The 63-year-old was applauded by Tony Blair and the rest of the Western world for keeping one of the most volatile regions in the world stable.
But while he juggled with the fragile turbulence of Middle Eastern politics, he never lost the human touch.
He worked tirelessly behind the scenes for charity, much of it in Britain, and his generosity knew no bounds.
One example is two-year-old South Wales girl Emily Casey.
He paid for her to have a life-saving heart operation in the US after life-or-death NHS surgery was cancelled five times.
The king secretly financed treatment in Minnesota after hearing how Bristol Children's Hospital repeatedly called off surgery.
He personally flew Emily and her parents - pictured with him above - in his private jet back and forth across the Atlantic.
The King's greatest international achievement was one that had eluded all his predecessors: a peace treaty with Israel.
He also acted as a behind-the-scenes mediator during the Gulf War, and it was his personal pressure on Saddam Hussein which helped bring about the release of British hostages.
His work was brilliantly complemented by Queen Noor.
As well as advancing women's rights in Jordan, she travelled the world, becoming a major force for peace in the Middle East and an invaluable link between the West and the Arab world.
She also took on the job of patron of the Landmine Survivors' Network after Princess Diana died.