Fuad II of Egypt
Photograph after his birth in 1952
|King of Egypt and the Sudan|
|Reign||26 July 1952 – 18 June 1953|
Muhammad Naguib as President of Egypt
16 January 1952|
Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Kingdom of Egypt
(m. 1976; div. 1996)
Muhammad Ali, Prince of the Sa'id|
Fuad II (Arabic: فؤاد الثاني, Turkish: II. Fuat or Ahmet Fuat; born 16 January 1952 as Prince Ahmad Fuad) is a member of the Egyptian Muhammad Ali dynasty. He formally reigned as the last King of Egypt and the Sudan from July 1952 to June 1953, when he was deposed.
Life and family
Ahmed Fuad Farouk
|Reference style||His Majesty|
|Spoken style||Your Majesty|
He was born on 16 January 1952 and ascended the throne on 26 July 1952 upon the abdication of his father, King Farouk, following the Egyptian revolution in 1952. Farouk had hoped that his abdication would appease the revolutionaries and other anti-royalist forces, and that his son could serve as a unifying force for the country.
Fuad II was less than a year old at the time of his accession to the throne, thus he was never formally crowned. Upon Farouk's abdication, the now former king was exiled, and the new king Fuad II left Egypt with him and his family. The Council of Regency headed by Prince Muhammad Abdel Moneim (husband of Fatma Neslişah, granddaughter of the last Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI) formally represented Fuad II in Egypt during his absence.
However, the infant king reigned for less than a year until 18 June 1953, when Egypt was declared a republic. Fuad II was the 11th and last monarch of the Muhammad Ali dynasty, which had ruled Egypt (and later Sudan) since 1805. His name is sometimes spelled Fouad.
After being deposed, Fuad II was brought to Switzerland, where he was raised. He later moved to Paris, where he married and had three children before returning to the Lake Geneva area of Switzerland after his divorce.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat later restored Fuad II's Egyptian citizenship, and he was thus able to visit Egypt multiple times. In May 2010, he recorded a television interview with ONTV and talked about his visits to Egypt, how he felt about the Egyptian people, and their view of his late father.
Marriage and issue
In 1976, he married Dominique-France Loeb-Picard (née Loeb, born 23 November 1948), the daughter of Robert Loeb and his wife, Paule-Madeleine Picard. She converted from Judaism to Islam and assumed the title of Queen Fadila of Egypt. The couple had three children before they divorced in 1996.
Their children are:
- HRH Muhammad Ali, Prince of the Sa'id (born 5 February 1979); married Princess Noal Zaher, daughter of Prince Muhammed Daoud Pashtunyar Khan, on 30 August 2013
- HRH Princess Fawzia-Latifa (born 12 February 1982)
- HRH Prince Fakhruddin (born 25 August 1987)
Titles and styles
- 16 January 1952 – 26 July 1952: His Royal Highness The Prince of the Sa'id
- 26 July 1952 – 18 June 1953: His Majesty The King
- 18 June 1953 – present: His Majesty King Fuad of Egypt and the Sudan
|Ancestors of Fuad II of Egypt|
- Egyptian Revolution of 1952
- List of monarchs of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty
- List of monarchs who lost their thrones in the 20th and 21st centuries
- List of shortest-reigning monarchs
- Lagnado, Lucette (2010-09-18). "The Lonely King Without a Throne". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
- "Je suis le dernier roi d'Égypte". L'Illustré. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- Elbendary, Amina (7–13 February 2002). "Happy birthday, Your Majesty". Al-Ahram Weekly (572). Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
Prince of the Sa'id (Upper Egypt) — Ahmed Fouad's title, the same his father held before assuming the throne...
- Hofstadter, Dan (1973). Egypt & Nasser. Volume 1. New York: Facts on File. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-87196-203-4.
After Farouk's abdication, the cabinet of Aly Maher said in a proclamation: "The Council of Ministers proclaims his majesty Ahmed Fuad II as king of Egypt and the Sudan...
- Lagnado, Lucette (18 September 2010). "The Lonely King Without a Throne". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
He has a passport from Monaco that identifies him as His Royal Highness Prince Ahmed Fouad Farouk.
- Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh, ed. (1980). "The French Ancestry of King Farouk of Egypt". Burke's Royal Families of the World. Volume II: Africa & the Middle East. London: Burke's Peerage. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-85011-029-6. OCLC 18496936.
- الملك أحمد فؤاد الثاني [King Ahmad Fuad II] (in Arabic). Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Memory of Modern Egypt Digital Archive. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
- "King Ahmad Fouad II". Official Website of the Egyptian Presidency. Archived from the original on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
- Hammudah, Adil (1991). Al-Malik Ahmad Fu'ad al-Thani, al-malik al-akhir wa-'arsh Misr [King Ahmad Fuad II, the Last King and the Throne of Egypt] (in Arabic). Cairo: Sifinks. ISBN 978-977-5185-06-8. OCLC 29394467. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
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Fuad II of EgyptBorn: 16 January 1952
| King of Egypt and the Sudan
26 July 1952 – 18 June 1953
as President of Egypt
| Prince of the Sa'id
16 January 1952 – 26 July 1952
Title next held byMuhammad Ali
|Titles in pretence|
|Loss of title
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King of Egypt and the Sudan
18 June 1953 – present