People, Jun. 26, 1978

There were no parades on camelback and no banners across the winding Amman streets. The wedding of Jordan's King Hussein and Nur el Hussein (Light of Hussein), nee Elizabeth Halaby in Washington, was a quiet family affair. In a four-minute Muslim ceremony at the palace of Hussein's mother, the blue-suited groom, 42, and his Dior-and-diamond-bedecked bride, 26, exchanged vows in Arabic. Those present, all male according to Islamic practice, included Lisa's father, former Pan Am Chief Najeeb Halaby.

At a reception in the palace garden, Pepsi and hors d'oeuvres were served. Among the 500 guests the only foreign visitor of note...

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