On February 7, 1999, King Hussein of Jordan died after 46 years of reign, at just 63 years old. Twenty-five years later, his grandson, Crown Prince Hussein, revealed a letter that his grandfather had sent to his heir a few days after his disappearance. In this sort of moral testament, King Hussein transmitted the values of the Hashemite royal family to his successor, the current King Abdullah II.
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On January 24, 1999, Prince Abdullah, eldest son of King Hussein of Jordan, was named crown prince by his father, replacing Prince Hassan, brother of King Hussein, who had held the position of heir since 1965. End of month of January, Abdallah was therefore designated to succeed his father. Less than two weeks later, King Hussein died at age 63. This February 7, 2024, King Abdullah II celebrates his 25 years on the throne. His silver jubilee will be celebrated in June, the 25th anniversary of his induction ceremony.
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“I knew in you – and you are my son who grew up in my hands – the love of the homeland and of belonging to it.” So begins the letter sent in 1999 by King Hussein of Jordan to his son, Crown Prince Abdullah. This letter is the symbolic witness that King Hussein gave to his heir, a few days before his death. The letter is signed on January 27 and King Hussein died on January 7.
This letter was made public on February 7, 2024 by Crown Prince Hussein. The 29-year-old young man is the heir of King Abdullah II and bears his grandfather’s first name. The crown prince chose the day of his father’s 25th reign to share the contents of this family letter. In his message, King Hussein emphasizes “dedication to sincere and hard work” of his son, as well as his “sacrifice” but also its ” determination “ to follow the values of the Hashemite royal family. Among these values, King Hussein mentions tolerance and generosity which are based “on the fear of God first, love for people and humility towards them, and the desire to serve them, and justice and equality among them.”
King Hussein does not forget that “respect for elders and mercy for young people” are other values defended by the royal family. King Hussein also reminds his son of the need to forgive those who do wrong, while knowing how to demonstrate “firmness of opinion when it comes to making a decision”, while continuing “to place the interest of the homeland and the nation above all interests and considerations”.