Modern Monarch: Queen Rania of Jordan
To connect with the people of Jordan—and the rest of the world—Queen Rania uses her blog, Facebook page and YouTube channel and has more than a million followers on Twitter. "My virtual self can get closer to people easier than my real self," she says. "People sometimes think of queen as a title that's shrouded with protocol and formality, and for that reason sometimes people are not easily saying what they want to say. They're reluctant to express their opinions, and I kind of find that frustrating because I want to know what people really, really think."
Being online breaks down barriers between the queen and others. "It creates a space where titles mean little and people can just say what they want," she says. "It opens a window to my life and opens a window for me into other people's lives so I can see what people are thinking or what the sentiment out there is all about."