Ahmad Shah, Crown Prince of Afghanistan
|Ahmad Shah Khan|
|Crown Prince of Afghanistan|
|Tenure||23 July 2007 – present|
|Predecessor||Mohammed Zahir Shah|
|Successor||Muhammad Zahir Khan|
|Prince Muhammad Zahir Khan
Prince Muhammad Emel Khan
Princess Hawa Khanum
|House||House of Barakzai|
|Father||Mohammed Zahir Shah|
|Born||23 September 1934|
|History of Afghanistan|
At the time of his birth he was second in the line of succession to the throne after his older brother Crown Prince Muhammad Akbar Khan. However following the death of his brother on November 26, 1942, he became first in the line of succession and the heir apparent and Crown Prince.
His father's reign ended on July 17, 1973, when he was ousted by a coup with Afghanistan being declared a republic. The Crown Prince was one of fourteen members of the royal family arrested following the coup. He was allowed to leave the country for Rome on July 26. Following the overthrow of the monarchy, the Crown Prince settled in Virginia and took to writing poetry.[dead link]
Since the death of his father on July 23, 2007, he is the oldest surviving male heir of the last king of Afghanistan.
Marriage and children
He was married at Kabul in 1961 to Princess Khatul Begum the daughter of Sardar Muhammad Umar Khan Zikeria, by his wife, Princess Sultana Begum. He has two sons and one daughter:
- Prince Muhammad Zahir Khan (born 1962).
- Prince Muhammad Emel Khan (born 1969).
- Princess Hawa Khanum (born 1963).
|Ancestors of Ahmad Shah, Crown Prince of Afghanistan|
- Middle East Economic Digest, page 3
- The head that wore the Crown
Ahmad Shah, Crown Prince of AfghanistanBorn: 23 September 1934
|Titles in pretence|
King Mohammed Zahir Shah
|— TITULAR —
King of Afghanistan
23 July 2007 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy overthrown in 1973
Prince Muhammad Zahir Khan
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