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The Little Palace
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The Little Palace is situated just north of Raghadan Palace (the “big” palace). It was built immediately after Raghadan, as the residence of King Abdullah I, because the rapid expansion of the young state left little room for family life in the halls of Raghadan. The Little Palace is separated from Raghadan by a beautiful, small garden. At a later stage, King Talal Bin Abdullah resided here with Queen Zein. Their son, King Hussein, was born in the Little Palace on 14 November 1935.

© Royal Hashemite Court Archives

A small plaque in the Little Palace commemorates the life of King Hussein.
The inscription begins with a verse from the Holy Quran and reads: “In this room was born on 18 Shabaan 1354 Hijri (14 November 1935) the Hashemite Sharif Al Hussein Bin Talal Bin Abdullah, may God have mercy on him, who was crowned King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 18 Rabi Al Thani 1372 Hijri (11 August 1952) and who was committed to God’s mercy on 21 Shawwal 1419 Hijri (7 February 1999).”