Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: بندر بن عبد العزيز آل سعود Bandar bin ʿAbdulʿazīz Āl Saʿūd; 1921 or 1923 – 28 July 2019) was the tenth son of King Abdulaziz. At the time of his death, he was the eldest surviving member of the ruling branch of the House of Saud.

Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Prince Bandar c. 2016
Born1921 or 1923
Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd
Died (aged 95–98)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Burial29 July 2019
  • Sumaya bint Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad bin Muammar
  • Munira bint Muhammad Al Majrur Al Jabour Al Subaie
  • Al Anoud bint Muhanna bin Abdul Rahman Al Muhanna Aba Al Khail
Bandar bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud
HouseAl Saud
FatherKing Abdulaziz
MotherBazza II

Early life edit

King Abdulaziz, Bandar's father

Bandar was reportedly born in Riyadh in 1923, though Talal Kapoor reports his birth year as 1921.[1] His mother was Bazza who died in 1940.[2][3][4] He was the tenth son of King Abdulaziz, and his full brother was Prince Fawwaz.[1][5][4]

Succession edit

Prince Bandar stepped aside from the line of succession, despite his opposition to the selection of one of his half-brothers, Prince Sultan, as a future ruler. King Fahd appointed Prince Sultan as second deputy prime minister in 1982, making him second in line for the throne. Bandar's only government service was the director general at the interior ministry,[5] and the fact that his mother was Moroccan may also have counted against him.[4] Similar claims by his half-brother Prince Musaid were also rejected in that his son, Faisal bin Musaid, had assassinated King Faisal in 1975. As compensation, however, two of Bandar's sons were given important jobs: Mansour bin Bandar was made the commander of Prince Abdullah Air Base at Jeddah, and Faisal bin Bandar the governor of Al-Qassim Province.[4]

Career and personal life edit

Bandar's only official government position was as director general at the interior ministry. He was a businessman.[6] His various business concerns included Tabuk Cement Co. and Riyadh Recreational Hotels Co.[5] He was one of the founders of the Dar Al Maal Al Islami Trust which was initiated by Mohammed bin Faisal Al Saud, King Faisal's son, in 1981.[7]

Bandar married three times, and his spouses were Sumaya bint Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad bin Muammar, Munira bint Muhammad Al Majrur Al Jabour Al Subaie and Al Anoud bint Muhanna bin Abdul Rahman Al Muhanna Aba Al Khail.[8] He had 23 children.[8] His sons have served in both government and military posts. His son Faisal was previously deputy governor of Asir Province, and served as governor of Al-Qassim Region from 1992 to 2015 when he was appointed governor of Riyadh. Another son, Abdulaziz, was deputy chief of the Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah (Intelligence Presidency) until 5 October 2012 when he resigned from the post.[9][10][11] Bandar's third son, Prince Khalid, served as the president of general intelligence, the governor of Riyadh Province, and a Lieutenant General and commander in the Royal Saudi Land Forces.[12][13][14] A fourth son, Mansour, was a Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) officer who served as the commander of a McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle squadron at King Abdul-Aziz Air Base (Dhahran) in the early 1980s.[4] His son Turki is also a military officer who has been serving as the commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force since 2018.[15] One of his younger sons, Abdullah bin Bandar, has been minister of National Guard since December 2018.[16][17]

Bandar died in July 2019, reportedly aged 96.[18] Funeral prayers were held in Great Mosque in Mecca on 29 July 2019.[19]

Honors edit

Prince Bandar was the recipient of the following decorations: Order of the Republic (first grade), Order of the Nile and Order of the Kingdom of Iraq.[20]

Ancestry edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Talal Kapoor (8 October 2012). "Succession Issues - A Generational Change In Dynamic". Datarabia. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Biography of Bazzah". Datarabia. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  3. ^ Winberg Chai, ed. (2005). Saudi Arabia: A Modern Reader. Indianapolis, IN: University of Indianapolis Press. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-88093-859-4.
  4. ^ a b c d e Simon Henderson (1994). After King Fahd: Succession in Saudi Arabia. Washington DC. ISBN 978-0944029558. Retrieved 16 August 2015.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. ^ a b c Sabri Sharif (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. New Delhi: I. S. Publication. ISBN 81-901254-0-0.
  6. ^ Ayman Al Yassini (August 1982). The Relationship between Religion and State in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (PhD thesis). McGill University. OCLC 896879684.
  7. ^ Mohammed bin Faisal Al Saud (2014). "The Well of Influence". In Emmy Abdul Alim (ed.). Global Leaders in Islamic Finance: Industry Milestones and Reflections. Singapore: Wiley. p. 56. doi:10.1002/9781118638804.ch3. ISBN 978-1-118-46524-0.
  8. ^ a b "بعد وفاة الأمير بندر .. من هم أبناء وبنات ملك السعودية المؤسس الأحياء؟". Masr Al Arabia (in Arabic). 29 July 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Saudi Arabia replaces deputy chief of intelligence". Al Arabiya. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  10. ^ "U.S. President congratulates Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques". Ain al Yaqeen. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Prince Abdulaziz bin Bandar Relieved of Post". Saudi Press Agency. Jeddah. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Saudi king names Prince Khalid bin Bandar as new Riyadh governor". Middle East Online. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Prince Khalid bin Bandar in Turkey". Saudi Press Agency. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Khaled appointed Riyadh governor, Turki his deputy". Arab News. Jeddah. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Turki Bandar Abdulaziz". Dhownet. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  16. ^ "A number of Royal Orders Issued 2 Riyadh". Saudi Press Agency. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Face Of: Abdullah bin Bandar, deputy governor of Makkah region". Arab News. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Saudi King Salman's brother Prince Bandar dies at 96". Times of Israel. AFP. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Tributes following death of Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Arabian Business. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  20. ^ Publitec Publications, ed. (2007). Who's Who in the Arab World 2007-2008 (18th ed.). Beirut: Publitec Publications. p. 717. doi:10.1515/9783110930047. ISBN 9783598077357.

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