On 29 April, the day after the 2011 Marrakech bombing, she attended the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton.
More DetailsHide DetailsSalma has represented the King and Morocco in meetings and gatherings in Thailand, Japan, and France. She founded a cancer prevention association in Morocco and has been involved in HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa work. Recently, she visited Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
Salma married King Mohammed VI on 12 October 2001 (sadaq) and on 21 March 2002 (zafaf), at the Dar al-Makhzin, Rabat, and was granted the title of Princess Lalla, with the style of Royal Highness on her marriage.
More DetailsHide DetailsThe royal couple have two children:
Salma has kept quite a low profile as first lady of Morocco, although a more public one than her predecessors. She supports cancer associations and the Fez Sacred Music Festival.
She was educated in Rabat, where she attended a private school, Lycée Hassan II, Lycée Moulay Youssef, and l'École Nationale Supérieure d'Informatique et d'Analyse de Systèmes. She met her husband during a private party in 1999.
More DetailsHide DetailsAfter completing her engineering studies, she worked for a few months as an information services engineer at ONA Group, the country's largest private holding company (which is also controlled by the Moroccan Royal Family).
Her parents were Hajj Abdelhamid Bennani, a schoolteacher, and Naïma Bensouda, who died in 1981, when Salma was three years old; from then on she and her sister Meryem were raised by her maternal grandmother, Hajja Fatma Abdellaoui Maâne.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe lived in Rabat, with her half cousin Saira, and the two are commonly seen together in public.
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