art Group since the 1980s. In her capacity as director of the Royal Stables of Jordan for the Preservation of the Arabian Horses, Princess Alia initiated the festival of the "Arabian Horse at Home" in 1988 (now a yearly event) and organised the Middle East Championships for Purebred Horses, Jordan. She has also founded the Princess Alia Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that is under the Ministry of Social Development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Its stated motto is "Respect and Compassion towards Creation". In that capacity, in 2011, she delivered the keynote address at the World Arabian Horse Association (WAHO) conference titled "The Relationship Between Horses and Humans in Today's World," drawing clear parallels between animal welfare and human rights.
Princess Alia has held a 2 Dan Black Belt Tae Kwondo since 1987, and enjoys equestrianism,horse breeding, judging of Arabian horses, collecting stamps, reading and sports in general. Equestrianism is a family passion; her sister, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, is the current president of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) and a member of the International Olympic Committee.
Notable published works
- The Arabian Horse of Egypt (ISBN 9774163486), co-authored by Sharifa Sarra Ghazi.
- Royal Heritage: The Story of Jordan's Arab Horses (ISBN 0956417043), co-authored by Peter Upton.
- Small Miracles: The Story of the Princess Alia Foundation (ISBN 0956417086), co-authored by Cynthia Culbertson.
- Jordan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan
- Jordan : 1st class of Al-Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Contribution (5 February 2007)
- Japan: Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown (10 March 1976)
- Norway: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (4 April 2000)
- Spain: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic (18 March 1977)
|Ancestors of Princess Alia bint Hussein|
- "Briefs". Star-Times. 1 April 2001. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
Last year Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein Al Saleh daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan...
- King Hussein, Princess Dina and Princess Alia
- Royal Ark
- "Who We Are". Princess Alia Foundation.
- Princess Alia bin Al Hussein. "The Relationship Between Horses and Humans in Today's World" (PDF). World Arabian Horse Association.
- Review: Royal Heritage – the story of Jordan's Arab Horses, by HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Peter Upton | Horsetalk.co.nz
- The Official Website of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein Archived 22 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Sharifa Sarra Ghazi (15 April 2010). The Arabian Horse of Egypt. The American University in Cairo Press.
- HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Peter Upton (30 March 2011). Royal Heritage: The Story of Jordan's Arab Horses. Medina Publishing Ltd.
- HRH Princess Alia Al Hussein and Cynthia Culbertson (24 May 2014). Small Miracles: The Story of the Princess Alia Foundation. Medina Publishing Ltd.
- Royal Ark, Jordanian genealogy details
- Boletín Oficial del Estado