The ceremonial cutting of an impressive triple-decker wedding cake was the centrepiece of the celebrations. Hamzah and Noor were wed last August in a private ceremony
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The bride is congratulated by her new sister-in-law, Queen Rania
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28 MAY 2004

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Royals and dignitaries from all over the world converged on the Jordanian capital of Amman on Thursday to celebrate the wedding of heir-to-the-throne Prince Hamzah to Princess Noor. Mingling with Britain's Prince Andrew and nearly 2,000 other VIP guests at a lavish reception in the Zahran Palace were Spanish newlyweds Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia. Also present were Hamzah's half-brother, King Abdullah, his wife Queen Rania and the 24-year-old crown prince's mother, Queen Noor.

Thousands of Jordanians lined the streets of the capital as the couple made their way through the city in a convertible limousine. The crowd threw flowers and candies at the pair as their motorcade snaked through Amman's sun-drenched streets.

The groom was in ceremonial military uniform for the celebrations while the 22-year-old princess, who shares her name with her new husband's mother, wore a white wedding gown. On arriving at the palace they were greeted by a guard of honour, before heading into the Rose Garden where their guests were waiting.

Hamzah and Noor were married in a private ceremony last August, but this week's events marked the official celebrations.

crown prince hamzah, princess noor, queen rania, king abdullah, prince felipe, letizia

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