Jordan remembers Queen Alia

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Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of Her Majesty Queen Alia, who passed away on February 9, 1977. The late Queen, born in Cairo in December 1948, died in a helicopter crash while returning from an inspection trip to Tafileh Hospital in southern Jordan. Queen Alia, born Alia Baha Uddin Toukan, married King Hussein in 1971. They had two children Their Royal Highnesses Princess Haya and Prince Ali. In 1972, they adopted Abir Moheisen. Active in charity and social work, the late Queen represented Jordanian women at many international conferences, serving as a model for Arab women, supporting Arab women’s causes and their participation in socio-economic development. In memory of Queen Alia, Princess Haya, wife of Sheikh Mohammad Ben Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, set up Tkiyet Um Ali, which provides assistance to underprivileged families