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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.

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King Hussein and his English-born wife Princess Muna with their son, Prince Abdullah at the Go-Kart races in 1963.

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Demonstrating his agility here on water skies in Florida.

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King Hussein, seen here with his fourth wife Queen Noor, raised 11 children.

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When travelling by air, the king was frequently at the controls.

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However he travelled, he loved speed, here seen in the Jordanian desert with Queen Noor.

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A welcome homecoming after his first course of cancer treatment in 1992.

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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.

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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.

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King Hussein left hospital to take part in 1998's Wye River talks.

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The king maintained a brave face through the final stages of his illness.

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