Farouk of Egypt

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Farouk I
Farouk in 1946
King of Egypt and the Sudan
Reign28 April 1936 — 26 July 1952
Coronation29 July 1937
PredecessorFuad I
SuccessorFuad II
Prime Ministers
Head of the Royal House of Egypt
Tenure28 April 1936 — 18 March 1965
SuccessorFuad II
Born(1920-02-11)11 February 1920
Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Sultanate of Egypt
Died18 March 1965(1965-03-18) (aged 45)
San Camilo Hospital, Rome, Italy
Full name
Farouk bin Ahmed Fuad bin Ismail bin Ibrahim bin Muhammad Ali bin Ibrahim Agha
FatherFuad I of Egypt
MotherNazli Sabri
ReligionSunni Islam
SignatureFarouk I's signature

Farouk I (/fəˈrk/; Arabic: فاروق الأول, full name: Farouk bin Ahmed Fuad bin Ismail bin Ibrahim bin Muhammad Ali bin Ibrahim Agha; 11 February 1920 — 18 March 1965) was the King of Egypt and the Sudan from 1936 until his abdication in 1952.

His full title was "His Majesty Farouk I, by the grace of God, King of Egypt and the Sudan". As king, Farouk was known for his extravagant playboy lifestyle. After the death of his father, King Fuad I in 1936, Farouk became king at the age of 16. He was very popular among the people. However, as time went by, Farouk's popularity slowly declined, perhaps due to the corruption and incompetence of his government.

Eventually, the Egyptian military, led by General Mohamed Naguib and the other Free Officers started a coup d'état. This started the Egyptian Revolution. Farouk was forced to abdicate the throne in favor of his infant son, Ahmed Fuad, who succeeded him as King Fuad II. However, a year later in 1953, the monarchy was abolished and Egypt was declared a republic. Mohamed Naguib became its first ever President. Farouk died in exile in Rome, Italy in 1965 at the age of 45.

His sister, Princess Fawzia Fuad, was the first wife and consort of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • الملك فاروق الأول [King Farouk I] (in Arabic). Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Memory of Modern Egypt Digital Archive. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
Farouk of Egypt
Muhammad Ali Dynasty
Born: 11 February 1920 Died: 18 March 1965
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Fuad I
King of Egypt
Sovereign of Nubia, the Sudan, Kordofan and Darfur

Name of title changed by
Law 176 of 16 October 1951
New title
Name of title changed by
Law 176 of 16 October 1951
King of Egypt and the Sudan
Succeeded by
Fuad II
Egyptian royalty
British Protectorate
Title last held by
Prince Muhammad Abdel Moneim
Heir to the Throne
Succeeded by
Prince Muhammad Ali Tawfiq
New title Prince of the Sa'id
as heir apparent
Title next held by
Ahmad Fuad, Prince of the Sa'id
later became King Fuad II

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