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You’ve been married for 23 years. What’s the biggest lesson marriage has taught you? It taught me that there is no greater support system than a strong partnership and family. The world sometimes throws unexpected hurdles your way, and the unconditional love and support that family offers is what keeps you going. His Majesty is my truest friend, my confidant, my role model… I feel truly blessed and grateful for him every day. With the relentless focus on the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfits, the spotlight on royal fashion has never been brighter. How do you navigate dressing for the public eye? Being a member of a royal family means you automatically draw the media’s attention, no matter what you wear. For me, fashion is less about the latest trends and more about an expression of oneself, and I find that what feels right and what feels comfortable changes with time. There will always be comments about this or that outfit. Ultimately, I hope that when I give a speech about something I am passionate about, what I say will matter more than what I’m wearing. You recently released an official portrait and photo diary to mark your 46th birthday. What do you think of selfies? I’m not a big fan, but I must admit I’ve made a few exceptions. Most recently, I took one with student-teachers at the launch of [the Queen Rania] Teacher Academy’s new professional training program. I’m a big fan of teachers and their crucial role in a society’s progress, so if I was going to make an exception regarding selfies, I think it makes sense that I made it for them! You were named the most beautiful consort (queen by marriage) in the world. How did that make you feel? I’m flattered, but I’ll always insist that beauty is only skin deep; real beauty shines from within. There is nothing more beautiful than the proud look of an empowered woman who’s helping put food on the table for her children, or the caring smile of a teacher who inspires her students because she loves her job, or the confidence of a retiree who has found ways to continue contributing to her community.