Princess Reema bin Bandar Al Saud, first Saudi envoy to U.S., Saudi women, Saudi women high-rank positions
Source: Arab News

On Tuesday, Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud officially made history after being sworn in as the kingdom's first-ever female U.S. ambassador. 

During a ceremony at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, the royal took the oath of loyalty before King Salman. 

"I swear by Almighty Allah to be faithful to my religion, to my king and my country; to never reveal any state secrets; to preserve the Kingdom's interests and laws at home and abroad; and to perform my duty with sincerity, honesty and loyalty," she said.

The oath ceremony comes over a month after a royal decree issued by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman saw the appointment of the princess as the kingdom's ambassador to the U.S.

With that, Al Saud became the first-ever Saudi woman to be assigned an envoy role for the kingdom. 

Al Saud will now take over the role of her predecessor, MBS' brother Prince Khaled bin Salman, who is now the kingdom's Deputy Minister for Defense.

She is the daughter of former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and is a graduate of George Washington University. The princess previously served as an adviser to the Crown Prince office. 

Making history isn't new to Al-Saud, who's a popular entrepreneur and philanthropist in the kingdom. 

In 2016, she was appointed Deputy for Planning and Development at the General Sports Authority and used her role to champion women's participation in sport. 

In 2017, she became the first woman to be appointed as president of the Mass Participation Federation. In her new role, the princess is expected to champion her countrywomen's rights further. 

More Saudi women are now assuming high-rank official roles

Al Saud took the oath to represent her country in the U.S. at a time when a record number of women are being appointed in high-rank official roles.

In 2017, Eman bint Abdulla Al-Ghamdi became the first Saudi woman to hold a municipal role after she was appointed the assistant mayor of Al-Khobar municipality for information technology. 

In a statement she made after her appointment, Al-Ghamdi said: "I will do my best to further enhance the civic work of the municipality through the female section and the IT department."

In that same year, the country assigned the role of spokesperson for the kingdom's embassy in Washington to a woman.

In a tweet following the announcement, Fatimah S. Baeshen expressed her pride and gratitude, saying: "I'm grateful for the opportunity, the support, and well wishes."

In recent months, Saudi women have also been joining the country's workforce in large numbers as new professions open up to them.