William and Catherine attend Jordanian Royal Wedding with Beatrice and Edo

The Waleses' first foreign royal wedding attendance plus Beatrice in a tiara!

Yesterday saw the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Miss Rajwa Khalid Al-Saif take place at the Zahran Palace in Amman, Jordan.

It was the second Jordanian Royal Wedding this year, with Hussein’s sister having married a few months ago. But as Hussein is the future King, this wedding featured many more overseas royal guests and political figures.

The Prince and Princess of Wales represented the UK at the wedding and were joined by Princess Beatrice, who is a close friend of the Crown Prince, and her husband, Edoardo.

While most royal guests from other countries had confirmed their attendance in advance, William and Catherine’s attendance was only announced a few hours before the wedding due to security.

The announcement had to be made after the couple were seen arriving at in Amman, with videos surfacing online. Princess Beatrice’s and Edoardo’s attendance was never announced publicly as they attended in a private capacity.

It was fitting that The Prince and Princess of Wales would choose the Jordanian wedding as their first overseas royal event with their new titles, as both have close connections to Jordan: Catherine lived in Jordan for a few years as a child, from May 1984 to September 1986, when her father was stationed there with British Airways.

In 2018, the Duke of Cambridge made a solo visit to the country where he posed for a photo at Jerash, on the same spot that a family photo of Catherine, with her father Michael and sister Pippa, was taken. During the visit, he was escorted by the Crown Prince. It is understood that the two heirs became close during the visit, with photos of them watching the World Cup together released to the public.

The two Royal Families are also close and The Crown Prince’s mother, Queen Rania, is a member of William’s Earthshot Prize council. She has also praised Catherine and the work she has done since becoming a Royal, having known her since 2011 and met at various events like the Diamond Jubilee. In December 2021, it was revealed that William and Catherine had taken their children to Jordan for a family holiday, when they used a photo from their visit as their Christmas card.

The Princess wore a custom dress by Middle Eastern designer Elie Saab, which is from 2017, leading many online to speculate if she had worn it for the wedding reception of her sister, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, or Princess Eugenie.

Upon arrival at the Palace, they greeted The King and Queen and spoke with them for a bit before going to take their seats for the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the Royals departed to their hotels to get ready for the banquet later in the night, while the newly-married couple rode through the streets of Amman in an open Range Rover. It was one of the vehicles customised to have a detachable roof for Elizabeth II’s visit to the country in 1984.

The motorcade travelled from Zahran Palace to Al Husseiniya Palace, where a reception was hosted by The King and Queen and was also attended by The Princess of Wales’ mother Carole, sister Pippa and brother-in-law James.

The reception concluded with the newlyweds cutting the cake.

A few hours later, The King and Queen hosted the third event of the evening which was attended by the Waleses and Princess Beatrice.

For the white tie wedding banquet at the Al Husseiniya Palace, which happened to be only her second tiara event, Princess Beatrice wore her mother’s York Tiara. The Princess of Wales wore the Cambridge Lovers’ Knot tiara, a favourite of hers, and a gown by Jenny Packham.

This event was the second time in a month that a large group of foreign Royals had come together, with most also attending the Coronation celebrations in London in early May.

Prince William also debuted his coronation medal for the banquet.

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