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Talal ibn Abd al-Aziz
Born August 15, 1932 (1932-08-15) (age 77)
Ta’if, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Saudi Arabian
Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
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Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
House of Saud
Abdul-Aziz al Saud

Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (Arabic: طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود ‎) (born 1932), sometimes called "The Red Prince", is a member of the House of Saud and a half brother to King Abdullah.

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Controversy

Prince Talal was one of a group of reformers and leader within the royal family known as the Free Princes. In 1958 he wrote a proposed constitution for Saudi Arabia which would have created a constitutional monarchy and expanded civil rights. He began to assemble an elected advisory committee, but his ideas were rejected by the king, and religious leaders in Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa declaring his constitution to be contrary to Islamic law. In 1961 the kingdom revoked his passport and attempted to silence him, but he expatriated to Egypt and declared himself a socialist. There, influenced by Gamal Abdel Nasser, Talal continued to push for reform and criticise the leadership of the Kingdom.

In 1964 Talal agreed to temper his criticisms in exchange for permission to reenter Saudi Arabia. He is now a successful businessman and prominent philanthropist. Though a senior member of the Al Saud, his past political forays may have diluted any hopes of a future claim for the throne, though he denies it.

Prince Talal resumed his push for reform in Saudi Arabia in September 2007, when he announced his desire to form a political party (illegal in Saudi Arabia) to advance his goal of liberalizing the country.

International Positions

Bust of Talal ibn Abd al-Aziz at the WHO building in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Development & Political

Humanitarian Activities

  • Foreign Education Scholarships from HRH's personal expense to Saudi students.
  • Founded the first school of Vocational Training in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1954.
  • Founded the first Girls School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1957.
  • Donated to the Saudi Government Al-Zahra Palace in Taif where he was born to be the first Boys Collage in 1957.
  • Founded the first Private Hospital in Riyadh city in 1957, 70% of its returns was for free health care, 10% for children's health care, Donated the Hospital to the Government and was named after his father King Abdulaziz University Hospital.
  • Founded the Arab Gulf Program for the United Nations Development Organizations in 1980 to help the 3rd world countries to implement human development and fight poverty.

Family

Wives

  • Um Faisal bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Divorced)
  • Mona Riad El-Solh, Mother of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and prince Khalid Bin Talal(Divorced)
  • Moudie bint Abdulmohsen Alangary, Mother of Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Divorced)
  • Princess Magdah bint Turki Al Sudairi, Mother of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, daughter of Human Rights Commission President Sheikh Turki bin Khaled Al Sudairi, a cousin of the Sudairi Seven.

Sons

Daughters

  • HRH Princess Rima
  • HRH Princess Sara
  • HRH Princess Noura
  • HRH Princess Al Johara
  • HRH Princess Hebatallah
  • HRH Princess El Maha
  • "HRH Princess Alia

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Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (born 1931) sometimes called "The Red Prince", is a member of the House of Saud and a half brother to King Abdullah.

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