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.
Khalid was born in Mecca in 1925 and was the ninth son of King Saud. His mother was Jamila Asaad Ibrahim Merhi who was of Syrian origin. Jamila and her father, Asaad Ibrahim, were charged with planning to assassinate Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of the United Arab Republic, in March 1958, and they were both tried in absentia in Damascus.
Following the completion of high school education Prince Khalid received a bachelor’s degree in 1948.
Khalid bin Saud was first made an assistant to his father, King Saud, and remained in the post until 1955. In June 1957 he was appointed the commander of the Saudi National Guard. Prince Khalid became the first Saudi royal to lead the Guard which had been under the administration of tribal sheikhs.Robert Lacey reports that King Saud asked Prince Khalid to reorganize the Guard to protect the royal family. 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. His brother Saad bin Saud replaced Khalid in the post in 1959. Khalid’s next position was the director of King Saud University to which he was appointed in 1959. On 7 March 1962 he was made the head of royal court.