Basma was born in 1951 to King Talal of Jordan and Queen Zein. A year later her father abdicated for health reasons and her elder brother, Hussein became king. Basma was educated at Ahliyyah School in Amman, then in England at Benenden School (where she was a friend of Princess Anne) and Oxford University, where she read Modern Languages. In 1969 she met Prince Hussein of the United Emirates,whom she married in 1970. In 1971 the King died, so she and Hussein were crowned monarchs. The queen was soon popular with the people of the Emirates. In 1971 she had her first child, Princess Mona and in 1973 the future King Faisal II.Upon Hussein’s death in 2009 her son became the king and she was made the Queen mother.