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Barney Davis

Prince and Princess of Wales arrive in Jordan ahead of royal wedding

The Prince and Princess of Wales have been spotted in Jordan ahead of the royal wedding being held on Thursday.

The attendance of William and Kate had been kept under wraps, and was only confirmed by Jordanian state media a few hours before the start of the nuptials of Crown Prince Hussein, 28, and architect Rajwa Alseif, 29.

The pair were spotted at a luxury hotel in Amman with Kate, wearing a smart Alexander McQueen suit, flashing a grin to shocked hotel guests.

The ceremony will take place later on Thursday at the Zahran Palace, the same venue chosen by the Crown Prince’s father, King Abdullah II, and his grandfather, the late King Hussein.

The wedding comes after a difficult period for Jordan’s monarchy, including a public rift between the king and his half-brother, with some commentators interpreting the national celebrations as a way of shoring up public support at a time of persistent economic difficulties.

Designed to convey a sense of continuity, the event is expected to include features from previous royal weddings, including a motorcade of red Land Rovers escorting the newlywed couple through the streets of Amman after the ceremony.

US First Lady Jill Biden and several members of royal families from around the world have said they will attend, among them the King and Queen of the Netherlands.

Celebrations began last week with a henna party for Miss Alseif, hosted by Jordan’s Queen Rania and attended by several hundred women.

The bride has a degree in architecture and has lived and worked in Los Angeles. Her father is a founder of one of Saudi Arabia’s largest engineering firms and her mother is a relative of Saudi King Salman.

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