Sunday, February 7, 1999 Published at 14:36 GMT
World: Middle East
King Hussein: A life in pictures
The future king (centre) was educated in the UK, at Harrow and Sandhurst military academy, before taking on royal duties at the age of 18.
King Hussein and his English-born wife Princess Muna with their son, Prince Abdullah at the Go-Kart races in 1963.
Demonstrating his agility here on water skies in Florida.
King Hussein, seen here with his fourth wife Queen Noor, raised 11 children.
When travelling by air, the king was frequently at the controls.
However he travelled, he loved speed, here seen in the Jordanian desert with Queen Noor.
A welcome homecoming after his first course of cancer treatment in 1992.
In 1994 the king - seen here with Yitzhak Rabin and Bill Clinton - led Jordan to become the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel.
King Hussein became a key figure in Middle East peace talks. With Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 1996.
King Hussein left hospital to take part in 1998's Wye River talks.
The king maintained a brave face through the final stages of his illness.