4 OCTOBER 2005

Click here to send this news item to a friend While Hans Christian Anderson stories often feature fairytale princesses, some children in Amman enjoyed listening to a real-life queen recount his tales this week.

Queen Rania of Jordan looked right at home reading to a group of curious children in her role as her country's honorary Hans Christian Andersen ambassador. The mum-of-four was named to the post in recognition of her dedication in promoting literacy, quality education and cross-cultural dialogue.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Danish fairytale author Hans, who penned several hundred classic children's stories including The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling.

Other famous ambassadors include Danish model Helena Christensen, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, American actress Susan Sarandon, and Australian representatives Crown Princess Mary and Geoffrey Rush.

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Queen Rania gets set to spend time with some of her smallest fans on Monday, as she immersed herself in a brand new literary rolePhoto: © Rex
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The Jordanian royal read to Amman children in her role as the country's honorary Hans Christian Anderson ambassadorPhoto: © Rex
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