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List of kings of Iraq

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The King of Iraq (Arabic: ملك العراق‎, romanizedMālik al-‘Irāq) was Iraq's head of state and monarch from 1921 to 1958. He served as the head of the Iraqi monarchy—the House of Hashim. The King was addressed as His Majesty (صاحب الجلالة).

King of Iraq
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Iraq.svg
Faisal II of Iraq.jpg
Faisal II
StyleHis Majesty
First monarchFaisal I
Last monarchFaisal II
Formation23 August 1921
Abolition14 July 1958
ResidenceRoyal Palace, Baghdad, Iraq
Pretender(s)Ra'ad bin Zeid


After World War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the three provinces (vilayets) of Ottoman Iraq came under the control of the United Kingdom. Under British occupation, the people rebelled and Iraq showed itself a hard land to govern. In order to establish a pro-British client regime, a dynasty of Hashemite kings from Hejaz was established, beginning with Faisal I who was the son of Hussein bin Ali. As a family originating in the Hejaz, the House of Hashim was foreign to Iraq. The British Government appointed them as Iraq's royal family after a rigged plebiscite.[1] The Hashemites were largely opposed by the majority Iraqi Shi'is and Kurds. The Kingdom of Iraq existed until an Iraqi nationalist coup d'état in 1958 known as the 14 July Revolution established the Republic of Iraq.

King-designate of Iraq (1920)Edit

NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
عبد الله الأول بن الحسين
February 1882 – 20 July 1951
(aged 69)
19201920Designated by Cairo Conference. Never took throneHashemite 

Kings of Iraq (1921–1958)Edit

NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
Faisal I
  • فيصل الأول
(1883-05-20)20 May 1883 – 8 September 1933(1933-09-08) (aged 50)23 August 19218 September 1933Previously King of Syria for a short period in 1920. Brother of AbdullahHashemite 
Ghazi I
  • غازي الأول
(1912-03-21)21 March 1912 – 4 April 1939(1939-04-04) (aged 27)8 September 19334 April 1939Son of Faisal IHashemite 
Faisal II
  • فيصل الثاني
(1935-05-02)2 May 1935 – 14 July 1958(1958-07-14) (aged 23)4 April 193914 July 1958
Son of Ghazi IHashemite 


Faisal II of IraqGhazi of IraqFaisal I of Iraq 

Royal StandardEdit

Royal Standard of the King

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Anderson, Terry H. (2011). Bush's Wars. Oxford University Press. p. 12. ISBN 9780199747528.