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Jordan’s Queen Orders Solid Gold Shoes as King Pushes Two-State Solution

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania

Photo Credit: Jordanian Royal Portrait

Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan has commissioned a jeweler in Calcutta, India to make shoes for her out of gold.

The 22-carat gold shoes will each weigh 750 grams, and will be encrusted with diamonds and topaz, according to Irish news site breakingnews.ie, citing Bengali daily newspaper Anandabazar Patrika.

The sites reported that while the queen is accustomed to wearing shoes utilizing gold threads on leather, this time the shoes will be made of solid gold. Rania has already paid an advance of almost $54,000 for the shoes, according to breakingnews.ie, with the custom footwear expected to come to a significantly higher total price.

The news comes as Jordan’s King Abdullah II began a new push for a Palestinian state on land within the State of Israel. On January 17, US President Barack Obama met with the Jordanian leader in the White House to strategize their next steps in bringing Israel and the Palestinian Authority to direct negotiations. The get-together came just a week after the first Jordanian-brokered meeting between Israeli and Palestinian Authority envoys in months.

Aside from relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the King and the President discussed the effects of the Arab Spring on Jordan.

At a press conference following the meeting, King Abdullah thanked the President for “the economic support that you’re showing Jordan in this very difficult time,” and noted that as Arab revolution sweeps the Middle East, “the economy and the situation that challenges the livelihood of Jordanians is very, very important”.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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6 Responses to “Jordan’s Queen Orders Solid Gold Shoes as King Pushes Two-State Solution”

  1. Lillie Epner says:

    If Jordan’s King Abdullah can afford to waste $54,000+ on a pair of useless gold shoes with jewel-encrusting, how can he ask for U.S. monetary support? Moreover, how can our government be so blind to his duplicitous behavior? It’s time for the American public to say “enough is enough” and rid ourselves of Obama and his cronies.Too many go to bed hungry here in our “land of plenty,” for us to waste taxpayer dollars to support the whims of a dictatorial country’s elite.

  2. FactsRule says:

    The existential threat civilization faces from Islam isn’t coming from the purchase of a gold shoe by the queen of Jordan. We should choose our battles wisely. Criticizing a queen for buying a gold shoe makes us look bad, not her. Buying golden shoes is what pretty queens do. Criticizing it shines a negative light of attention on us that we don’t need.

  3. Sara Mandell says:

    How can they talk about the sad & unfortunate state of Jordan’s economy, demanding funding from the drained & broke American taxpayers while they talk of the queens new gold shoes inlaid with diamonds & jewels & Obama robs whats left of the government funds?? All of them with their fancy everything & they can’t feel the suffering of the people? They just keep on spending money that isn’t there..

  4. I can’t believe our government (specificially the muslim president we have) has the guts to give Jordan money, which they do not need, and the Queen turns around and buys gold shoes. This boggles the mind. And why aren’t we bothered? That’s even more disturbing.

  5. Judy says:

    Excuse me, but what is the connection between the two?
    The fact that a young(ish) queen decides to spend a fortune on nonsense is not new. But what does that have to do with her husband’s political machinations?
    One item is a celebrity gossip, the other a political and National Security issue. Why mix the two?

  6. Arbie Herout says:

    If my girl looked like that, I’d get her some gold shoes too!

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