Mansour Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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Mansour Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Mansour bin Abdulaziz
Prince Mansour bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, (The First defense minister).jpg
Died2 May 1951 (aged 29–30)
Cause of deathAlcohol poisoning
Burial placeAl Adl cemetery, Mecca
Zahwa bint Abdulaziz bin Suleiman
  • Prince Talal
  • Princess Muhdi
Full name
Mansour bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud
HouseHouse of Saud
ReligionWahhabi Hanbali Sunni Islam
Saudi Arabian Minister of Defense

10 November 1943 - 2 May 1951
Ibn Saud
(None) Office established
Mishaal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Mansour bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: ?‎) (1921 – 2 May 1951) was the first defense minister of Saudi Arabia and a member of Saudi royal family, House of Saud.

Early life

Prince Mansour was born in 1921.[1] He is widely believed to be the ninth son of Ibn Saud,[2] but William A. Eddy argues that Prince Mansour is the sixth son of Ibn Saud.[3]

His mother was an Armenian woman, Princess Shahida (died 1938),[4] who was reportedly the favorite wife of Ibn Saud.[5] Prince Mansour had two full brothers, Prince Mishaal and Prince Mutaib and a full sister, Princess Qumash, who died on 26 September 2011.[6]


Prince Mansour was the emir of Murabba Palace in 1943.[7] He officially visited Cairo.[7] Ibn Saud sent him there to support the Indian Muslim officers and men just before the Battle of El Alamein.[8]

Then he was appointed minister of defense by Ibn Saud on 10 November 1943 when office was established.[9] Therefore, he is the first defense minister of Saudi Arabia.[10]Prince Muhammad and Prince Mansour accompanied Ibn Saud in the latter's meeting with the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 14 February 1945.[3][11] He also participated in Ibn Saud's meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Egypt in February 1945.[12] Prince Mansour's term as defense minister lasted until his death in 1951, and he was replaced by his full brother Prince Mishaal who had been his deputy at the ministry.[9]

Personal life

Prince Mansour was married and had two children, Talal and Muhdi.[13] Prince Talal (born 1951) was raised by his uncle Prince Mutaib following the death of his father.[1] Prince Mutaib's daughter, Princess Nouf, married Prince Talal.[1] Prince Mansour's second wife was Princess Zahwa bint Abdulaziz bin Suleiman with whom he had a daughter, Nora, who died in infancy.[]


Prince Mansour died of alcohol poisoning after a party hosted by his older half-brother, then governor of Riyadh Nasser bin Abdulaziz[14] on 2 May 1951.[1] He was buried in Al Adl cemetery, Mecca.[15] Upon hearing of this event, Ibn Saud threw Prince Nasser in jail. Nasser bin Abdulaziz subsequently lost his post and never returned to public life.[14]



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  2. ^ Nabil Mouline (April-June 2012). "Power and generational transition in Saudi Arabia" (PDF). Critique Internationale. 46: 1-22. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ a b William A. Eddy (2005). FDR meets Ibn Saud (PDF). Vista: Selwa Press.
  4. ^ "Biography of Shahida". Datarabia. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ Joseph A. Kechichian (2001). Succession in Saudi Arabia. New York City: Palgrave.
  6. ^ "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques performs funeral prayer on the soul of Princess Gumash bint Abdulaziz". Riyadh Municipality. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ a b "The King of Arabia". Life. 31 May 1943. p. 72. ISSN 0024-3019. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ George Kheirallah (1952). Arabia Reborn. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. p. 254. Retrieved 2015. - via Questia (subscription required)
  9. ^ a b "Royal Saudi Land Forces History". Global Security. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "---?-". Al Arabiya. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Thomas W. Lippman (April-May 2005). "The Day FDR Met Saudi Arabia's Ibn Saud" (PDF). The Link. 38 (2): 1-12. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "Riyadh. The capital of monotheism" (PDF). Business and Finance Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ "Family Tree of Mansur bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud". Datarabia. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ a b "The new success?on law preserves the monarchy". Wikileaks. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "Al-Adl: One of Makkah's oldest cemeteries". Saudi Gazette. 18 June 2012. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 2012.

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