Fuad II (Arabic: فؤاد الثاني), (full name: Ahmed Fuad The Second; born 16 January 1952 as Prince Ahmad Fuad) is a member of the Egyptian Muhammad Ali dynasty. He formally reigned as the last King of Egypt and the Sudan from July 1952 to June 1953, when he was deposed.
|King of Egypt and the Sudan|
|Reign||26 July 1952 – 18 June 1953|
Muhammad Naguib as President of Egypt
|Born||16 January 1952|
Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Kingdom of Egypt
(m. 1976; div. 1996)
|Issue||Muhammad Ali, Prince of the Sa'id|
Life and familyEdit
Ahmed Fuad Farouk
|Reference style||His Majesty|
|Spoken style||Your Majesty|
Fuad II was born on 16 January 1952 and ascended the throne on 26 July 1952 upon the abdication of his father, King Farouk, following the Egyptian revolution in 1952. Farouk had hoped that his abdication would appease the revolutionaries and other anti-royalist forces and that his son could serve as a unifying force for the country.
Fuad II was less than a year old at the time of his accession to the throne, and his reign would prove to be short; thus, he was never formally crowned. Upon Farouk's abdication, the now former king was exiled, and the new king Fuad II left Egypt with him and his family. The Council of Regency headed by Prince Muhammad Abdel Moneim (husband of Fatma Neslişah, granddaughter of the last Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI) formally represented Fuad II in Egypt during his absence.
However, the infant king reigned for less than a year until 18 June 1953, when Egypt was declared a republic. Fuad II was the 11th and last monarch of the Muhammad Ali dynasty, which had ruled Egypt (and later Sudan) since 1805. His name is sometimes spelled Fouad.
After being deposed, Fuad II was brought to Switzerland, where he was raised. He later moved to Paris, where he married and had three children before returning to the Lake Geneva area of Switzerland after his divorce.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat later restored Fuad II's Egyptian citizenship, and he was thus able to visit Egypt multiple times. In May 2010, he recorded a television interview with ONTV and talked about his visits to Egypt, how he felt about the Egyptian people, and their view of his late father.
Marriage and issueEdit
On 16 April 1976 in Paris, in a civil ceremony, he married Dominique-France Loeb-Picard (née Loeb, born 23 November 1948), the daughter of David-Robert Loeb and his wife, Paule-Madeleine Picard. She converted from Judaism to Islam. They married religiously on 5 October 1977 in Monaco and assumed the title of Queen Fadila of Egypt. The couple had three children before they divorced in 1996.
Their children are:
- Muhammad Ali, Prince of the Sa'id (born 5 February 1979); married Princess Noal Zaher Shah of Afghanistan, daughter of Prince Muhammed Daoud Pashtunyar Khan, on 30 August 2013. They have two children, a set of twins.
- Princess Fawzia-Latifa (born 12 February 1982); married Sylvain Jean-Baptiste Alexandre Renaudeau, on 19 January 2019. They have a son and a daughter.
- Prince Fakhruddin (born 25 August 1987).
|Ancestors of Fuad II of Egypt|
- Lagnado, Lucette (18 September 2010). "The Lonely King Without a Throne". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Je suis le dernier roi d'Égypte". L'Illustré. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh, ed. (1980). "The French Ancestry of King Farouk of Egypt". Burke's Royal Families of the World. Volume II: Africa & the Middle East. London: Burke's Peerage. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-85011-029-6. OCLC 18496936.
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