Mansour bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Mansour bin Abdulaziz
Minister of Defense
In office 10 November 1943 – 2 May 1951
Predecessor Office established
Successor Mishaal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Monarch King Abdulaziz
Issue Prince Talal
Princess Muhdi
Full name
Mansour bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Abdulaziz
Mother Shahida
Born 1921
Died 2 May 1951 (aged 29–30)
Burial Al Adl cemetery, Mecca
Religion Islam

Mansour bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1921 – 2 May 1951) (Arabic: منصور بن عبد العزيز آل سعود) was the first defense minister of Saudi Arabia and a member of Saudi royal family, House of Saud.

Early life[edit]

Prince Mansour was born in 1921.[1] He was the ninth son of King Abdulaziz.[2] However, William A. Eddy argues that Prince Mansour is the sixth son of King Abdulaziz.[3]

His mother was an Armenian woman, Shahida (died 1938),[4] who was reportedly the favorite wife of King Abdulaziz.[5] Prince Mansour had two full brothers, Prince Mishaal and Prince Mutaib and a full sister, Princess Qumash, who died on 26 September 2011.[6]


Prince Mansour was the emir of Murabba Palace in 1943.[7] He officially visited Cairo.[7] Then he was appointed minister of defense by King Abdulaziz on 10 November 1943 when office was established.[8] Prince Muhammad and Prince Mansour accompanied King Abdulaziz in the latter's meeting with the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 14 February 1945.[3][9] He also participated in King Abdulaziz's meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Egypt in February 1945.[10] Prince Mansour's term as defense minister lasted until his death in 1951, and was replaced by his full brother Prince Mishaal who had been his deputy at the ministry.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Prince Mansour was married and had two children, Talal and Muhdi.[11] Prince Talal (born 1951) was raised by his uncle Prince Mutaib following the death of his father.[1] Prince Mutaib's daughter, Princess Nouf, married Prince Talal.[1] Prince Mansour's second wife was Princess Zahwa bint Abdulaziz bin Suleiman with whom he had a daughter, Nora, who died in infancy.


Prince Mansour died of alcohol poisoning after a party hosted by then-Riyadh governor Nasser bin Abdulaziz[12] on 2 May 1951.[1] He was buried in Al Adl cemetery, Mecca.[13] Upon hearing of this event, King Abdulaziz threw Prince Nasser in jail. Nasser bin Abdulaziz subsequently lost his post and never returned to public life.[12]


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  2. ^ Mouline, Nabil (April–June 2012). "Power and generational transition in Saudi Arabia". Critique Internationale 46: 1–22. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Eddy, William A. (2005). FDR meets Ibn Saud. Vista: Selwa Press. 
  4. ^ "Biography of Shahida". Datarabia. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Kechichian, Joseph A. (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. New York City: Palgrave. 
  6. ^ "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques performs funeral prayer on the soul of Princess Gumash bint Abdulaziz". Riyadh Municipality. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "The King of Arabia". Life. 31 May 1943. p. 72. ISSN 0024-3019. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Royal Saudi Land Forces History". Global Security. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Lippman, Thomas W. (April–May 2005). "The Day FDR Met Saudi Arabia's Ibn Saud". The Link 38 (2): 1–12. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Riyadh. The capital of monotheism". Business and Finance Group. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Family Tree of Mansur bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "The new successıon law preserves the monarchy". Wikileaks. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Al-Adl: One of Makkah's oldest cemeteries". Saudi Gazette. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.