Prince Hamzah turns 33

27-04-2013 10:38 PM

Ammon News - AMMAN (Petra)HRH Prince Hamzah celebrates on Friday, his 33rd birthday.

Born in Amman on March 29, 1980, Prince Hamzah received his elementary education in Amman before completing his secondary studies at Harrow School in England.

He then enrolled at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, passing out as a commissioned officer December 10, 1999 with several prizes including the Sandhurst Overseas Sword, granted to the best overseas cadet and the Prince Saud Abdullah Prize, presented to the cadet with the best aggregate mark in academic subjects.

His Majesty King Abdullah officially named him as Crown Prince on February 7, 1999 until November 28, 2004.

Serving as an officer in the Jordan Armed Forces’ 40th Armoured Brigade, Prince Hamzah attended several military courses and attachments in Jordan, the UK, Poland, Germany and the US.

Currently holding the rank of lieutenant colonel, he served with the Jordan-United Arab Emirates force operating in the former Yugoslavia under the umbrella of international peacekeepers.

The Prince graduated from Harvard University in 2006. He obtained his Masters degree in Defense Studies from King's College – London in July 2011.

He was sworn in as Regent on numerous occasions and deputised for King Abdullah on a number of missions in the Kingdom and abroad. Prince Hamzah headed the Royal Advisory Committee on the Energy Sector and was also the honorary president of the Jordan Basketball Federation.

The recipient of several decorations from Jordan and other countries including Bahrain, Italy and the Netherlands, Prince Hamzah is also the chairman of the board of trustees of the Royal Automobile Museum, the president of the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan and the president of Al Shajarah (Tree) Protection Society.

HRH Prince Hamzah has two daughters, Princess Haya, born on April 18,2007 and Princess Zein, born on 3rd November, 2012. Prince Hamzah married Princess Basmah on January 12, 2012.

He is a qualified rotor and fixed-wing aircraft pilot and enjoys other sports such as free fall diving, target-shooting and horseback riding.

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