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Princess Alia has been influential in helping the Brooke’s work in Jordan over the last few years and continues to play a vital role in supporting our work to ensure that local veterinary care is available for horses and donkeys in Petra.

Her Royal Highness Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan

HRH Princess Alia bint Al Hussein of Jordan is a member of the Jordanian Royal family, and sister to the King of Jordan, Abdullah II bin al-Hussein. She has worked directly with the Brooke since 1988. 

Since that time, the Brooke has seen a significant improvement in the welfare of working equine animals in Petra Park. She continues to play a vital role in supporting our work to ensure local veterinary care is available for horses and donkeys in Petra and good welfare is maintained.

As a young girl, Princess Alia cared for a Shetland pony, developing a bond with animals that has since blossomed into a strong passion for interacting with animals and all nature in a humane and mutually respectful manner. This is strongly reflected in her attitude towards another major aspect of her work, equestrianism.  She is the founder of the Princess Alia Foundation, an organisation established to promote the balance, harmony and respect of all creation. Princess Alia is a vocal and pioneering advocate of animal welfare causes.

As director of the Royal Stables of Jordan for the Preservation of the Arabian Horse, Princess Alia initiated the annual festival of the ‘Arabian Horse at Home’ and organised the Middle East Championships for Purebred Horses. She has been President of The Royal Jordanian Equestrian Federation since 1993.

Brooke Patron, Princess Alia of Jordan

Brooke Patron, Princess Alia of Jordan. © Rik Van Lent

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