Queen Rania Al-Abdullah has long been an advocate for women’s rights, an admirable humanitarian, and modest-dressing style star.

So we weren’t surprised to see her latest international trip hit the right note on all three of those traits – especially the latter.

The Jordanian royal is currently in Australia, along with husband King Abdullah bin al-Hussein, on a state visit designed to improve political and economic ties between the two countries.

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The monarchs have met with officials, visited diplomatic sites, dropped in at cultural hotspots, and promoted educational initiatives – and all the while, Queen Rania proved a shining sartorial light for women of the Middle East.

 

Hitting that sweet spot between modest and modern, the royal donned a series of outfits that are giving us plenty of Autumn/Winter inspiration (it might be bordering on summer in Oz, but HRH’s wardrobe suggests otherwise).

So with no further ado, here are our favourite looks from the royal’s Antipodean adventure…

Buckle up

For a wreath-laying ceremony at the Australian War Memorial Museum, Queen Rania plumped for a sombre (but still exceptionally stylish) navy number, with a subtly ruffled front and bell sleeves. The light tan leather belt and leopard-print bag added the right amount of jazz without distracting from the emotional gravitas of the event. 

In mint condition

The royal sported a silky pale-green blouse and elaborately tiered pencil skirt for a visit to Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery. Queen Rania took in paintings of pioneering female figures in Australia’s history, as well as self-portraits by the country’s notable female creatives… but that skirt is also a work of art in itself.

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Laced up

For a meeting with then Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Julie BishopQueen Rania sported a demure monochromatic number. From the intricate hemline to the ornate embroidery on the bodice, this romantically flowy dress proves black and white is most certainly not boring.

Rugged up

The royal pulled on a cosy, pastel-pink woollen jumper for a boat trip around Sydney’s harbour. The slouchy, oversized turtleneck looks toasty and bang-on-trend all at once, and Queen Rania paired it with ink-blue denims for an event-appropriate casualness. We’re almost wishing the UAE dipped below 20 degrees Celsius so we’d have cause to copy her knitwear.

Blazing a trail

Queen Rania visited Sydney’s Fort Street School to learn about Kidpreneur, a programme that supports children in realising their business and leadership dreams, where the royal was described by state Premier Kerryn Baird as “one of the world’s most passionate advocates for public education and quality teaching”. For the occasion, Her Majesty sported relaxed capris and an edgy, lattice-bordered leather blazer. And we won’t be happy until we have in our own wardrobes.

Cream of the crop

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Further proof that the royal’s the Queen of Outerwear, as well as Jordan.

Bolt from the blue

 
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Shortly before departing Sydney, HRH met with the Governor of New South Wales, and chose an icy-two piece for the engagement. We particularly love the clashing prints of the pencil skirt and the blouse’s embroidery (a piece we imagine would look equally as elegant tucked into jeans).

What’s your favourite look of Queen Rania’s? Let us know in the comments below.

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Images: HRH Queen Rania/Instagram