15 MAY 2006

The art of bricklaying may not be the first thing you'd associate with Jordan's Queen Rania, but the glamorous mum-of-four has proved she is just as adept at tackling the challenges of building work as she is at dazzling on the red carpet.

Making sure not to stain her elegant white jacket, the 35-year-old carefully laid the foundation stone for her new entrepreneurial centre on Sunday afternoon. King Abdullah's pretty wife, who is well-known for her understanding of economic affairs, is hoping the facility will help boost Jordan's aspiring business leaders.

The Queen Rania Centre For Entrepreneurship will form part of the university set up by her husband's cousin Princess Sumaya. And her fellow royal, who is the daughter of King Hussein's younger brother Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, was also in attendance for the weekend ceremony. "I am so proud to see how the university has initiated this national programme which will serve many talented Jordanians and will assist them in making their dreams come true," she said.

Not everyone was surprised to see the queen getting to grips with bricks and mortar, as it was not the first time she tried her hand at construction work. Just last year the Palestinian-born beauty laid the cornerstone for a new national museum in Amman.

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The Jordanian queen carefully places a stone at Jordan's new Centre For Entrepreneurship. It was not her first experience with bricks and mortar, as she also laid a cornerstone for Jordan's new national museum last yearPhoto: © AFP
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Rania waves to well-wishers after the ceremony. She is hoping the new institution will help support Jordan's aspiring business leadersPhoto: © Getty Images
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