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Successful Surgery For Saudi King

  November 19, 2012 at 9:57 am by

The Royal Saudi Court announced in a statement that King Abdullah has undergone a successful back surgery at the National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Hospital, in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. This is the fourth back operation that the Saudi monarch has undergone since 2010. In 2012, the 87-year old King underwent two surgeries, one for a slipped disk and a blood clot pressing on nerves, the second was stabilize … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: IOC Membership

  July 26, 2012 at 5:48 am by

Continuing with our look at Royals and the Olympics, today the TRF Blog focuses on royals – both reigning and non-reigning – who are members of the International Olympic Committee. There are a number of royals who have current IOC membership, listed here in alphabetical order of the country they represent, as well as three who were made Honorary Members following the end of their active membership. Many of these … Continue reading

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Prince Bandar Named Saudi Intelligence Chief

  July 20, 2012 at 5:32 am by

The former ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan has been appointed as intelligence chief. A decree which was published on the the Saudi Press Agency site said “His Royal Highness Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz is relieved from his position as head of the Presidency of General Intelligence and appointed a special envoy and advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah with the rank … Continue reading

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Prince Salman Appointed Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

  June 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm by

Following the funeral of the late Crown Prince Nayef Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has appointed his brother, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, as Crown Prince, deputy Premier and Minister of Defense. The new Crown Prince who is the second Saudi heir in less than a year, after the death of his brothers, the late former Crown Princes Sultan and Nayef, … Continue reading

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Saudi Crown Prince Passes Away

  June 18, 2012 at 12:31 am by

The Royal Saudi Court announced on Saturday the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, deputy premier and interior minister. The 79-year-old Saudi Crown Prince, who died in Geneva, left Saudi Arabia last month for scheduled medical check-ups abroad. His funeral prayer was be performed after the Sunday Maghreb (sunset) prayer at the Holy Mosque in Makkah, as the Saudi press agency reported. Prince Nayef was the … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Nayef Flies Abroad for Medical Check-Up

  May 27, 2012 at 6:06 am by

The Saudi press agency reported this Saturday that Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud left the Kingdom on a private vacation abroad for scheduled medical tests. According to the Saudi Royal Court, the 79 year-old Prince had spent a month-long private visit in Algeria earlier this year after previous reassuring medical tests. Crown Prince Nayef, who has also been serving as the Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia since … Continue reading

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Saudi & Qatar Royals Attend Charity Dinner

  December 15, 2011 at 7:31 am by

On December 13, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, Qatar Foundation Chairperson, HRH Prince Waleed bin Talal and his spouse HRH Princess Amira Al Taweel attended the 4th Reach Out to Asia (Rota) gala dinner and charity auction raised $13 million to support Rota education projects in troubled Asian communities. The highest bidder of the charity event was by Saudi Prince Waleed bin Talal, who donated more than $3m. During … Continue reading

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Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Appointed as New Heir

  October 28, 2011 at 8:19 am by

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has appointed his brother, Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior. According to the Saudi press agency, SPA, the monarch issued his royal order after notifying the Chief and members of the Allegiance-Pledge Commission about his choice during a meeting held at his palace in Riyadh earlier. Crown Prince Nayef … Continue reading

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Who Might be Saudi’s Next Heir?

  October 26, 2011 at 4:34 am by

Since the death of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Sultan on Saturday, the seat of Crown Prince has been empty. King Abdullah is to name a Crown Prince today or in the next few days, which will be chosen through the “allegiance council,” established by King Abdullah in 2006. Even though the Crown Prince had a deputy, Interior Minister Prince Nayef, the position does not go automatically to him. The council … Continue reading

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Funeral of Saudi Crown Prince

  October 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm by

Carried by his sons and brothers, Saudi Arabia’s late Crown Prince, Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, has been buried in the Al-Oud Cemetery, the resting place of many members of his family. The funeral service, which took place at Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, was held in presence of the late 85 year-old heir’s brother, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud. It was also attended by number of … Continue reading

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Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Dies

  October 22, 2011 at 4:19 am by

The Royal Saudi Court announced this Saturday the death of 85 year old Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,Saudi Arabia’s deputy Prime Minister and minister of defense and aviation. The Royal Court statement said, “With deep sorrow and grief, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced that his brother and faithful Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister … Continue reading

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Princess Amira in the States

  October 3, 2011 at 7:48 am by

During her trip to the United States of America, Princess Amira Al-Taweel, the Vice Chairwoman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation (which is chaired by her husband, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud) took part in various interviews by different media channels, discussing topics such as the empowerment of women, as well as her active role in philanthropy. Princess Amira was interviewed by Piers Morgan for CNN, Margaret … Continue reading

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Saudi Monarch gives Women Right to Vote

  September 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm by

For the first time in his Kingdom’s history, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud has given Saudi women the right to participate in future municipal elections. The 87-year-old monarch made his announcement in his annual message at the Shura Council. He said, “Starting with the next term, women will have the right to run in municipal elections and to choose candidates, according to Islamic principles,” adding, “We have decided that … Continue reading

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The Royals and Ground Zero: 9/11 Ten Years On

  September 11, 2011 at 6:38 am by

It was the moment which caused the world to stand still – 08:46 local time, September 11th, 2001, New York City. The World Trade Centre’s North Tower is hit by an American Airlines flight from Boston, en route to Los Angeles. The words “hijacking”, “terrorism” and “9/11” are from that moment forever imprinted in the minds of the world’s population. Less than twenty minutes later, it becomes clear that this … Continue reading

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Sheikh Khalid Al Khalifa Marries Princess Sahab of Saudi Arabia

  June 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm by

HH Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain tied the knot on June 16, 2011 with HRH Princess Sahab Al Saud, the daughter of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia. According to the Bahraini news agency, the ceremony took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and was attended by members of Al Saud and Al Kalifa royal families. Sheikh Khalid was born in September 1989 as the fifth … Continue reading

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Saudi King attends Sister’s Funeral

  April 19, 2011 at 3:47 am by

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, and Crown Prince Sultan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence and Aviation, attended the funeral prayer for Princess Seeta bint Abdul Aziz at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. After the funeral prayer, King Abdullah received condolences. Princess Seeta, who passed away at the age of 80, was Saudi’s King Abdullah’s sister who … Continue reading

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Saudi Prince Khalid bin Bandar Al Saud weds Lucy Cuthbert

  March 31, 2011 at 8:19 am by

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud tied the knot with Miss Lucy Cuthbert, the niece of the Duke of Northumberland, on March 28th. The ceremony, which was very simple, took place at the registery office in Oxford and was attended by a few of the couple’s family members and friends. Prince Khalid, who is 33 years old, is part of the Al Saud dynasty and … Continue reading

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Saudi King to Return Back Home Next Week

  February 19, 2011 at 3:17 am by

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, is expected to return back to Saudi Arabia very soon after a long recovery absence. The Saudi press reported this weekend that the 86 year-old monarch has arrived in Casablanca, Morocco for a short recovery stop before returning back home next week. The press also covered the preparations for the King’s arrival celebrations all over … Continue reading

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Saudi King Alive

  February 10, 2011 at 9:00 am by

There have been rumors today surfing the net that Saudi Arabia’s 86 year old King Abdullah Al Saud has died. A Saudi source has told news agencies that “The rumours aren’t true.” King Abdullah has been away from the public eye for about two months since he underwent surgery twice after a blood clot complicated a slipped disc in the United States and is currently recovering in Morocco since January. … Continue reading

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Late King Fahad’s Son Marries

  December 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm by

HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi, State Minister, Cabinet Member and Chief of the Premiership Diwan married on Tuesday December 21, 2010 in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Prince Abdulaaziz married Princess Mashael, who is the daughter of Prince Faisal bin Meshal bin Abdulaziz. HRH Prince Abdulaziz was the late King Fahad’s youngest and favorite son, he is currently 37 years old. … Continue reading

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