On the subject of marking her milestone 40th birthday, Queen Rania of Jordan admits that she hasn't given it too much thought. "I haven’t gotten my head around it – I still feel like I’m a kid inside," she admits.
Indeed, she told US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey: “Popular culture has us believe that time is the enemy, and that it takes away from us, that it diminishes us,” she told Oprah. “I’ve found that it’s done the opposite to me. Life is in perfect balance. It’s just that our perception of it isn’t.
“With time I’ve found that I have more confidence; I’m more sure-footed and I don’t fret over the small things. I really want to debunk the whole culture of ‘ageing is bad’. Instead of trying to fight it, I want to work harder on accepting it and enjoying it because there’s so much to gain.”
Here, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from the elegant Queen's life, as hellomagazine.com wishes Her Majesty a very happy birthday.
A life in images as the inspirational monarch marks her landmark birthday