King Abdullah II even played a minor role in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He is considered one of the most influential people in the Muslim world in general.
This day in 1962 marked the birth of Abdullah II from the Hashemite dynasty, the currently reigning King of Jordan. His father was the Jordanian king Hussein, but his mother was of British origin. Her birth name was Antoinette Avril Gardiner, and she was born in Suffolk, northeast of London. She only converted to Islam upon marrying King Hussein, when she received the name Muna al-Husein. Her father was a British officer, Walter Percy Gardiner. Therefore, the current King of Jordan is descended from a British Army officer.
While he was still the Prince of Jordan, the young Abdullah received an education in England and the USA. He even attended Georgetown University, the famous Catholic university in Washington, D.C., which was also attended by Bill Clinton and many U.S. senators.
Abdullah became the King of Jordan in 1999, and is considered one of the most influential people in the entire Muslim world. He is married to the well-known Queen Rania of Jordan, who is of Palestinian descent. They have four children. King Abdullah II is a Star Trek fan, and even played a minor role in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.