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Khalid bin Saud Al Saud (1925–2020)


Dec 15, 2021

Khalid bin Saud Al Saud (1925 – 7 July 2020) was a member of House of Saud. He was one of the sons of King Saud and held various administrative positions during the reign of his father. He was the first member of Saudi royal family to command the Saudi National Guard.

Saudi royal and government official (1925–2020)

Commander of National Guard

Khalid bin Saud Al Saud
Commander of National Guard
In office 1956 – 1959
Predecessor Tribal sheiks
Successor Saad bin Saud Al Saud
Monarch King Saud
Born 1925
Died 7 July 2020(2020-00-00) (aged 94–95)
Issue 1
Khalid bin Saud bin Abdulaziz
House House of Saud
Father King Saud
Mother Jamila Asaad Ibrahim Merhi

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King Saud, father of Prince Khalid

Khalid was born in Mecca in 1925[1] and was the ninth son of King Saud.[2] His mother was Jamila Asaad Ibrahim Merhi who was of Syrian origin.[3][4] Jamila and her father, Asaad Ibrahim, were charged with planning to assassinate Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of the United Arab Republic, in March 1958,[4] and they were both tried in absentia in Damascus.[5]

Following the completion of high school education Prince Khalid received a bachelor’s degree in 1948.[1]

Khalid bin Saud was first made an assistant to his father, King Saud, and remained in the post until 1955.[1] In June 1957 he was appointed the commander of the Saudi National Guard.[6][7] Prince Khalid became the first Saudi royal to lead the Guard which had been under the administration of tribal sheikhs.[6][8]Robert Lacey reports that King Saud asked Prince Khalid to reorganize the Guard to protect the royal family.[9] In addition, following Khalid’s appointment the Guard began to have independent and substantial funds for the first time to improve its quite limited capabilities.[6] His brother Saad bin Saud replaced Khalid in the post in 1959.[1] Khalid’s next position was the director of King Saud University to which he was appointed in 1959.[1] On 7 March 1962 he was made the head of royal court.[10]

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