In a unique celebration, the crown prince of Jordan, Hussein bin Abdullah, marked the passing of his 24th birthday not with a traditional night out with friends but by participating in live-fire, urban combat drills with his father, King Abdullah. Video of the event was shared on Instagram by Hussein’s mother, Queen Rania.
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The video, which was released last Thursday, shows the king and crown prince riding in a black car on a local military base, according to a report by the Times of Israel.
After a bit of traveling, the car comes to a sudden halt, and the pair quickly open fire.
Hussein can be seen taking shots out of a window while his father exits the car on the passenger side, takes a position behind the hood, and begin firing rounds.
The crown prince soon leaves the car as well, throwing a smoke grenade and taking cover behind the vehicle, though he does pause for a moment to put the handbrake on.
Both Hussein and King Abdullah are wearing military-style vests and sunglasses. They begin advancing down range, firing at targets with their rifles.
The crown prince eventually switches to a pistol after running out of rifle ammunition.
Hussein, like his father and grandfather, was trained at Sandhurst military academy in the UK and is a qualified helicopter pilot.
Last month, a separate Instagram video featured footage of his air force brethren pouring buckets of water over him to mark his first solo helicopter training run.
Hussein also hosted Prince William, a member of the British royal family, while he visited Jordan last week.
On the Instagram post that features the video, the queen wrote: “Happy birthday Al Hussein, we grow more proud of you every day… I see so much of His Majesty in you, including your shared love for the military – Taken during the conclusion of a recent round of live-fire training exercises.”
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كل عام وأنت بخير ومصدر فخر لجلالة الملك ولي. كثيرة هي الصفات التي أراها فيك من سيدنا وأحدها حب العسكرية. الأمير الحسين إلى جانب سيدنا خلال تدريب بالذخيرة الحية في اختتام سلسلة من التدريبات مؤخراً #الأردن #حب_الأردن Happy birthday Al Hussein, we grow more proud of you every day… I see so much of His Majesty in you, including your shared love for the military – Taken during the conclusion of a recent round of live-fire training exercises @alhusseinjo #Jordan #LoveJO