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Last Updated: Friday, 11 June, 2004, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Jordan queen given military rank
Queen Rania of Jordan in Madrid
Rania is commited to breaking stereotypes of Arab women
Queen Rania of Jordan has been granted the honorary rank of full colonel in the country's armed forces.

Her husband King Abdullah also made his Palestinian-born wife head of the Queen Rania Society for the Support of the Military and their Families.

The society, which was started by Rania three months ago, supports needy military families, widows and orphans.

In March, Rania launched a media campaign to change women's stereotypes and boost their role in Arab society.

"You were always the nearest to me to share my opinion on the necessity of providing the requirements and decent life standards to all the boys and girls in our one big Jordanian family, especially the members of the armed forces and their families," the king said in a letter addressed to Rania published by the Jordanian news agency Petra.

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