Letter to His Royal Highness Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein on royal duties

From King Abdallah II of Jordan
To His Royal Highness Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein
RE: Royal Duties
28 November 2004
Translated from Arabic

In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Compassionate,

Your Royal Highness,
My Dear Brother Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein,

May God keep you,

I am pleased to extend to you my very best greetings and most sincere wishes for continued health, happiness and success, and to express my deepest affection and highest esteem to you as a brother, a Hashemite Prince and a sincere Jordanian soldier, keen to selflessly perform the call to duty. I have seen these traits ever since you started your journey of giving to our beloved country. I chose you personally five years ago from amongst all my brothers, including those who are older than you, to be crown prince and to be my support whenever necessary. I have been eager, since I came to the throne of our beloved Jordan, to reflect the true meaning of the position of crown prince as it is stated in the Constitution. This position is an honorary one that does not entail any authority or any responsibility.

Our beloved father, King Hussein, may God rest his soul, reaffirmed to us before he passed away the importance of adhering to the honorary concept of the position of crown prince, and we have abided by that throughout the past five years. Your holding this symbolic position has restrained your freedom and hindered our trusting you with responsibilities that you are fully qualified to undertake.

And because the country needs the efforts of each and every one of us to work with utmost energy and capability, especially during the difficult circumstances facing the region and Jordan, I have decided to release you from the constraints of the position of crown prince in order to give you the freedom to work and undertake any mission or responsibility I entrust you with, alongside all our brothers, the sons of Al Hussein, and other members of the Hashemite Family. I trust that you will be a great help and support to me and to your brothers in the service of our beloved country and our one Jordanian family.

As for the position of crown prince, I will continue, guided by the Constitution and the good of our beloved Jordan and our noble Hashemite message, to give it my sincere attention.

I ask God to keep you and save you and give you success in the service of our dear country.

Your Brother,

Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein
Amman, 28 November 2004