- NAME: Queen Noor of Jordan
- OCCUPATION: Queen
- BIRTH DATE: August 23, 1951 (Age: 62)
- EDUCATION: National Cathedral School, The Chapin School, Concord Academy, Princeton University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Washington, D.C.
- AKA: Lisa N. Halaby
- AKA: Lisa Halaby
- AKA: Queen Noor
- Full Name: Lisa Najeeb Halaby
- AKA: Queen Noor of Jordan
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Queen Noor of Jordan, who was the consort of King Hussein, was trained as an urban planner and works as a philanthropist/world activist.
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King Hussein was stricken with Lymphatic cancer in 1992, and by 1998, was receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. After losing consciousness, Hussein was flown back to Jordan. On February 7, 1999, King Hussein died at the age of 63 in the Royal Suite of the Al Hussein Medical Center. A surprise to all, two weeks before his death he appointed his eldest son, Abdullah, instead of his brother Prince Hassan,
to be his heir to the throne.
Noor handled her husband's death with her characteristic grace and bravery, nobly consoling the distraught nation. However, as a young widowed Queen with few solid ties to her kingdom, she struggled to redefine her position inside the Arab world. Although she has decided to remain in Jordan, she has reduced many of her former engagements with national and world organizations and has scaled back significantly on staff and supplies in the palace.
After the death of King Hussein, Noor founded the King Hussein Foundation and the King Hussein Foundation International (KHFI) in 1999. KHFI includes several organizations that are devoted to carrying on King Hussein's legacy by promoting peace throughout Jordan and the Middle East. As Chair of the organizations, she has invested in launching other programs and awarding recognition to those who have made steps towards creating peace between humanity.
Part of that initiative was the annual Media and Humanity Program, which launched in 2007 and encourages the reconciliation of different cultures, particularly those focused on Muslim or Middle Eastern culture. Noor has also understood the importance of social media in giving women a voice, one of the underrepresented groups that she focuses on. "Twitter and Facebook have been a catalyst for organizing people on the ground, identifying human rights abuses and provide a voice, especially for women, what would not have otherwise been heard," Noor said to The Telegraph. Noor also became president of the United World Colleges program in 1995 and joined the anti-nuclear weapons movement, Global Zero.
Queen Noor's ties to Jordan and its people remain through the four children she had with King Hussein: Prince Hamzah, born in 1980; Prince Hashim, born in 1981; Princess Iman, born in 1983; and Princess Raiyah, born in 1986. In regard to the importance of her title and the trappings of royalty, Noor told The Washington Post, "What is important about me is independent of all that. What is important of everybody in life is independent of all that. And what is important about my husband was also independent of that."
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