"Whatever title or office we may be privileged to hold, it is what we do that defines who we are. Each of us must decide what kind of person we want to be - what kind of legacy we want to pass on."
- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
While Queen Rania Al Abdullah’s effortless grace and elegant royal style has not gone unnoticed to the world, it is her countless humanitarian endeavours and keen dedication to the betterment of people’s lives within and beyond the borders Jordan that have garnered praise, recognition and admiration throughout the globe. Here are some facts you might not know about the queen of hearts, which we've taken the liberty to accompany with photos from her top-notch Instagram feed:
Born Rania Al Yassin in Kuwait in 1970, Her Majesty is the daughter of a notable Jordanian family of Palestinian origins.
Her first job
She worked in a bank after graduating from university.
Queen Rania and King Abdullah II met during a dinner party organised by a mutual friend. Rumour has it, it was love at first sight. The royal couple have four beautiful children together.
Education means the world to Her Majesty
A firm believer in the power of education, Her Majesty initiated numerous platforms to ensure education to a countless number of children in Jordan. These include the Jordan Education Initiative, the Queen Rania Teacher Academy and Madrasati.
She cares about children - a lot
In 2003, she initiated the Al-Aman Fund for the Future of Orphans. In 2007, UNICEF appointed her as the first Eminent Advocate for Children.
She loves to write
In her spare time, she enjoys writing, particularly children’s books. She authored The Sandwich Swap, a New York Times bestseller advocating cultural tolerance.
Harper's Bazaar and Queens magazines ranked Her Majesty the most beautiful consort in the world in 2003.
Her endless list of awards and titles
The Grand Cordon of the Japan's Order of the Precious Crown, the North-South Prize from the Council of Europe and the Peacemaker Award are among the philanthropic monarch’s long trail of illustrious awards. She is also the Honorary Chair of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative and sits on the board of directors of several international organizations, such as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Foundation and the International Youth Foundation.
Queen Rania has racked up 6.7 million and 3.4 million followers on Twitter and Instagram, respectively, which she leverages for her advocacy work for various worthy causes. Now that's what we at Tatler call a real social media queen.