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Seated at a desk inside an Istanbul primary school, the Jordanian royal looks ready for the start of the lesson
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Rania watches intently as a young pupil shows off her drawing skills
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WARM WELCOME FOR RANIA FROM TURKISH PUPILS

24 FEBRUARY 2006

It was back to school for Jordan's Queen Rania this week, when the stylish royal joined youngsters at a primary school during an official visit to Turkey.



And the attractive mum-of-four, who was in Istanbul to promote Jordanian-Turkish collaboration in the field of early childhood development, clearly had a close affinity with the children, looking on intently as a young pupil showed off her drawing skills.

Older children, welcoming the queen to an education volunteers' foundation, seemed equally taken with their royal visitor, who leaned in close to show her appreciation for the bouquet of flowers she received from a pair of denim-clad students.

The promotion of early childhood development is a special interest for Rania, who spearheads numerous women's initiatives in her home country. An outspoken advocate of women's rights, the Jordanian queen is also an avid supporter of microfinance projects and the introduction of information technology into schools.


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