Another connection between the Royals in Jordan and Britain

Last year, I wrote about how Jordan’s King has an English mother. Now, we see a somewhat similar reversal — the newest member of the British Royal Family, and the likely future queen, spent two-and-a-half years as a young child in Jordan.

In May 1984, Mr Middleton was offered a posting to Amman, the capital of Jordan. Kate was two years old and Mrs Middleton was on extended maternity leave with eight-month-old Pippa.

“They lived in a two-storey rented villa, close to a park and the nursery where Kate went. I remember she was a very beautiful little girl.”

While Mrs Middleton looked after Pippa at home, Kate was enrolled in Assahera nursery, one of the most expensive nurseries in the area with an annual fee of about US$1,000 at the time.

From Sunday to Thursday, the nursery day began at 8am and ended at 12.30pm, recalled the founder of the now-closed nursery, Sahera al Nabulsi, 67, in Amman.

Kate was in a class of 12 children and the nursery as a whole looked after close to 100 children between 3 and 5 years of age. As well as British nationals, Jordanians, Japanese, Indian, Indonesian and American children were enrolled in the nursery. In the morning, the children were brought together and taught in both Arabic and English, before separating into different classes.

“The morning routine was to have all the children sitting in a circle where they would all sing, Incy Wincy Spider, both in English and Arabic,” Mrs Nabulsi said.

The singing was then followed with a short verse from the Quran.

I recently had a discussion with a Coming Anarchy reader as to whether or not America was an “international” country or not. My view has long been that America is international in the origins of its people — but not in its outlook of the world. Certainly President Obama has faced criticism and suspicion for years that he attended a “Muslim Madrasa” in Indonesia and that he is a secret Muslim. I have not yet heard — and do not expect to hear — the same type of ludicrous comments about the soon-to-be Princess Catherine/Kate for spending her early years in a Muslim country, learning Arabic and reciting verses from the Koran.

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Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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7 Responses to Another connection between the Royals in Jordan and Britain

  1. Cartophiliac says:

    I want to see her birth certificate!
    The future Queen is a Jordanian!

  2. M Brueschke says:

    Between 6 and 8 million Americans work abroad enough to be considered an expatriate, plus the roughly half a million Federal and military who are stationed abroad, I would say that yes, the US is an international country. But because of it’s size and population, there are tens of millions who don’t care about the outside world, same goes for places like Brazil, China and Russia.

    Kate Middleton isn’t in a position of power yet, when the time comes that she might be Queen or Consort to the King, the morons of the British anti-immigrant movements will bring up her time in Jordan.

    Former expat who came from an Indian Reservation in South Dakota and lived and worked in Israel.

  3. spandrell says:

    I’m not american but there sure is a difference between the background of the highest executive authority of the land, and the wife of a prince with no power.

    Not even touching the fact that Obama’s father is an African Muslim, which is not the case of Ms Middleton, which is as typically British as its possible to be.

  4. Roy says:

    Kate Middleton isn’t in a position of power yet,

    Nor will she ever be, unless she chooses to run for elected office in the future.

    when the time comes that she might be Queen or Consort to the King, the morons of the British anti-immigrant movements will bring up her time in Jordan.

    Unlikely considering the present Consort is Greek by birth.

  5. Oliver says:

    The future Queen is a Jordanian!

    Queens are traditionally foreign. As long as she isn’t catholic, there’s no problem.

  6. Curzon says:

    What about ‘secret Muslim’?

  7. Michael says:

    If so, then- between getting confirmed in the Anglican church, marrying into a family that heads the Anglican church and a certain infamous fashion show- she’s doing an outstanding job of hiding it:)