Faisal of Saudi Arabia

Birth Name: Faisal bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman

Date of Birth: 14 April, 1906

Place of Birth: Riyadh, Emirate of Riyadh (now Saudi Arabia)

Date of Death: 25 March, 1975

Place of Death: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ethnicity: Arab

Faisal was King of Saudi Arabia, from 2 November, 1964 to 25 March, 1975, his assassination. He was also Viceroy of Hejaz, from 9 February, 1926 to 22 September, 1932, Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 19 December, 1930 to 22 December, 1960, and again, from 16 March, 1962 to 25 March, 1975; Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, from 9 November, 1953 to 2 November, 1964, Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, from 16 August, 1954 to 21 December, 1960, and again, from 31 October, 1962 to 25 March, 1975; and Regent of Saudi Arabia, from 4 March, 1964 to 2 November, 1964. He was of the House of Al Saud. He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1974.

Faisal was the son of Tarfa bint Abdullah bin Abdulateef Al Sheikh and Ibn Saud, who was the founder of Saudi Arabia and the House of Saud, and its first monarch; he was King of Saudi Arabia, from 23 September, 1932 to 9 November, 1953. His mother was a descendant of religious leader Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab. He succeeded his half-brother Saud of Saudi Arabia, who was King, from 9 November, 1953 to 2 November, 1964, his forced abdication. Four of his other half-siblings have been Kings of Saudi Arabia after his death, Khalid of Saudi Arabia, from 25 March, 1975 to 13 June, 1982; Fahd of Saudi Arabia, from 13 June, 1982 to 1 August, 2005; Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, from 1 August, 2005 to 23 January, 2015; and Salman of Saudi Arabia, since 23 January, 2015. Saud, Khalid, Fahd, Abdullah, and Salman have also all been Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.

Faisal was married four times concurrently, and had many children. He spoke French and English.

Faisal’s patrilineal great-great-great-grandfather, Prince Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Saud Al Saud, was born in Diriyah, Sheikhdom of Diriyah, and is regarded as the founder of the First Saudi State.

Faisal’s paternal grandfather was Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud (the son of Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud and Sarah bint Mishari bin Abdulrahman bin Hassan Al Saud). Abdul was Emir of Nejd, from 1875 to 1876, and again, from 1889 to 1891. Faisal’s great-grandfather Faisal was Emir of Nejd, from 1834 to 1838, and again, from 1843 to 1865. He was the son of Turki bin Abdullah bin Muhammad Al Saud, who was Emir of Nejd, from 1819 to 1820, and again, from 1824 to 9 May, 1834; and of Hia bint Hamad bin Ali Al Faqih Angari Tamimi. Faisal’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Mishari ibn Abdul-Rahman.

Faisal’s paternal grandmother was Sarah/Sara bint Ahmed bin Muhammad bin Turki bin Suleiman Al Sudairi (the daughter of Ahmed Al Kabir bin Mohammed/Muhammad bin Turki Al Sudairi and Hessa bint Muhanna bin Saleh Al Nuwairan). Ahmed was the son of Mohammed bin Turki bin Suleiman Al Sudairi.

Faisal’s maternal grandfather was Wadhah bint Muhammad bin ‘Aqab (the son of Abdullah bin Abdulateef Al Sheikh). Abdullah was the son of Abdulateef Al Sheikh.

Source: Genealogy of Faisal of Saudi Arabia – http://www.geni.com

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