Princess Reema, Reema bin Sultan, first Saudi woman ambassador
Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud Source: Twitter/Riyadh_Report

A royal decree issued by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday saw the appointment of Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud as the kingdom's ambassador to the U.S.

Al-Saud is the first-ever Saudi woman to be assigned an envoy role for the kingdom. Hours after the announcement, the royal took to Twitter to thank MBS and King Salman for entrusting her with the role. 

"God willing, I will work to serve my nation, its leaders and people," she added. 

MBS' brother and Princess Reema's predecessor, Prince Khaled bin Salman, was appointed as the kingdom's Deputy Minister for Defense in another decree. He had served as the country's U.S. ambassador since 2017. 

The third official order focused on a one-month salary bonus to soldiers serving at the front lines on Saudi Arabia's southern borders.

The newly appointed envoy is the daughter of former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. She is a graduate of George Washington University and 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. 

People were thrilled with the news of her appointment

Many Saudis expressed their pride in Princess Reema

"Historic day"


More Saudi women are now assuming 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.