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Princess Firyal of Jordan

Princess Firyal
Prince Muhammad bin Talal
Prince Talal
Prince Ghazi
Full name
Miss Firyal Farid Mahmuod Irshaid
Father H.E. Mr. Farid al-Irshaid
Mother Farida al-Irsheid
Born 1945 (age 68–69)
Religion Muslim

Princess Firyal (born 1945) is a Jordanian princess. Married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal from 1964 to 1978, she is the mother of Prince Talal and Prince Ghazi. Princess Firyal is known as a socialite and philanthropist. She has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 1992, for whom she works on programs for protection of world heritage, medical research and children’s education. She is also a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1985.[1]


Early life and education

Leirjal Firyal Irshaid was born in 1945 in Jenin, the daughter of the late Farid Irshaid, a political leader who served as a Minister in the Government and in the Senate in Jordan. Her mother Farida is Chair of the Red Crescent Society in the Palestinian West Bank of Jordan.[2]

Princess Firyal attended Berzeit College. She studied for two years at the American College for Women in Beirut prior to her marriage; she resumed her studies and earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University School of General Studies in 1999.[3] Princess Firyal will pursue her Ph.D. in Comparative Religion at Columbia University.[4]


Jordanian Royal Family

HM The King
HM The Queen

HM Queen Noor

The Princess was appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992. Three years later, in 1995, she was appointed Special Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO. She works primarily on programs for protection of world heritage, medical research and children’s education.[5]

In Jordan, Princess Firyal became active in relief work in refugee camps after the wars in the regions. She worked with nomadic Bedouin tribes and farmers to increase literacy, to establish family planning programs, and to encourage local crafts.[6]

Princess Firyal launched the International Hope Foundation as part of UNESCO in 1994. She frequently visits homeless and street children shelters in New York and cities around the world.[7]

The princess's philanthropic positions and credentials include:

Marriage and children

Princess Firyal married Prince Muhammad bin Talal, the younger brother of the late H.M. King Hussein, in 1964; they divorced in 1978. The couple has two sons Prince Talal and Prince Ghazi.


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