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Queen Rania shares touching tributes for son's and husband's birthdays

King Abdullah II and Prince Hashem marked their special days just 24 hours apart

Queen Rania and King Abdullah visit the new premises of the Queen Rania Teacher Academy on January 27, 2019. Courtesy Queen Rania / Facebook
Queen Rania and King Abdullah visit the new premises of the Queen Rania Teacher Academy on January 27, 2019. Courtesy Queen Rania / Facebook

The last week of January is a rather busy one for Queen Rania of Jordan. The royal marks not only the birthday of her husband, King Abdullah II, but also that of her youngest child, Prince Hashem.

In honour of their special days this year, Queen Rania uploaded heart-warming posts for her loved ones, beginning with Jordan's monarch, who turned 57 of January 30.

"Wishing a happy birthday to my King and lifelong partner," the royal captioned a relaxed portrait of King Abdullah II.

The couple, who wed in 1993 and marked their 25th anniversary last year, share four children together: Crown Prince Hussain, Princess Iman, Princess Salma and Prince Hashem.

Their youngest turned 14 on January 31, with his birthday falling just a day after his father's.

To celebrate her son's big day, Queen Rania shared a photo with Prince Hashem, which showed her hugging the smiling teen. "You hold a very special place in my heart," the royal wrote. "Happy birthday, my Prince Hashem!"

Crown Prince Hussein also shared his well wishes for his father and brother in a combined post.

"Happy birthday to His Majesty and my dear brother Hashem," the 24-year-old wrote on Instagram, alongside a portrait of the three.

Queen Rania's tribute to King Abdullah comes just days after the royals inaugurated the Queen Rania Teacher Academy's new premises in Amman.

Following a tour of the campus, which includes 34 classrooms, lecture halls, computer labs and a library, on Sunday, Queen Rania delivered an address that praised her husband, among others.

"When I faltered, you offered a steadying hand and reassured me that getting back up is the only way forward, and that this journey is worth the struggle," Queen Rania said. "You are always generous with your advice when my doubts get the better of me. And, above all else, you reinforce my faith, every day, in the importance of educating our children and supporting their teachers."

Updated: January 31, 2019 11:32 AM

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