The First Royal Wedding Since the Coronavirus Pandemic Just Casually Happened

Lawrence Kim
July 8, 2020

Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. The princess, who is the half-sister of the current King Abdullah II of Jordan, looked handsome in a high-neck embroidered wedding dress, accessorising with a bejewelled headpiece. The 34-year-old royal married Ned Donovan, who is a British journalist and the grandson of beloved children's author Roald Dahl and Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal.

The royal, whose full name is Raiyah bint Al-Hussein, announced the exciting news on Twitter with thanks to the many people who wished the couple well on their celebratory day.

Queen Noor attended the ceremony, Jordan's ambassador to the UK, Omar Nahar, was also there, as were members of the Donovan family. "God willing we look forward to celebrating in Jordan once the situation allows", she wrote on social media.

Raiyah wore a lovely long-sleeved white lace gown, which, naturally, she paired with a bejeweled tiara.

A Jordanian princess has married her British fiancé in what's believed to be the first royal wedding to take place during the coronavirus pandemic. The couple, along with Raiyah's mother, Queen Noor, posed for photos outdoors surrounded by lush greenery. Oh, and according to People, her mom Queen Noor was in attendance at the wedding, it's casual!

Guests sat at a distance from each other while the couple were formally married in order to adhere to social-distancing advice. Arabia Royal Agency
Guests sat at a distance from each other while the couple were formally married in order to adhere to social-distancing advice. Arabian Royal Agency

Princess Raiyah studied at Edinburgh University in Scotland, where she earned an undergraduate master's degree in Japanese studies.

The couple got engaged on October 26, 2019, and a royal statement at the time read: "The Royal Hashemite Court extends its honest congratulations to Her Royal Highness Princess Raiyah and to Mr Donovan on this occasion".

"The Royal Hashemite Court extends its honest congratulations to Her Royal Highness Princess Raiyah and to Mr Donovan on this occasion", the royal family statement read at the time.

Princess Raiyah studied for her undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh and holds a master's degree in Japanese literature from Columbia University in NY.

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