This Middle Eastern Queen Always Looks So Chic

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan has impeccable style, but not in the way we're accustomed to with royals. It struck me again today upon seeing a shot of her from the weekend at Sandhurst's military academy—resplendent in a shocking-red coat with a billowing white midi dress underneath, a clashing black hardware-laden handbag and some suede super-high pumps, also in scarlet. This adhered to many of the dress codes that are in place for high-profile women such as herself or the Duchess of Cambridge, but it also felt fashion-ready and unexpected, too. Where some may have walked down the entirely matchy-matchy path, Rania, 46, often takes a more experimental step forward, clashing her accessories or opting for more directional (and less twee) silhouettes.

This was just one case in point, and we've discovered many others as we've looked back through her 2017 outfit catalogue. Queen Rania may be well-known in political circles for her advocacy work in education, health, finance and youth empowerment, and she also has ties to the fashion industry, attending events like the Fashion for Relief gala in Cannes and is a leading figure in the growing realm of modest fashion. Keep reading to see Queen Rania of Jordan's best looks.

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Style Notes: With a black handbag punctuating her bright red ensembles, Queen Rania complemented the Sandhurst military uniform without looking too thematic.

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Style Notes: This floaty orange dress (and gorgeous velvet pumps) ticks off multiple A/W 17 trends for colour, silhouette and texture.

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Style Notes: This is no ordinary skirt-and-blouse combination. Queen Rania's detailed khaki midi, pie-crust–collar top and clashing court shoes are all conversation-starting pieces.

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Style Notes: Embroidered bohemian dresses have become a summer staple for every style-conscious girl—queens included.

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Style Notes: She's channelling a bit of Amal Clooney here with the cropped trousers, statement jacket and slick accessories, don't you think?

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Style Notes: Queen Rania's flouncy blouse and tailored trouser combination is one we'll be stealing for work.

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Style Notes: When in doubt, choose a black dress with plenty of detail. Just look at those fabulous ruched sleeves.

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Style Notes: This bold shade of cobalt suits every skin tone, and we particularly like the idea of it set against a statement piece of pearl jewellery.

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