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King Hussein Photo Album

His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal (1935-1999), the father of modern Jordan, will always be remembered as a leader who guided his country through strife and turmoil to become an oasis of peace, stability and moderation in the Middle East. Among Jordanians, his memory is cherished as the inspiration for Jordan's climate of openness, tolerance and compassion. Known to his people as Al-Malek Al-Insan ("The Humane King"), King Hussein established a legacy which promises to guide Jordan for many years to come.

At the time of King Hussein's passing on February 7, 1999, His Majesty was the longest serving executive head of state in the World. Of great significance to Muslims throughout the World, the late King Hussein was also the 42nd generation direct descendant of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).

Over the course of his life, His Majesty King Hussein was an avid sportsman. He was an accomplished aviator, motorcyclist and race-car driver who also enjoyed water sports, skiing and tennis. He was well-known to ham radio operators throughout the World as the friendly voice of "JY1". In his final years, King Hussein enjoyed surfing the WWW and developed a strong appreciation for the power of the Internet as a force for progress and understanding.

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Immediately after setting foot on Jordanian soil, His Majesty faces Mecca and thanks Allah for returnKing Hussein's smile radiates warmth and happiness as he and Queen Noor step off planeQueen Noor, as its president, welcomes King Hussein to the opening of Jerash FestivalKing Hussein presents his eldest son Abdullah (currently King of Jordan), with his parachutist's wings
King Hussein and Queen Noor Royal FamilyKing Hussein wearing the famous KoufiyyahKing Hussein among his soldiersKing Hussein takes a break during a match
King Hussein comforts son of a soldier killed in actionKing Hussein takes a break during exercisesKing Hussein piloting his private planeKing Hussein reviews his troops
King Hussein in his radio roomKing Hussein is welcomed by Thai childrenKing Hussein with Queen NoorKing Hussein at the Great Wall of China

Original Photos by Zohrab Markarian

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