Princess Raiyah of Jordan weds Ned Donovan, journalist from the UK!

Coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown had pressed the pause button on marriages worldwide. And now as the lockdown and movement restrictions are easing, weddings are back on the block, The country of Jordan saw its first royal wedding since the coronavirus pandemic has created a havoc in the world. Princess Raiyah of Jordon wed British journalist Ned Donovan this Tuesday 7 July 2020.

Princess Raiyah of Jordan and her royal wedding

It was the first wedding of a royal member in Jordan since the coronavirus broke loose on this planet. Princess Raiyah of Jordon wed her beau British journalist Ned Donovan this Tuesday 7 July 2020. Princess Raiyah’s real name is Raiyah bint Al-Hussein. She made the happy and exciting announcement on her Twitter handle. She also expressed her special thanks to all those people and fans who wished the couple a happy, married life ahead.

Raiyah, Ned, and Queen Noor [Source: People]
Raiyah tweeted:

“Thank you all for your kind messages on our wedding! While it was originally planned for April in Jordan, the pandemic derailed those plans and it was safer for my husband’s family to hold it in the UK. God willing we look forward to celebrating in Jordan once the situation allows,”

Ned is the grandson of children book writer Roald Dahl.

Details of the wedding of the Jordan Princess

The wedding function went well. The bride looked stunning in her white gown which had intricate beading work on it. There was also lace design on it. The bridegroom looked dapper in his black-colored jacket, light blue vest, and pinstripe gray pants.

After the wedding ceremony, the couple and Raiyah’s mother, Queen Noor posed outdoors for some beautiful photos. They were surrounded by lush greenery which only added beauty to everything around. Ned had proposed to Raiyah on 26 October 2019. At that time, the Royal Hashemite Court has congratulated the couple by means of an official statement.

The royal wedding [Source: The Mirror UK]
Princess Raiyah is the youngest daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor. She was born in the USA. She attended Edinburgh University in Scotland  and obtained a Master’s degree in Japanese studies. Additionally, she also holds a a master’s degree in Japanese literature from Columbia University in New York. Raiyah is now attached to UCLA and doing her PhD in pre-modern Japanese literature.

The other royal weddings which coronavirus pandemic  postponed

The wedding of Raiyah is the first royal wedding since the pandemic. There were other royal weddings worldwide which also face a postponement due to the virus. The wedding of Princess Beatrice, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson was to take place on 29 May 2020. But coronavirus poured cold water over her scheduled marriage to her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. On the wedding day which would have been, Sarah made it a point to pen down a sweet note for Beatrice.

Ned and Raiyah [Source: E Online]
She wrote on her Instagram:

“Love you my darling Beatrice. You have given me more joy than I could ever wish for. I am so excited to celebrate yours and Edo’s love when we all are out of lockdown. The most important thing is health and love and today I send it to you and all the other people that were getting married during this time .. so proud of you all.”

Additionally, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark also postponed her marriage to LA-based attorney Matthew Kumar for same reason.

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