Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
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1962 – Abdullah was born in Amman to King Hussein and Princess Muna al-Hussein on January 30, 1962.
1970 – As a young man, the king attended the Islamic Educational College in the Jordanian capital for his primary education, later attending St. Edmund’s School (Hindhead) in Surrey, England. Abdullah subsequently attended Eaglebrook School and Deerfield Academy in the United States for his secondary education. After leaving Deerfield he attended Pembroke College, Oxford.
1980 – He entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the UK as a cadet. He joined the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own) upon commission as a Second Lieutenant the following year. King Abdullah retains close links with the British Army and is the Colonel-in-Chief of The Light Dragoons, a tank regiment and the successor to the 13th/18th Royal Hussars.
1987 – He attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, where he completed an advanced studies and research program as a mid-career fellow in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program. He graduated from the Georgetown Leadership Seminar in that same year. His course work was quite similar to that of the formal MSFS degree, although he does not hold one.
1999 – Abdullah became king on February 7, 1999, upon the death of his father King Hussein. Hussein had recently named him Crown Prince on January 24, replacing Hussein’s brother Hassan who had served many years in the position. The decision was not universally popular because Abdullah’s mother, Antoinette Avril Gardiner (commonly referred to as Toni Avril Gardiner), was British by birth. Controversially, he is the only Jordanian monarch of mixed Arabic/British ancestry. Jordan’s economy has improved under King Abdullah II, and he has been credited with increasing foreign investment, attending meetings between public and private sectors, and providing the foundation for Aqaba’s free trade zone.
2004 – On November 28, 2004, Abdullah removed the title of Crown Prince from his half-brother, Hamzah, (whom he had appointed on February 7, 1999, in accordance with their late father’s wishes). o successor to the title was named, but some analysts believe it probable that Abdullah intends to name his own son, Prince Hussein, to succeed him at some point in the future.