Saudi Arabia's HRH Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud dies
A funeral prayer is to be held at Makkah Grand Mosque for the father of the Governor of Riyadh, Prince Faisal Al Bandar
Saudi Arabia’s HRH Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, reportedly the eldest living son of the kingdom’s founding father, King Abdulaziz Al Saud – also known as Ibn Saud – has passed away, the Royal Court confirmed.
A funeral prayer will be performed at Makkah Grand Mosque on 29 July, Saudi Arabia’s state news agency, SPA, announced.
Condolences will be held at his palace in Riyadh, lasting for three days, starting from Tuesday 27/11/1440 H, and will be held after Maghrib prayer to 9pm.
According to Saudi Gazette, Prince Bandar did not assume any official posts in Saudi Arabia upon his request.
UAE daily The National reported that Prince Bandar’s children hold important posts in the kingdom.
This includes Prince Faisal bin Bandar as Governor of Riyadh, Prince Abdullah bin Bandar as head of the National Guard, and Prince Khalid bin Bandar as an advisor to King Salman, according to the UAE daily’s report.
UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a cable of condolences to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on the death of Prince Bandar.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent cables of condolences.
Representative of President of UAE, Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also sent in his condolences.
Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah; Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi; Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah; Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah; HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman; and Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, also sent in their condolences.
SPA reported that King Salman had also received messages of condolences from Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Crown Prince of Kuwait, and Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait.
King Salman received cables of condolences from King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and Crown Prince Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, as well as HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman.