(MENAFN - Jordan Times) AMMAN — HRH Crown Prince Hussein, the Regent, late Tuesday attended a ceremony held by the Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah II First Royal Mechanised Battalion, known as 'The Mother Unit' at the Central Military Command on the occasion of his twenty-fourth birthday, which falls today.
Upon his arrival, the Crown Prince was received by Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Pilot Yousef Huneiti, commander of the military zone, Brig. Gen. Adnan Raqqad, and the battalion's commander, a Royal Court statement said.
Raqqad delivered a speech, during which he lauded the Crown Prince's vision and future plans to achieve the youth's aspirations, a bid which, he said, is inseparable from "our glorious past", but reinforces the values of humanism, sacrifice and pan-Arabism.
The assistants of the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and a number of senior officers attended the ceremony.
The eldest son of Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania, His Royal Highness was born in Amman on June 28, 1994, and is the 42nd generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad, a Royal Court statement said.
A Royal Decree was issued on July 2, 2009, naming His Royal Highness as Crown Prince.
In 2017, The Crown Prince graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, from which his father, King Abdullah, and his grandfather, His Majesty the late King Hussein, had graduated.
Late in 2017, the Crown Prince mounted the podium to deliver Jordan's speech at the UN General Assembly in its 72nd session, on behalf of his of His Majesty King Abdullah.
In May 2016, Crown Prince Hussein graduated from the prestigious Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he majored in international history. His Royal Highness graduated in 2012 from King's Academy in Madaba.
His Royal Highness has served as Regent on several occasions, and has accompanied His Majesty on official visits to a number of friendly and sisterly states.
Following in his father's footsteps and emulating the King's keenness to maintain communication with fellow Jordanians, Crown Prince Hussein has accompanied His Majesty on many visits around the Kingdom. He has also accompanied the King on various national occasions, and when welcoming Jordan's guests.
The Crown Prince has given young people his utmost attention, with the Crown Prince Foundation, launched in December 2015, geared towards promoting innovation among youth and building on their creativity and potential to enable them to gain the experience necessary to reach leading professional positions in Jordan.
Reflecting His Royal Highness' vision, the foundation supports initiatives that seek to empower young people and enhance comprehensive development around the Kingdom.
In the same vein, Al Hussein Technical University was established to enhance the quality of technical education by setting clear and effective standards in this sector nationwide, based on advanced academic programmes.
In addition to focusing on youth, Crown Prince Hussein also gives attention to sports and children, launching a number of initiatives that have reached beneficiaries around the governorates. The Crown Prince Foundation is now the legal umbrella for many of these initiatives.
The Crown Prince launched Haqiq, a youth initiative, in April 2013. It focuses on school students, training them in leadership, negotiation skills, and conflict resolution. It also promotes volunteerism, dialogue and constructive democratic thought, thus enhancing young people's sense of belonging and their ability to serve their communities.
In sports, His Royal Highness launched the Qusai Initiative to advance the professional performance of sports therapists and others specialised in treating athletes, as well as to enhance the level of programmes specialised in sports therapy.
In late 2014, the Crown Prince launched the Hearing Without Borders initiative to mitigate the suffering of deaf children by facilitating cochlear implant procedures for them and establishing centres around Jordan to offer them speech therapy.