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1978: King of Jordan Marries an American Citizen

1978: King of Jordan Marries an American Citizen
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  • Historical event:
  • 15 June 1978
  • Queen Noor was actually born in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. It is interesting that her mother - Doris Carlquist - was of Swedish origin. Her Scandinavian heritage can be seen in the bright color of Queen Noor’s eyes.

On this day in 1978, the reigning King Hussein of Jordan married former United States citizen Lisa Najeeb Halaby.

She thus became the Queen of Jordan and took the new name – Noor Al-Hussein (Nur Al-Hussein) – which means “Light of Hussein”.

The wedding was a traditional Muslim ceremony held at the palace in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

Queen Noor was actually born in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. Her father was of Arab origin, as the son of a Syrian immigrant.

However, it is interesting that the mother of Queen Noor – Doris Carlquist – was of Swedish origin. Her Scandinavian heritage can be detected by the bright color of Queen Noor’s eyes.

King Hussein was as many as 25 years older than Queen Noor. In fact, she was only 26 years old and he was already over 50 when they got married.

It is interesting that she was originally a Christian, and only upon marriage converted to Islam. She also renounced her American citizenship. She and the king had four children – two sons and two daughters.

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