Princess Fadia Farouk (15 December 1943 – 28 December 2002) was born at the Abdeen Palace in Cairo, as the youngest daughter of the late King Farouk of Egypt and his first wife, the former Queen Farida. After her father was deposed during the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, the Princess lived in Italy for two years. She and her sisters were then sent to live in Switzerland, to attend boarding school. There, the Princess studied painting, became an accomplished equestrian and met her future husband during college.
On 17 February 1965, she married Pierre Alexievitch Orloff (born 13 December 1938), a Swiss geologist and descendant of the Russian Royal Family, at the Kensington Registry Office, in London. He converted to Islam, taking the name Sa'id Orloff. They had two sons, Michael-Shamel (born 2 September 1966) and Alexander-Ali (born 30 July 1969). The Princess worked as a translator for the Swiss Ministry of Tourism, being fluent in French, English, Italian and Spanish.
Princess Fadia died in Lausanne, Switzerland and was buried in the Al-Rifa'i Mosque in Cairo, Egypt.
|Ancestors of Princess Fadia of Egypt
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