Breakin' the Rules: Royals Who Married Commoners

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On Aug. 31, 1970, Rania Al-Yassin was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents from Tulkarm. She attended school at New English School in Jabriya, Kuwait, then earned a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Upon her graduation from university, Queen Rania returned to Jordan. She worked briefly in marketing, for Citibank, followed by a job with Apple Inc. in Amman. She met Jordanian King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, who was a prince at that time, at a dinner party in January 1993. Two months later, they announced their engagement and on June 10, 1993, they were married. They have four children. Her husband ascended the thrown on Feb. 7 1999, after the death of his father. She was proclaimed Queen on March 22, 1999.