Jordan wedding: Princess Iman marries Jameel Thermiotis

King Abdullah II signed a document declaring the couple husband and wife

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Princess Iman of Jordan married Jameel Thermiotis on Sunday in a ceremony on the outskirts of Amman in the first wedding of a busy year for the Hashemite royal family.

The princess, 26, is the eldest daughter of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, who hosted the wedding at their palace in the Dabouq neighbourhood west of Amman.

She is the first of King Abdullah's four children to be married.

Crown Prince Hussein, the king's eldest son, is due to marry fiancee Rajwa Al Saif, from Saudi Arabia, on June 1.

Wearing a white dress with a long train and a lace veil, Princess Iman was escorted to the ceremony through the palace gardens by Crown Prince Hussein.

She also wore a diamond tiara reportedly owned by her grandmother, Princess Muna Al Hussein, mother of King Abdullah and second wife of the late King Hussein, who ruled from 1952 to 1999.

The wedding, parts of which were broadcast live on state television, was a rare occasion when most members of the Hashemite family were seen in public.

Under Jordan's constitution, all significant powers in the country are with the monarch, who has to be male.

At the ceremony, Princess Iman sat with Mr Thermiotis, a Venezuelan, and King Abdullah in front of a green Quran placed on a table as a palace cleric recounted how marriage is an exalted virtue in Islam.

The king, the princess and Mr Thermiotis then signed the marriage document, which declared the couple husband and wife.

The couple then walked under spears carried by Royal Honour Guards, who usually greet foreign leaders when they come on official visits to the kingdom. They jointly used an Arab sword to cut a six-layer wedding cake.

Among the first guests to arrive was Prince Hasan, the only living brother of the the late king Hussein, who is seen as an elder statesman in Jordan, and his wife, the Calcutta-born Princess Sarvath.

Queen Rania sat in the front row, along with members of the Hashemite family and Mr Thermiotis's parents and siblings. Ms Al Saif was also in attendance.

Guests included Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, as well as Sheikh Issa, son of Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad, and Intisar and Aya El Sisi, the wife and daughter of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, as well as members of Al Sabah ruling family of Kuwait.

The guests arrived at the palace to tunes played by a Jordanian army band and sat in a garden courtyard, where the brief ceremony took place.

Another band wearing white robes from the southern Jordanian city of Maan recited traditional wedding songs.

The engagement of the couple was announced by the Royal Hashemite Court in July last year.

Mr Thermiotis was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1994, and is of Greek descent. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and works in finance in New York.

Last week, Queen Rania shared photos from her daughter’s pre-wedding henna party.

“So much love in one room! With friends and family at Iman’s henna party yesterday,” she said.

Updated: March 14, 2023, 5:35 AM