Dignitaries with and without titles converged on Jordan from around the world for Thursday's celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, half brother of Jordan's King Abdullah II.
More than 2-thousand guests were invited to a state reception complete with a triple-decker cake marking the 24-year-old Hamzah's wedding to his second cousin, Princess Noor, 22.
The guest list for the reception in the Rose Garden at Amman's Zahran Palace included Spanish royal newlyweds Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, who wed on Saturday and plan to spend part of their honeymoon in Jordan; Britain's Prince Andrew; Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak; and Farah Diba, the widow of Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was toppled in the Islamic revolution of 1979.
Hamzah and Noor married in a private ceremony last August, King Abdullah announced then that he would host state celebrations for his heir's marriage in May.
There was no explanation for the nine-month delay.
Abdullah named Hamzah crown prince hours after their father died of cancer on February 7, 1999.
Hussein, who had 11 children from four marriages, had often described Hamzah in public as the "delight of my eye."
Hamzah, who resembles his father in looks, bearing and husky voice, is Hussein's son from his fourth marriage to New York-born Lisa Halaby, who took the name Queen Noor when she converted to Islam upon her marriage to Hussein in 1978.
Abdullah is Hussein's eldest son. His mother is Englishwoman Antoinette Gardiner, who became known as Princess Muna, the late king's second wife.
As crown prince, Hamzah's duties include representing the king at events at home and abroad. He also oversees several national institutions, including a prominent think tank.
Hamzah's bride, Princess Noor, is the youngest daughter of Prince Asem, a cousin of the late Hussein. Asem's father, Prince Nayef, lived in exile in Spain for allegedly trying to snatch kingship from his half brother, Talal, Hussein's father.
Like Abdullah and Hussein, Hamzah attended Britain's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He now holds the rank of captain in the Jordanian army.
He served with a joint Jordanian-United Arab Emirates' force in the former Yugoslavia under the umbrella of UN peacekeepers before he enrolled for his undergraduate studies in political science at a US university.
His bride is at the same university, which palace officials refused to name for security reasons.
Another of Abdullah's half brothers, Prince Ali, announced his engagement earlier this year to CNN reporter Rym Brahimi, the daughter of the UN envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi. They are to be married Sept. 7.