Modern Monarch: Queen Rania of Jordan
Born in Kuwait to middle-class Palestinian parents, Rania al Yassin was busy pursuing her own career when she met Jordan's Prince Abdullah at a dinner party. Five months later, 22-year-old Rania married the prince and started a family.
In 1999, Jordan's ailing King Hussein named his son, Prince Abdullah—not his own brother—as heir to the throne. At 28 years old, Rania became the world's youngest queen.
When she's not taking care of her family, Queen Rania is a modern monarch on a mission to help girls around the world secure an education.