The Queen of Campaigns: How Queen Rania of Jordan uses the internet to break down barriers

Rania, the consort of Jordan’s King Abdullah, is a very modern royal who is using the internet to fight for women’s rights in the Muslim world. Simon Usborne reportsWhen Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, becoming Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, she famously abandoned the silver screen. It was deemed indecorous for a royal consort to continue with such a public career, so when Alfred Hitchcock offered Kelly a role in Marnie the actress was obliged to say no (Hitchcock quipped that he was “very happy that Grace has found herself such a good part”).Queen Rania of Jordan is no Grace Kelly. She has the Hollywood looks but, since becoming consort of King Abdullah II, the Palestinian has held court at Davos, been voted third most beautiful woman in the world by Harpers & Queen, granted a half-hour interview to Oprah Winfrey, appeared alongside Bono on the cover of Vanity Fair, teamed up with John Legend and Scarlett Johansson to front an “end poverty” campaign, and featured in Forbes’ “most powerful women of the world” list.

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