Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco

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Prince Moulay Rachid
Prince of Morocco
Born (1970-06-20) 20 June 1970 (age 45)
Rabat, Morocco
Spouse Oum Kalthoum Boufarès
Full name
Rachid El Alaoui
Dynasty Alaouite
Father Hassan II
Mother Lalla Latifa Hammou
Religion Islam
Moroccan Royal Family
Coat of arms of Morocco.svg

HH Princess Lalla Latifa

HRH Princess Lalla Lamia

HRH Princess Lalla Malika

Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco, also known as Prince Moulay Rachid ben al-Hassan, GCVO, (Arabic: الأمير مولاي رشيد بن الحسن‎) was born on 20 June 1970 in Rabat as the youngest male child of the late King Hassan II and his second wife, Lalla Latifa Hammou. He holds a doctorate in international politics and serves Morocco as a diplomat. He is currently second in the line of succession to the Moroccan throne.

Early life and education[edit]

After primary and secondary studies at the Royal College in Rabat and obtaining the Baccalauréat in June 1989, he entered Mohammed V University in Rabat to start his higher studies in Law. In May 1993, Prince Moulay Rachid obtained his Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) majoring in economic and social law. The same year the Prince received his License to Practice Law – Public Law with the mention “very good”. On 29 June 1995, the Prince completed his graduate studies and received a Master of Law (LL.M.) in Political Science, with mention “very good”. The Bosnia question was the subject of his research and the thesis that the Prince presented and supported publicly. In order to complete his training for his postgraduate education, in November 1993, the Prince started an internship with the United Nations in New York. On 18 May 2001, the Prince presented his doctorate thesis on the Organisation of the Islamic Conference at the Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV, which merited a specific mention for the quality of his work. On 21 June 1996, the Prince successfully completed the written and oral tests for his postgraduate education and received a postgraduate Degree in International Relations, with mention “very good”.

In addition to his native language Arabic, the Prince speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Military career[edit]

In July 1994, Prince Moulay Rachid was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the Royal Moroccan Navy. In July 2000, Prince Moulay Rachid was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.


Prince Moulay Rachid is also the honorary president of:

  • Grand Heart Association (2006)
  • Moroccan Falconers Association Al-Noubala (2007)
  • Royal Moroccan Yachting Federation
  • Royal Moroccan Skiing and Mountaineering Federation
  • Moroccan Environmental Protection Association, Moroccan – Far East Association
  • Spanish Social Service Association, Maghreb Association for Research and the Fight Against AIDS
  • Moroccan Association of Law Students in France


Prince Moulay Rachid is the second son and fifth child of King Hassan II and his wife, Lalla Latifa Hammou. Prince Moulay Rachid has one older brother, King Mohammed VI, and three sisters, Princess Lalla Meryem, Princess Lalla Asma and Princess Lalla Hasna.

Prince Moulay Rachid as heir to the Moroccan throne[edit]

In 1999, after the death of his father and the enthronement of his brother King Mohammed VI, the prince became crown prince, but in 2002, this position to his newborn nephew Moulay Hassan. The Prince is now a second in line to the throne.

In 1999, a few Moroccan and international governments and analysts argued that Prince Moulay Rachid might be better suited for the job of the king than his brother Mohammed VI. They expressed their concern that Mohammed VI might not have adequate expertise to deal with the Islamists.[1]

Fouad Mourtada controversy[edit]

On 5 February 2008, Fouad Mourtada was arrested on suspicion of stealing the identity of Prince Moulay Rachid by creating a fake profile on Facebook as a joke. Although Prince Moulay Rachid did not seek to press charges, on 23 February, Fouad Mourtada was sentenced to three years in jail and fined 10,000 dirhams (~1,350 USD).[2] After local protests and international criticism, Fouad Mourtada was granted a royal pardon on 19 March 2008 just days before an appeal hearing.[3][4]


On 15 June 2014, he married Oum Kalthum Boufarès (born 1987). She is daughter of Moulay El Mamoun Boufarès, former Minister of Interior, and maternal granddaughter of Lalla Khadija (a cousin of Mohammed V).[5]


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]



  1. ^ Nicolas Beau et Catherine Graciet. Quand le Maroc sera islamiste (PDF) (in French). Editions La Découverte. ISBN 978-2-7071-5286-2. 
  2. ^ "Jail for Facebook spoof Moroccan". BBC News. February 23, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ Morocco 'Facebook prince' pardon, BBC News, 19 March 2008. Accessed 5 July 2008.
  4. ^ Royal pardon for Internet user, condemned to three years of jail for creating spoof Facebook for prince, Reporters Without Borders, 19 March 2008. Accessed 5 July 2008. Archived 3 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Wedding in Morocco
  6. ^ Royal Ark
  7. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  8. ^ Quirinale web site
  9. ^ Royal Ark

External links[edit]

Royal titles
Preceded by
HRH The Crown Prince
Line of succession to the Moroccan Throne Next:
Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco
as Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco