Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud
: عبد الله بن عبد الرحمن آل سعود
ʿAbd Allāh bin ʿAbd ar Raḥman Āl Suʿūd
; 1893 – 4 December 1976)
was a senior member of the House of Saud
. He was a prominent advisor and member of the inner council of his elder half-brother, King Abdulaziz
, who ruled Saudi Arabia until 1953. He continued to be involved in state affairs until his death and enjoyed the role of elder statesman to his nephews King Saud
, King Faisal
, and King Khalid
Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman was prominent in the military campaigns of his elder brother Abdulaziz as he laid the foundations of the future state of Saudi Arabia.
He led the Saudi forced in the capture of Hijaz
He was responsible for the capture and destruction of the Ikhwan
centre of Ghat Ghat during the Ikhwan Revolt
He became a frequent participant in the political committee formed by the King in 1932 following the establishment of Saudi Arabia.
Prince Abdullah and other senior family members met with King Abdulaziz upon the latter's request in late December 1934 to reaffirm their allegiance to Crown Prince Saud who had been appointed to the post in May 1933.
However, Abdullah and his brothers, Muhammad
and Ahmed, told the king that their allegiance to him was still active, but they did not renew their allegiance to the crown prince.
Then they sent a letter to King Abdulaziz explaining the reasons for their views about Crown Prince Saud.
However, Abdullah continued to be the key counsellor of the King, the member of the privy council, and one of the king's official advisors until the King's death in 1953.
He was a participant at the meeting with the British prime minister Winston Churchill
and was given a left-hand side Rolls-Royce.
He also accompanied King Abdulaziz to the meeting with Franklin D. Roosevelt
on 14 February 1945.
Abdullah was part of the council of ministers with the title of chief advisor to King Saud.
During the rivalry between King Saud and Crown Prince Faisal, Abdullah first supported the former in 1960.
However, from 1961 he endorsed the actions of the latter, facilitating Faisal's attempts to be successful.
Upon Prince Abdullah's endorsement of Crown Prince Faisal King Saud reduced his allowance in April 1961.
On 6 January 1965 Prince Abdullah accompanied Saud in the latter's declaration of allegiance to King Faisal.
At the beginning of King Faisal's reign Prince Abdullah became a member of the council which had been established by him to guide the succession issues.
Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman was among five senior princes who met immediately after the assassination of King Faisal and proclaimed then Crown Prince Khalid the king of Saudi Arabia.
Views, personal life and death Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman was conservative, and opposed some new policies of King Faisal, including reduction of financial support to tribal leaders, religious figures and older members of the royal family as well as educational reforms.
Noura bint Fahd Al Muhanna Aba Al Khail was one of his spouses and the mother of Khalid bin Abdullah
His son, Abdul Rahman, was one of the members of Al Saud Family Council which was established in June 2000 by then Crown Prince Abdullah to discuss private issues, including business activities of princes and marriages of princesses to nonroyals.
Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah married Noura bint Musaid, who died in July 2016, the daughter of his uncle, Prince Musaid
Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman died on 4 December 1976.
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