His Majesty King Abdullah II is the 43rd generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad. King Abdullah II assumed his constitutional powers as Monarch of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on February 7th, 1999, the day his father, the late King Hussein, passed away.
Born in Amman on January 30th, 1962, King Abdullah II is the eldest son of His Majesty the Late King Hussein and Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein. He began his primary education at the Islamic Educational College in Amman, and later attended St. Edmund's School in Surrey, England. For his secondary education, he attended Eaglebrook School and Deerfield Academy in the United States of America.
King Abdullah II joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom in 1980, and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in 1981. He was later appointed Reconnaissance Troop Leader in the 13th/18th Battalion of the Royal Hussars (British Army) in the then West Germany and England.
In 1982, King Abdullah II attended Oxford University where he completed a one-year Special Studies course in Middle Eastern Affairs.
Upon returning home, King Abdullah II joined the Jordanian Armed Forces and served as Platoon Commander and Company 2nd-in-Command in the 40th Armored Brigade. In 1985 he attended the Armored Officers Advanced Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA. In 1986, he was Commander of a Tank Company in the 91st Armored Brigade of the Jordanian Armed Forces holding the rank of Captain. He also served with the Royal Jordanian Airforce Anti-Tank Wing where he received his wings as well as his qualifications as a Cobra Attack Pilot.
In 1987, King Abdullah II attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. as a Mid-Career Fellow. He completed an Advanced Study and Research Program in International Affairs, part of the 'Master of Science in Foreign Service' Program. King Abdullah II, thereafter, resumed his military career where he held various positions among them Commander of the Royal Jordanian Special Forces and Special Operations Commander.
In addition to his career as an army officer, King Abdullah II served Jordan many times in the official capacity of Regent in the absence of the late King Hussein, and regularly traveled on official missions. He was proclaimed Crown Prince on the 24th of January 1999 by a Royal Decree. He had also assumed the position of Crown Prince at birth by a Royal Decree until April 1st, 1965.
Since his accession to the throne, King Abdullah II has continued his late father's commitment to creating a strong and positive moderating role for Jordan within the Arab World, and has worked towards the establishment of a just and lasting
comprehensive solution to the Arab- Israeli conflict. King Abdullah II is committed to building on the late King's legacy to further institutionalize democratic and political pluralism in Jordan, and has displayed a strong commitment to ensuring sustainable levels of economic growth and social development aimed at improving the standard of living of all Jordanians.
Under his reign, Jordan was admitted to the World Trade Organization, and ratified agreements for the establishment of a Free Trade Area with the United States of America, the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, and sixteen Arab countries.
King Abdullah II has been actively and personally involved in the drive for national administrative reform, as well as governmental transparency and accountability. He has been tirelessly working on the advancement of civil liberties making Jordan one of the most progressive countries in the Middle East. He has also been vigorously involved in enacting the necessary legislations that guarantee women a full role in the Kingdom's socio-economic and political life.
King Abdullah II married Queen Rania on June 10th, 1993. The Royal Couple have one son, Prince Hussein, born on June 28th, 1994, and two daughters, Princess Iman, born on September 27th, 1996, and Princess Salma, born on September 26th, 2000. He has four brothers and six sisters.
King Abdullah II holds a number of decorations from various countries. He is a qualified frogman, pilot and a free-fall parachutist. His other interests include automobile racing (he holds a Jordanian National Rally Racing Championship), water sports, scuba diving and collecting ancient weapons and armaments...