We all know plenty about Britain’s royals, with the likes of Kate Middleton and soon-to-be-royal Meghan Markle in the headlines daily.
However, there are a number of under-the-radar royals around the world who have considerable influence on the world stage – and on social media.
47-year-old Queen Rania of Jordan, born Rania Al-Abdullah, is known partly for her incredible fashion sense to her four-million strong Instagram following.
She comes from a marketing background, having worked for companies like Citibank and Apple.
However, since becoming Queen in March 1999, she has also been at the forefront of human rights issues – education, in particular – and she once told TechCrunch uses her influence to “empower people and make them believe that they can be role models and leaders for change.”
Scroll down for a look at the the incredible life of Jordan’s Instagram-famous Queen Rania, an ex-Apple employee, human rights activist, and global style icon.
This is 47-year-old Queen Rania of Jordan, born Rania Al-Abdullah in Kuwait on August 31, 1970.
خلال فعالية حراس الأهداف 2017 والتي تهدف إلى حث قادة العالم على تركيز الجهود من أجل تحقيق أهداف التنمية المستدامة #الأردن #حب_الأردن #امريكا #نيويورك Glad for the opportunity to contribute to the 2017 Goalkeepers meeting, which helps keep world leaders focused on working towards UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the advancement of our world #Goalkeepers17 #Jordan #LoveJO #USA #NewYork
Her full title is Her Majesty The Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
After attending primary and secondary school in Kuwait, Rania earned a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo, then went into marketing. First she worked at Citibank before landing a job at Apple in Amman, Jordan.
It was there that she met her now husband, King Abdullah II of Jordan, at a dinner party in 1993. They got engaged only two months later, and were married in June that year.
The “lavish” wedding saw the soon-to-be Queen in a gold-trimmed, short-sleeved Elie Saab gown.
Source: Hello! Magazine
In February 1999, Abdullah ascended the throne, and proclaimed Rania as Queen in March. Now, she travels the world representing Jordan — but she certainly doesn’t stand in her husband’s shadow.
The couple now have two daughters — 21-year-old Princess Iman and 17-year-old Princess Salma — and two sons — 23-year-old Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II and 12-year-old Prince Hasheem.
However, Rania appears to have made the biggest impact on the global stage. She shares images of her life on her Instagram profile — with its 4 million followers — which could easily be confused for the profile of a fashion blogger on occasion.
She calls herself “A mum and a wife with a really cool day job,” but the stylish royal also uses her social media profiles — including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, on which she has 9.65 million followers — to speak about the causes she deeply cares about.
العديد من الأفكار والحلول المبدعة والعملية توصل إليها المشاركون في مسابقة –سولف- يوم أمس والتي أطلقتها جامعة MIT من أجل تمكين الشباب وتزويدهم بالمهارات اللازمة من أجل النجاح #الأردن #حب_الأردن #امريكا #نيويورك At the MIT Solve Challenge Finals yesterday in New York, which identified innovative, scalable solutions to help young people adapt to an evolving world #SolveFinals #Jordan #LoveJO #USA #NewYork
She is an advocate for education, both within Jordan and around the globe.
She has launched and chaired a number of programs for both children and higher education.
لحظة رائعة مع الفوج الأول من طلبة دبلوم إعداد وتأهيل المعلمين قبل الخدمة في أكاديمية الملكة رانيا لتدريب المعلمين بالأمس #معلم #تدريب #الأردن #حب_الأردن A wonderful moment with the first wave of students in the Queen Rania Teacher Academy’s pre-service professional diploma program yesterday! #Teacher #Training #Jordan #LoveJO
In 2000, she was invited to join the United Nations Children’s Fund’s global leadership initiative.
On being active on Twitter, she told TechCrunch in 2009: ‘I want to tell people more about Jordan, about my life and work, but also to campaign for quality, global education.’ Here, she visits Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong Camp in Bangladesh.
She also campaigns for cross-cultural dialogue, and joined the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors in 2006.
“It’s not about me being a role model, but about empowering people and making them believe that they can be role models and leaders for change,” she told TechCrunch.
As part of her work, she was met with countless world leaders, including David Cameron at Downing Street in January 2016…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and First Lady Mrs. Emine Erdoğan during a trip to Ankara…
برفقة جلالة الملك خلال رحلة عمل قصيرة إلى أنقرة. شكرا جزيلا للرئيس التركي رجب طيب أردوغان والسيدة الأولى أمينة أردوغان على كرم الضيافة #الأردن #حب_الأردن #تركيا #انقرة Grateful for the wonderful hospitality of Turkish President Erdogan and First Lady Mrs. Emine Erdogan during a short working trip to Ankara with His Majesty #Jordan #LoveJO #Turkey #Ankara
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau…
سعدت بالمشاركة من جديد في فعالية جائزة المواطن العالمي التي أقيمت يوم أمس، وهذه المرة لتسليم الجائزة لرئيس الوزراء الكندي جاستن ترودو تقديراً لجهوده الإنسانية في التعامل مع تحديات أزمة اللاجئين #الأردن #حب_الأردن #امريكا #نيويورك Delighted to return to the Global Citizen Awards to present an award to Prime Minister @justinpjtrudeau, who has responded to the global refugee crisis with moral authority and compassion #ACAwards #Jordan #LoveJO #USA #NewYork
German Chancellor Angela Merkel…
Queen Letizia of Spain, with whom she shares a striking resemblance…
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in 2013…
Melania Trump, during a White House visit in April 2017…
…where she and her husband of course also met Donald…
سيدة أولى مميزة نتطلع لما ستقدمه في المرحلة القادمة من الهام لأجل تعليم الفتيات #أمريكا #الأردن #حب_الأردن Exceptional First Lady- looking forward to the next chapter in your life and the inspiration you will bring to girls' education. Watch out world- you haven't seen the best of this woman yet! #USA #Jordan #LoveJO #ThrowbackThursday #TBT
And even Hillary Clinton in 2003.
Still, at times she seems more like a Hollywood celebrity than a queen.
تحلاية سريعة من منتجات محلية قدمتها لنا مجموعة من السيدات الأردنيات المشاركات في أسبوع عمان للتصميم- من زيارتي الأمس #أسبوع_عمان_للتصميم #الأردن #عمان #حب_الأردن A delicious walnut honey wrap made by Jordanian women participating in Amman Design Week- From my visit yesterday #ADW2016 #Jordan #Amman #LoveJO
She certainly seems to travel like one.
سعدت اليوم لتناول وجبة الإفطار في أكاديمية الملكة رانيا لتدريب المعلمين مع المشاركين في دبلوم إعداد وتأهيل المعلمين قبل الخدمة وبرنامج الدبلوم المهني للقيادة التعليمية المتقدمة #رمضان #تعليم #الأردن #حب_الأردن Happy to join participants from the Teacher Education Professional Diploma and the Advanced Instructional Leadership Professional Diploma programs for Iftar at the Queen Rania Teacher Academy! #Ramadan #Education #Jordan #LoveJO
Here she is looking pretty fabulous on a helipad in Dubai.
She has graced magazine covers, and received awards for both her humanitarian work and her influence.
أنا فخورة جدا بالطريقة التي استجاب بها الأردنيون تجاه أزمة اللاجئين، ولكن في نفس الوقت يؤلمني أن أرى المعاناة الكبيرة التي يمر بها الأردن بسبب ضعف اهتمام العالم بهذه الأزمة. من مقابلتي مع مجلة صنداي تايمز #لاجئين #الأردن #حب_الأردن I am really proud of the Jordanian response to the refugee crisis, but it pains me to see how high a price Jordanians have had to pay for the world’s complacency. From my interview with @TheSTMagazine #Refugees #Jordan #LoveJO
Highlights include the Foreign Press Association’s Humanitarian Award in 2016, Glamour’s 2010 Woman of the Year, and appearing on Forbes’ ranking on the world’s 100 most powerful women in 2011.
She’s spent time with plenty of celebrities, like Jennifer Lopez.
If that’s not enough, she’s somehow found the time to write four children’s books — one of which, ‘The Sandwich Swap,’ was a New York Times’ bestseller.
Source: Hello! Magazine
Somehow, she seems pretty down to earth. In one Instagram post, she wrote: “Movies and popcorn, my two favourite things about the weekend.”
She appears to be quite active, and is reportedly into waterskiing, running, and cycling.
She also somehow finds some downtime…
بعض من الأعمال الحرفية الجميلة التي تنتجها مؤسسة نهر الأردن بالشراكة مع ايكيا والتي نجحت بتوفير فرص عمل للعديد من السيدات في الأردن #الأردن #حب_الأردن Enjoying some of the beautiful pillows made by the Jordan River Foundation in collaboration with IKEA – a partnership that has created jobs for many women in Jordan #Jordan #LoveJO #ThrowBackThursday #TBT
…and is around to offer beauty tips and tricks to her daughters.
Despite her own success, she’s also very supportive of her royal husband.
خلال الاستماع لخطاب العرش السامي الذي ألقاه سيدنا اليوم في افتتاح أعمال الدورة العادية الثانية لمجلس الأمة الثامن عشر #خطاب_العرش #الأردن #حب_الأردن Listening to His Majesty’s Speech from the Throne earlier today at the inauguration of the second ordinary term of the 18th Jordanian Parliament #SpeechFromTheThrone #SFTT17 #Jordan #LoveJO
This photo shows Rania at King Abdullah’s Speech from the Throne event before the Jordanian Parliament.