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Alia al-Hussein (née Baha Eddin Toukan), Queen of Jordan

(1948-1977), Third wife of King Hussein of Jordan

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Egyptian-born Alia travelled extensively with her parents while her father served in Jordan's diplomatic services. Alia lived in Egypt, Turkey, London, the United States, and Rome. She studied political science and public relations at Hunter College in New York. In 1971, she moved to Jordan, where she worked for Royal Jordanian. Asked by King Hussein bin Talal to oversee the preparations for the first International Water Skiing Festival held in Aqaba in September 1972, Alia married the King in a private ceremony on 24 December 1972. She was a speaker for women's rights and called for women to be granted the right to vote and be elected for parliament.

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