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QUEEN NOOR: Born on August 23, 1951 in Washington, D.C. She is of Syrian, Swedish and English ancestry, the daughter of Najeeb Halaby, an Arab American test pilot and lawyer who headed the Federal Aviation Administration under President John F. Kennedy; and Doris Carlquist of Swedish descent. Born into a distinguished Arab-American family, Lisa experienced a privileged upbringing, attending exclusive private schools in Washington D.C., New York City, and Massachusetts before enrolling in the first co-educational class at Princeton University in 1969. She graduated in 1973. Moving to Jordan to work, she met and married King Hussein of Jordan in 1978, becoming Queen Noor, the first American-born queen of an Arab country. She has four children and is a bestselling author as well. She is actively involved in a number of international organizations advancing global peace-building and conflict recovery. Queen Noor plays an active role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslin culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict-prevention and recovery issues.