Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has been announced as the next envoy to the U.S., replacing the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's full brother Prince Khalid bin Salman, who had held the position since 2017.
In addition to representing the new possibilities now available for Saudi women, Princess Reema is the daughter of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a towering figure in Saudi diplomacy who served as the kingdom's ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005.
She also got a Bachelor of Arts degree in Museum studies from George Washington University.
The elevation of Prince Khalid bin Salman, a son of the king, also further centralises power in one branch of the ruling family after the crown prince took control of most levers of power and policy in the world's top oil exporter.
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The appointment of Princess Reema to Washington appeared aimed at turning a new page after the killing of Mr. Khashoggi, who lived in Virginia and was a columnist for The Washington Post, while also emphasizing the kingdom's social reforms in the capital of its most important ally.
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Princess Rima, the daughter of a former long-time ambassador to the United States, has been a leading advocate of female empowerment in the kingdom, which has faced intense criticism over the recent jailing of women activists - and subsequent claims of sexual abuse and torture of some of them in detention.
Earlier this month, the US House voted overwhelmingly to end American involvement in Saudi Arabia's war effort in neighbouring Yemen, dealing a rebuke to President Donald Trump, who has publicly thrown his support behind the crown prince.
The Prince has instead been named as deputy minister of defense.
The princess is widely viewed as being an advocate of women's rights, in a country frequently criticised for its record on gender equality.
Prince Mohammed has been defence minister since 2015, when he intervened against Yemen's Iranian-aligned Houthis in a war that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and pushed the impoverished country to the brink of starvation.
"Princess Rima becomes the first female ambassador in Saudi history and the first female with a rank of minister - a strong signal to the integration of women into the government and workforce", Ali Shihabi, founder of the pro-Saudi think-tank Arabia Foundation, said on Twitter.