Mohammed Zahir Shah

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Mohammed Zahir Shah
King of Afghanistan
King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan in 1963.jpg
King Zahir in 1950s
Reign 8 November 1933 - 17 July 1973
Born 16 October 1914
Birthplace Kabul, Afghanistan
Died July 23, 2007(2007-07-23) (aged 92)
Place of death Kabul, Afghanistan
Buried Maranjan Hill
Predecessor Mohammed Nadir Shah
Successor Monarchy abolished Mohammed Daoud Khan as President of Afghanistan
Consort Humaira Begum (deceased 2002)
Royal House Barakzai
Father Mohammed Nadir Shah
Mother Mah Parwar Begum

Mohammed Zahir Shah (16 October 191423 July 2007) was the last King (Shah) of Afghanistan. He ruled for four decades, from 1933 to 1973.

Mohammed Zahir Shah became king of Afghanistan at the age of nineteen after the assassination of his father in November 1933. Since he was so young, his uncle, Shah Mahmood Khan ran the government. Mohammed Zahir Shah took control and was able to keep Afghanistan’s neutral position in international politics.

In July 17, 1973, Mohammed Zahir Shah was no longer king after a bloodless coup. He died on July 23, 2007(2007-07-23) (aged 92)