Prince Zeid bin Hussein
|Zeid bin Hussein|
|Predecessor||Faisal II of Iraq|
|Successor||Ra'ad bin Zeid|
|Father||Hussein bin Ali|
|Born||February 28, 1898
|Died||October 18, 1970
Prince Zeid bin Hussein, GCVO, GBE (Arabic: الأمير زيد بن الحسين; February 28, 1898 – October 18, 1970) was a member of the Hashemite dynasty and the head of the Royal House of Iraq from 1958 until his death.
Prince Zeid was the only son of Hussein bin Ali, who was the Sharif and Emir of Mecca, and his third wife Adila Khanum. He was educated at Galatasaray High School in Stamboul (Istanbul), Constantinople College and Balliol College, Oxford.
From 1916 to 1919, Prince Zeid was the Commander of the Arab Northern Army. In 1918, T. E. Lawrence suggested that he be made king of a truncated Syria. The advent of French rule resulted in his assignment in 1923 to the Iraqi Cavalry and he was promoted to Colonel.
On July 14, 1958, Prince Zeid was appointed Head of the Royal House of Iraq, following the assassination of his great-nephew king Faisal II by General Muhammad Najib ar-Ruba'i, who proclaimed Iraq to be a republic. Zeid and his family continued to live in London, where the family resided during the coup, as Zeid was the Iraqi ambassador there.
Marriage and children
- HRH Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid - born February 18, 1936, married to Margaretha Inga Elisabeth Lind, now Majda Raad
- See map on display at the Imperial War Museum sketched by Lawrence in 1918 around the time of the Paris Peace Conference, showing Zeid as proposed monarch of a Syria comprising what is today western Syria, with "British influence".
Prince Zeid bin HusseinBorn: February 28 1898 Died: October 18 1970
|Titles in pretence|
King Faisal II killed during coup d'état
|— TITULAR —
King of Syria and Iraq
July 14, 1958 – October 18, 1970
Reason for succession failure:
Kingdom abolished in 1920 & 1958
Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid
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