New photos released to celebrate Queen Rania of Jordan's 46th birthday

Queen Rania of Jordan turns 46 on Wednesday, and to celebrate the palace has released a series of photos from important events the monarch has been involved in over the past year.

It has been another remarkable year for the Queen, who has carried out some 160 local engagements and field visits across orphanages, schools and elderly homes. She has been supported by her family on many occasions, including her daughter Princess Iman, who learned the royal ropes from her mother at a dinner they hosted with a group of young orphans in June.


Queen Rania of Jordan turns 46 on Wednesday

Queen Rania is passionate about building cross-cultural bridges and her work as an advocate for peace between East and West has seen her receive a number of awards over the past 12 months.

As well as accepting the Walther Rathenau Prize from Chancellor Angela Merkel in recognition of her efforts, Rania was also presented with the World Childhood Award from Queen Sylvia of Sweden for her ongoing commitment to supporting and providing education to the world's most vulnerable children.

It has been a remarkable year for the mother-of-four

Rania's own children have also reached milestones of their own; the Queen's eldest son Prince Hussein graduated from university in May, a moment she described as a "very special day". Meanwhile Princess Iman, Abdullah II and Rania's second eldest child will turn 20 in September, and as such has been joining her mother for more royal engagements alongside her studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

While it is expected the Jordanian queen will mark her special day privately, she will be straight back to work in launching her own brand of local innovation in the upcoming Design Week Amman, which starts on Thursday. The event acts as a platform for the exchange of local and global designs, and will provide an opportunity for networking amongst design communities in the region.