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May 18, 2004

Her Royal Highness

Filed under: Misc — mlah @ 10:18 pm

Princess Aisha bint Hussein of Jordan

i met a princess today.

you read that correctly.

i met a princess today.

let it sink in.

i saw the king of spain when i was in palma de mallorca. on the far side of the airport. one side of the palma airport is civilian, the other is military. i was waiting for a plane to olbia, italy when the king and his entourage drove up and jetted away in his private lear. it has three engines.

but today i met her royal highness Aisha al Hashemi bint Hussein. her brother is king abdullah of jordan.

nice lady too.

her dad was king Hussein al Hashemi bin Talal, or just king hussein. he was a huge figure in middle east politics until he was cut down by cancer a couple of years ago (Radiya Allah Anhu). i’ll be participating in the relay for life here very soon. cancer needs to be dealt with. the sooner the better. see king husseins family tree all the way back past mohammed here

her mother was antoinette gardiner, a british citizen. aisha has a twin sister zein.

King Hussein and his family

aisha is sitting just up and to the right of her father king hussein in this picture. she is wearing the lavendar.

she was pretty down to earth. first impression was good. i like her. she was personable. not pretentious at all. but i’m sure she could be if necesary. i’m sure she has had the lifetime to learn the skills necesary to exist in the world of statesmen.

aisha is also somewhat of a feminist. not the feminazi type we have here. she might be interested in more bathroom space at highway reststops for women, but she has bigger battles to fight. she is commander of the womens brigade in the jordanian army and is advocating things like health care for depndant wives.

really shows the huge contrast between the middle east and here. jordan is progressive too, in comparison to some of the other middle eastern states. i wish her all the luck in the world.

don’t know much else about her. she went to high school in mass. and college in britain. flawless english. married with two kids.

very nice lady.

speaks well of her father, who was a giant on the world stage (my official opinion), and makes me like jordan quite a bit more.

i scoured these pics off of the web. just search for princess aisha, without quotes and you can find a few more.


  1. Ok. Something is missing here. How did you come to meet Princess Aisha, and what you were doing? Geez, it’s no wonder men are lousy at gossiping, unless it’s about a sexual exploit!!!!!


    Comment by Madame Butterfly — May 19, 2004 @ 9:03 am

  2. i would think that madame butterfly would understand why this post is devoid of that information.

    Comment by mlah — May 19, 2004 @ 11:21 am

  3. I kind of thought there would be more info as well. You could say something like “I met her at a meeting” or “she was doing a tour of….” A few more details are needed.

    Comment by Mark — May 19, 2004 @ 2:31 pm

  4. mark, you as well should realize the absense of data was intended to protect my ass.

    Comment by mlah — May 19, 2004 @ 3:02 pm

  5. Huh?

    Comment by Bill from INDC — May 20, 2004 @ 1:06 pm

  6. Then don’t blog about something that you can’t give the interesting details!!!! Sheesh!

    Enquiring minds want to know!


    Comment by Madame Butterfly — May 20, 2004 @ 2:11 pm

  7. Good to leave so much up to the imagination!
    T’would be nice to meet a Princess. Met Esai Morales once. Even saw the Ghostbuster Mobile one time while they were filming #2. That happens in NYC. Nothing so thrilling though as I’m sure you’ve experienced!

    Comment by CJ — May 20, 2004 @ 8:03 pm

  8. Seen the Ghost Buster Mobile?! I drank beer and got to third base in the freakin’ car! Such things happen to a boy growing up in Calipornia.

    Comment by marco (polo!) — May 22, 2004 @ 2:04 am

  9. Oh, ignore those silly people saying they need more info.
    I think it’s cool you met a princess. And it’s good to know that there is a country in the middle east where women are more than property!

    Comment by Beth Donovan — May 22, 2004 @ 8:46 pm

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  11. Met her father the late King, several times. Very commanding presence, even though he was quite short in stature, and an uncanny ability to apparently remember one’s face. I flew him a couple of times and visited Aqaba when my ‘boss’ visited with him on occasion in the ’80s.

    Comment by blivet — May 24, 2004 @ 4:33 pm

  12. Google linked me to this page, nice reading

    Comment by John Hurron — November 4, 2004 @ 11:44 am

  13. I also have met Princess Aisha at Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA back in 1986 the year that she graduated. I agree that she is such a lovely young lady. I can remember eating dinner with her one night in the dining center and could not belive she was so down to earth. She had jeans on like everyone else and a very sweet and very intelligent. I also remember that she had mentioned back then that she was going into the Jordanian Army. It’s nice to know from reading her current bio that she accomplished what she set out to do. I worked in the Admissions Office of Dana Hall and in one of the dorms GreyLodge.

    The very best to Princess Aisha and her family.

    Comment by Debbie Foley Kolacz — January 26, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

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