Model Role Details

Queen Alia Alhussein

Queen Alia Alhussein

Sector : Public Figures , Public Figures

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Jordan
  • Gender : Female
  • Born in : 1948
  • Age : 68
  • Curriculum vitae :

Information

Alia Baha ud-din Toukan (25 December 1948 – 9 February 1977) was the Queen consort of Jordan and the third wife of King Hussein of Jordan from her marriage in 1972 until her death in a helicopter crash in 1977. The international airport in Amman is named after her.

A daughter of Sayyid Baha ud-din Toukan (or Touqan), former Jordanian ambassador to the Court of St James's (United Kingdom), Italy, Turkey and Egypt, by his wife, Hanan Hashim. Alia was born in Cairo, Egypt in December 1948. Her father was a Palestinian from Nablus, who had settled in Salt, near Amman. He served King Abdullah I, helped write the Jordanian Constitution, and was Jordan's first Ambassador to the United Nations.
 
She spent most of her childhood years travelling with her parents during her father’s career in Jordan’s diplomatic corps: she lived in Egypt, Turkey, London, the United States, and Rome. She attended Church School in London with her younger brothers, Alaa and Abdullah. She was educated at the Rome Center of Liberal Arts of Loyola University Chicago. She studied political science with a minor in social psychology, and public relations at Hunter College in New York. She was interested in sports and writing, and she wished to be a diplomat. In 1971, she moved to Jordan, where she worked for Royal Jordanian. She was asked by King Hussein bin Talal to oversee the preparations for the first International Water Skiing Festival held in Aqaba in September 1972.


Alia married the King in a private ceremony on 24 December 1972, and was titled Queen Alia al Hussein (Arabic: علياء الحسين‎).
 
They had two children:
 
Princess Haya (born 3 May 1974).
Prince Ali (born 23 December 1975).
They also adopted Abir, a 5-year-old Palestinian girl whose mother had been killed by a plane crash at a refugee camp near the Amman airport.


Alia's love of the arts and literature inspired the establishment of libraries throughout the country, including one at the Central Bank of Jordan and another in the King Hussein Medical City. Her interest in the arts led to the founding of the Haya Cultural Centre for Children, the National Folklore Troupe and the Alia Art Gallery. It was also instrumental in conceiving the Jerash Festival for the Arts.
 
In 1974, Alia called for women to be granted the right to vote and be elected for parliament. On 4 April 1974, a law was promulgated granting women this right; however, the suspension of parliamentary life in Jordan between 1974 and 1989 prevented its implementation.
 
In 1976, Alia received the Great Star of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.

Alia died in a helicopter crash in Amman, Jordan on 9 February 1977. Amman's principal airport, Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), was completed in 1983 and named in her honour. It is located 20 miles south of the city and replaced Amman Marka International Airport (now Amman Civil Airport) as the city's main gateway.
 


Source

Achievements and Awards



  • Marital status :
  • City :
  • Status :
  • Years in active : From To