His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal
Born in Amman on March 20th, 1947, Prince El Hassan is the younger brother of His Late Majesty King Hussein. Their branch of the Hashemite family is directly descended from the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of the Islamic Religion, and is the forty-second generation.
Prince El Hassan had his early schooling in Amman, largely with tutors. He then went to Summer Fields School in England, and later to Harrow. He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford University with a B.A. (Hon.) in Oriental Studies, after which he completed an M.A. degree. His Royal Highness was officially invested as Crown Prince to the Hashemite Throne of Jordan in April, 1965. He served as the King's closest political advisor, confidant and deputy, and he acted as Regent in the King's absence from the country. In 1999, he was made His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal.
Prince El Hassan has initiated, founded, and is actively involved in many Jordanian institutes including the Royal Scientific Society, the Arab Thought Forum, the Hashemite Aid and Relief Society, the Arab Youth Forum, the Centre for Educational Development, the Institute for Diplomacy, and the Royal Institute for the Inter-Faith Studies.
The Prince also chairs, and is a member of many international committees and organizations. He is the Chair of the Policy Advisory Commission for the World Intellectual Property Organization, President of the Club of Rome, a Member of the International Board of the Council of Foreign Relations, and Moderator of the World Conference on Religion and Peace.
Prince El Hassan is the author of six books including: A study on Jerusalem (1979), Christianity in the Arab World (1994), Continuity, Innovation and Change: Selected Essays (2001). Decorated by over twenty nations, his awards include ten Honorary Doctoral Degrees, the Abu Bakr Al-Siddique Medal of the Organization of Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies, and the Order of Al Hussein bin Ali.
His Royal Highness married Her Royal Highness Princess Sarvath in 1968. Princess Sarvath comes from a distinguished family of the Indian-subcontinent. They are blessed with three daughters: Princesses Rahma, Sumaya and Badiya, and a son, Prince Rashid; and with five grandchildren - Tariq, Zein El Sharaf, Ali, Sukayna and Aysha.
-- Bio of Prince Hassan as published in the 2002 Sol Kanee Program.
The first annual Sol Kanee Lecture took place Wednesday, October 9, 2002.
His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan presented on the topic "From a Culture of Participation to a Culture of Peace."
The transcript of the lecture can be found here: 2002 Sol Kanee Lecture transcript