Badr bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

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Badr bin Abdulaziz
Deputy Commander of National Guard
In office 1967 – 2010
Monarch King Faisal
King Khalid
King Fahd
King Abdullah
Born 1932
Died 1 April 2013 (aged 80–81)
Spouse Hessa bint Abdullah Al Sudairi
Issue Prince Fahd
Full name
Badr bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father King Abdulaziz
Mother Haya bint Sa'ad Al Sudairi
Religion Wahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam

Badr bin Abdulaziz (1932 – 1 April 2013) (Arabic: بدر بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎) was a long-term deputy commander of the Saudi National Guard and a senior member of the Saudi royal family.

Early life and education[edit]

Prince Badr was born in 1932.[1] He was the 20th son of King Abdulaziz.[2] His mother was Haya bint Sa'ad 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.[3] She was a member of the powerful Sudairi family.[3] Prince Badr's full brothers were late Prince Abdul Majeed and Prince Abdul Ilah.[4][5] Prince Badr was educated in Riyadh.[6]

Free Princes involvement[edit]

Badr bin Abdulaziz together with Prince Talal and Prince Fawwaz participated in the Free Princes Movement lasting from 1962 to 1964[7][8] 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.[2][9][10] His tenure lasted just for one year until his participation to the Free Princes Movement.[11] After his rehabilitation by King Faisal, Prince Badr was appointed deputy commander of Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) in 1967.[12] In addition, he was part of the Saudi delegations in charge of different international missions.[6]

He also supervised the Janadriah, an annual cultural festival held in and around Riyadh.[13] Although King Abdullah supported him, Prince Badr tended to keep a low profile and did not take part in power struggles within the family.[13] As deputy commander of the SANG he was appointed as a member to the newly founded National Security Council in 2005.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16][17] Minutes later, the agency announced that his request had been accepted.[18][19] Prince Badr was referred to as an adviser to King Abdullah in United States diplomatic cables.[15][20]

Personal life[edit]

Prince Badr married Hessa bint Abdullah Al Sudairi, daughter of his maternal uncle.[21] They had seven children, four daughters and three sons.[21] Eldest son Fahd is the governor of Al Jawf Province.[22] Prince Fahd's spouse is Sarah bint Abdullah, daughter of King Abdullah and Hessa bint Trad Al Shaalan.[21]

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.[23]


Prince Badr died on 1 April 2013 at the age of 81.[9][24] Funeral prayers for him were held after Asr prayer at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh on 2 April.[25]


Foreign honour[edit]



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  2. ^ a b "Saudi Prince Bader Bin Abdul Aziz dies at age 81". Al Arabiya. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "One of the wives of King Abdulaziz dies". Albawaba. 3 May 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Princess Haya, 90; Wife of a Founder of Modern Saudi Arabia". Los Angeles Times. 5 May 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Princess Haya Bint Saad Al Sudairi, 90, Wife of Modern Saudi Arabia Founder". Sun Sentinel. 7 May 2003. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Prince Badr mourned". MENAFN. 2 April 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  7. ^ Simon Henderson (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  8. ^ Simon Henderson (August 2009). "After King Abdullah" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Saudi Prince Bader bin Abdulaziz dies". Gulf News. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  10. ^ Yitzhak Oron, Ed. Middle East Record Volume 2, 1961. The Moshe Dayan Center. p. 419. GGKEY:4Q1FXYK79X8. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  11. ^ Islam Yasin Qasem (16 February 2010). "Neo-rentier theory: The case of Saudi Arabia (1950-2000)" (PDF). Leiden University. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Saudi Succession Developments" (PDF). Foreign Reports. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  13. ^ a b Taheri, Amir (2012). "Saudi Arabia: Change Begins within the Family". The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. 34 (3): 138 143. doi:10.1080/10803920.2012.686725.
  14. ^ "Saudi Arabia: Security Reforms and the House of Saud". Lebanonwire (Stratfor). 20 October 2005. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  15. ^ a b "Saudi Succession: Can the Allegiance Commission Work?". Wikileaks. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  16. ^ "Saudi king transfers National Guard duties to son". SPA. 2010. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  17. ^ Caryle Murphy (19 November 2010). "King Abdullah puts son in charge of national guard". The National. Riyadh. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  18. ^ Simon Henderson (29 November 2010). "The Geriatric Politics of the Oil Kingdom". The Cutting Edge. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  19. ^ "Prince Badr steps down, Prince Mit'eb appointed new commander of the National Guard". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Tokyo. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  20. ^ "Saudi Succession: What Happens If Crown Prince Sultan Dies Before the King?". Wikileaks. 25 November 2008. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  21. ^ a b c "Death of Prince Badr bin Abdulaziz Al Saud". Artemisia's Royal Den. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  22. ^ Sabri Sharaf (2001). The House of Saud in Commerce: A Study of Royal Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. Sharaf Sabri. p. 124. ISBN 978-81-901254-0-6. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  23. ^ Talal Kapoor (22 November 2010). "King Abdallah's Hospitalization - Succession Endgame?". Datarabia. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  24. ^ "Royal Court: Prince Badr bin Abdulaziz Al Saud dies". Al Riyadh. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  25. ^ "King Abdullah performs funeral prayer for Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz". SPA. Riyadh. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  26. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".