List of kings of Jordan

The king of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is Jordan's head of state and monarch. He serves as the head of the Jordanian monarchy—the Hashemite dynasty. The king is addressed as His Majesty (صاحب الجلالة).

King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Abdullah II
since 7 February 1999
StyleHis Majesty
Heir apparentHussein, Crown Prince of Jordan
First monarchAbdullah I
Formation25 May 1946
ResidenceAl-Maquar, Amman

Jordan is a constitutional monarchy. However, the king is vested with somewhat more executive and legislative power than is typically the case for constitutional monarchs. He is commander-in-chief of the Jordanian Armed Forces and appoints the Prime Minister of Jordan and the directors of security agencies. He also appoints the members of the upper house, the Senate, as well as the members of the Constitutional Court.[1]

The current king, Abdullah II, took the throne on 7 February 1999 following the death of his father, Hussein.


The sons of Hussein bin Ali, the Grand Emir and Sharif of Mecca were set up as the kings of Iraq and Jordan in the aftermath of the Arab Revolt and World War I.

The Jordanian monarchy was set up in 1921, with Abdullah I becoming Emir of the Emirate of Transjordan, a post he held from 11 April 1921 until Transjordan gained independence on 25 May 1946 as the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan. Once independence was gained, Abdullah was crowned the country's first monarch. The country's name was shortened to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 26 April 1949, after the kingdom won control of both sides of the Jordan River as a result of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.


Monarchs of Jordan (1921–present)

Emirate of Transjordan (1921–1946)

NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
Abdullah I
  • عبد الله الأول بن الحسين
(1882-02-02)2 February 1882 – 20 July 1951(1951-07-20) (aged 69)11 April 192125 May 1946Previously King-designate of Iraq for a short period in 1920.
Son of Hussein bin Ali

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (1946–present)

NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
Abdullah I
  • عبد الله الأول بن الحسين
(1882-02-02)2 February 1882 – 20 July 1951(1951-07-20) (aged 69)25 May 194620 July 1951
Proclaimed King of Palestine by the Jericho Conference in 1948Hashemite
  • طلال بن عبد الله
(1909-02-26)26 February 1909 – 7 July 1972(1972-07-07) (aged 63)20 July 195111 August 1952
Son of Abdullah IHashemite
  • الحسين بن طلال
(1935-11-14)14 November 1935 – 7 February 1999(1999-02-07) (aged 63)11 August 19527 February 1999Son of TalalHashemite
Abdullah II
  • عبد الله الثاني بن الحسين
(1962-01-30) 30 January 19627 February 1999IncumbentSon of HusseinHashemite


Abdullah II of JordanHussein of JordanTalal of JordanAbdullah I of Jordan

Royal Standard

Royal Standard of the King

See also


  1. "Jordan". Freedom in the World. Freedom House. 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
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