Antoinette Avril Al Hashimi (Gardiner) MP

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Nicknames: "Toni"
Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Chelmondiston Suffolk England
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About Antoinette Avril Al Hashimi (Gardiner)

Princess Muna al-Hussein (born Antoinette Avril Gardiner; 25 April 1941) is the mother of King Abdullah II of Jordan. Until their divorce on 21 December 1971, she was the second wife of Hussein, the late King of Jordan. She is British by birth, but was renamed Muna al-Hussein at the time of the marriage for the sake of Jordanian culture.

Gardiner attended Bourne School in Kuala Lumpur, which was administered by the British Families Education Service for the children of British service personnel stationed overseas. The school closed when British forces withdrew from Malaya.

Gardiner met the King of Jordan while working as a secretarial assistant on the film set of Lawrence of Arabia. The King had allowed troops to work as extras on this film and would occasionally visit to monitor the production's progress.

Toni Gardiner married King Hussein in Amman, Jordan, on 25 May 1961. She converted to Islam and was renamed Muna al-Hussein upon marriage, and was given the title Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein on the birth of her first son on 30 January 1962. Together they had four children:

Abdullah (born 1962; now King Abdullah II of Jordan) who has two sons, Hussein and Hashem, and two daughters, Iman and Salma.

Faisal (born 1963), who has a son, Omar, and three daughters: Ayah, Aisha and Sara.

Aisha (born 1968, twin of Princess Zein), who has a son, Aoun, and a daughter, Muna.

Zein (born 1968, twin of Princess Aisha), who has a son, Jaafar, and a daughter, Jumana.

They were divorced on 21 December 1971. After her divorce she was allowed to keep the style of Royal Highness and the title of Princess of Jordan. She continues to work and live in Jordan.

She is deeply involved in issues connected to the development of nursing in Jordan, founding the Princess Muna Scholarship Fund for Nursing.

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Princess Muna of Jordan's Timeline

1941
April 25, 1941
Chelmondiston Suffolk England
1961
May 25, 1961
Age 20
Jordan
1962
January 30, 1962
Age 20
Amman, 'Amman, Jordan
1971
December 21, 1971
Age 30
Jordan