in Jordan’s armed forces.He is the half-brother of the current King#0# Abdullah II, and for a short time had been Crown Prince before being replaced by his nephew in 2004.The couple met while 33-year-old Hasan was working as the chief pilot at the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan last year.She had blazed a trail in the skies over the Arab world by becoming the first certified aerobatic pilot and a certified glider pilot in the country.
The prince, 32, was a fixed-wing pilot trained at Britain’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.says sister Yasmen Hasan of Ottawa, the family’s spokesperson.You can just see it.When you’re in the room with them it’s electric.She happened to fall in love with a man who’s a prince, but it’s the man she’s with, that’s who she’s dedicated her life to, and him to her, and he just happened to have that title and come from that family.Hasan had moved to Jordan in 2004, leaving her mathematics studies at the University of Western Ontario to pursue a dream of becoming a pilot.Her parents Mike and Halloul were from affluent Jordanian families, their four children were born in Canada.Sister Yasmen, who lives in Ottawa, says Basmah always had the spirit of adventure.In high school, she started cycling and going different places like Panama and doing tours, and she used to go to Grand Bend (Ont.She’s a totally adventurous person, but she’s the most humble, graceful, gracious, intelligent person you’re ever going to meet.She fits perfectly with the (royal) family, she really does.Basmah Hasan kept adding up her pilot credentials, learning how to do aerial manoeuvres, how to fly engineless soaring aircraft, how to fly commercial and jump planes and how to ferry planes to other countries.She is also a certified flight instructor who has taken other women under her wing.
In a 2011 interview with Australia’s Aviator magazine, Hasan spoke candidly about her love of flight.It has been compared to driving a racing car in three dimensions.It pushes skills to the ultimate, and completely changes your perceptions of time.The Hasan family was thrown into another dimension as they received notice late last year that Basmah was to become a royal.as she and her family stood alongside King Abdullah II, his wife Queen Rania, and Queen Noor for the nuptials.The small ceremony took place at Hasan’s grandfather’s home in Amman, the same place where their parents had been married in 1976.The new Princess Basmah al Hussein wore a blush, beaded and embroidered dress picked out for her by elegant new mother-in-law Queen Noor.Yasmen Hasan says while the experience was unusual, the fact her sister was marrying a Jordanian and making her life there was not.Father Mike was a restaurant owner and businessman around southern Ontario, but her parents made it a point to keep strong ties to their homeland.We’ve always been in love with that country, as much as we love being Canadian first.For her to blend the two cultures and upbringing and experience together was pretty remarkable.What’s next for the high-flying princess is not clear.The Jordanian royal family jealously guards its privacy, and even her sister knows few details about Basmah’s immediate plans.
She’s just very happy, and she’s started her life with him a few months ago and that’s it, that’s all I know.She’s happy to be in Jordan.It’s been her home for the last seven years and she’s happy it’s now part of her life permanently.King Abdullah has been under pressure to introduce democratic reforms, Jordan’s constitutional monarchy not immune to the Arab Spring that swept the region.Protests have gone on in Jordan for the past year-and-a-half, aimed at loosening the royal family’s grip on government.Last week, Jordan’s Parliament passed a law to encourage a true multi-party system in the country, rather than one that favoured the King’s political allies.Parliamentary elections are scheduled for later this year.Kingi CarpenterFabric and fashion designer, Peach Berserk, and daughter Digby, age 12There is a dress that, I don’t know my daughter’s opinion on it, but a dress that I would definitely give her.a black slip dress with pink felt on it that I wore a million times, so it’s kind of ragged but in a cute way.And I used to wear it with her all the time I just think it’s a good memory of what a crazy mom she has.Because I want to leave her with the right opinion of me in my old age.So it’s cute, and I think it’s perfect because not only did I wear it all the time and wore it to a ton of fun things, and with her, but I also made it.
So it really describes me well and it’s a good way for her to remember her old mother as I get older.I actually had a dress I made her that sort of matches, from when she was totally little.I kept a lot of her little dresses.RelatedA clutch of purses, perfect for momVictoria KirkSenior public relations manager, Gap CanadaI think of her style more than a particular item.For example, she likes colour all the time to match her vibrant personality, but growing up I remember structured jackets, pencil skirts, tie neck blouses and shift dresses as she trotted off to the office looking super-chic.She is short, so super high heels were and are still the norm.I would always stare into her closet at the enormity of her shoe and bag collection.And jewellery, great jewellery.I am still trying to get my hands on a very ’70s heart-shaped champagne-coloured topaz that dangles from a long, thin gold-link chain.as opposed to just ’70s.It was actually framed in gold and multi-faceted.I love her pictures from the ’70s and ’80s, too, with high-waisted pants and asymmetrical tops.suit that she wore as she departed her Victoria wedding reception in December 1965, a lovely Chanel-style suite in soft heathery pink/green boucle.She was 19 years old and tiny.Of course, it doesn’t fit me, but I am somehow averse to altering it.and fearless, elegant and gentle, but with such great style, spirit and joie de vivre.Laura de CarufelExecutive editor, ELLE.