Badr bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
|Badr bin Abdulaziz|
|Deputy Commander of National Guard|
|In office||1967 – 2010|
|Spouse||Hessa bint Abdullah Al Sudairi|
|House||House of Saud|
|Mother||Haya bint Saad Al Sudairi|
|Died||1 April 2013 (aged 81)|
Early life and education
Prince Badr was born in 1932. His father was King Abdulaziz and Prince Badr was his 20th son. His mother was Haya bint Saad Al Sudairi, who died in Riyadh on 18 April 2003 of unstated causes at the age of 90 and was also buried in the aforementioned city. She was a member of powerful Sudairi family. Prince Badr's full brothers were late Prince Abdul Majeed and Prince Abdul Ilah. Prince Badr was educated in Riyadh.
Free Princes involvement
Badr bin Abdulaziz together with Prince Talal and Prince Fawwaz participated in the Free Princes Movement lasting from 1962 to 1964 and lived in exile, mostly in Beirut and Cairo. He was rehabilitated by King Faisal.
King Saud appointed Prince Badr as minister of transport in 1960 and then minister of communications in 1961. His tenure lasted just for one year until his participation to the Free Princes Movement. After his rehabilitation by King Faisal, Prince Badr was appointed deputy commander of Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) in 1967. In addition, he was part of the Saudi delegations in charge of different international missions.
He also supervised the Janadriah, an annual cultural festival held in and around Riyadh. Although King Abdullah supported him, Prince Badr tended to keep a low profile and did not take part in power struggles within the family. As deputy commander of the SANG he was appointed as a member to the newly founded National Security Council in 2005. In addition, he became a member of the allegiance council of Saudi Arabia, which is in charge of succession, when it was formed in 2007.
Prince Badr, the long-serving deputy commander of the SANG, had asked to be relieved from that role due to health concerns in November 2010. Minutes later, the agency announced that his request had been accepted. Prince Badr was referred to as an adviser to King Abdullah in United States diplomatic cables.
Prince Badr married Hessa bint Abdullah Al Sudairi, daughter of his maternal uncle. They had seven children, four daughters ans three sons. Eldest son Fahd is the governor of Al Jawf Province. Prince Fahd's spouse is Sarah bint Abdullah, daughter of King Abdullah and Hessa bint Trad Al Shaalan.
Prince Badr is reported to never have had a high public profile. Furthermore, he never exerted a large amount of executive control over the Guard during his tenure, though his influence there cannot be denied.
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