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Prince Hussein: Jordan's fast-rising royal heir

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The heir to the throne is hosting Britain's Prince William, 36, from Sunday for a visit billed as a bonding session, when they could swap tales of studying at Britain's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, from which Hussein graduated last year.

Despite his tender age, the eldest son of King Abdullah II is already no stranger to appearing on the global stage -- and in September took to the podium in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly on his father's behalf.

"I stand before you as a representative of my beloved Jordan, but also as a member of the largest generation of young people in history," he told delegates in fluent English, sporting a stylish beard and sharp suit.

It is the prince's youth that has been a major factor in bolstering his carefully crafted image at home, as he appeals to the more than 50 percent of the population who are aged under 25.

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