Princess Raiyah of Jordan gets married in first royal wedding since coronavirus pandemic

Princess Raiyah tied the knot on Tuesday to British journalist Ned Donovan, in the thing that was the first royal wedding held since the coronavirus pandemic broke out earlier this season.

The royal, whose full name is Raiyah bint Al-Hussein, announced the exciting news on Twitter with thanks to the numerous people who wished the couple well on the celebratory day. Donovan can also be the grandson of youngsters’ author Roald Dahl.

“Thank you all for your kind messages on our wedding!While it was originally planned for April in Jordan, the pandemic derailed those plans and it was safer for my husband’s family to hold it in the UK. God willing we look forward to celebrating in Jordan once the situation allows,” she wrote on social media.

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Princess Raiyah’s mother, Queen Noor, attended the nuptials.
(Arabian Royal Agency)

The bride wore a beautiful white gown with intricate beading and lace details while Donovan chosen a black jacket, light blue vest and pinstripe gray pants. The couple, along with Raiyah’s mother, Queen Noor, posed for photos outdoors surrounded by lush greenery.

According to People, the couple got engaged on Oct. 26, 2019. At the time, the Royal Hashemite Court released a statement extending its “sincere congratulations” to the princess and Donovan.

Raiyah is the youngest daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor, who was simply reportedly born in the United States. According to the magazine, she holds a master’s degree in Japanese studies from Edinburgh University in Scotland and a master’s degree in Japanese literature from Columbia University in New York.

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She is also currently working toward a Ph.D. in pre-modern Japanese literature at UCLA.

Princess Raiyah with her husband, Ned Donovan.

Princess Raiyah with her husband, Ned Donovan.
(Arabian Royal Agency)

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, was set to wed fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29 but postponed the nuptials as a result of novel coronavirus.

Ferguson penned a sweet note to Beatrice on what could have been her wedding day.

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“Love you my darling Beatrice,” Ferguson wrote on Instagram. “You have given me more joy than I could ever wish for. I am so excited to celebrate yours and Edo’s love when we all are out of lockdown. The most important thing is health and love and today I send it to you and all the other people that were getting married during this time .. so proud of you all.”

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark also placed her ceremony with Los Angeles-based attorney Matthew Kumar on hold amid the global health crisis, according to multiple reports.