King FAROUK I of Egypt

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Mohamed Farouk Ahmed FOUAD

Birthplace: Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt
Death: March 18, 1965 (45)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Place of Burial: Cairo, Egypt
Immediate Family:

Son of H.M. King FOUAD Ist of Egypt and Nazli Sabri (1894-1978) Abdel-Rehim Queen Consort of Egypt (m.1919)
Ex-husband of HM Queen Farida of Egypt and HM Queen NARIMAN of Egypt
Ex-partner of Irene Harbib Guinle
Father of HRH Princess Ferial Fuad Farouk; HRH Fawzia Fuad Farouk; HRH Princess Fadia Fuad Farouk and Private User
Brother of HRH Princess Fawzia Ahmed FOUAD of Egypt; HRH Faiza Ahmed FOUAD of Egypt; HRH Faika Ahmed FOUAD of Egypt and HRH Fathiya Ahmed FOUAD of Egypt
Half brother of HH Prince Ismaïl Ahmed FOUAD (1896-1897) and HRH Princess Fewkieh Ahmed FOUAD of Egypt, Countess of Adix

Occupation: King of Egypt (1936-1952)
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About King FAROUK I of Egypt

He was the tenth ruler from the Muhammad Ali Dynasty and the penultimate King of Egypt and Sudan, succeeding his father, Fuad I, in 1936. His full title was "His Majesty Farouk I, by the grace of God, King of Egypt and Sudan, Sovereign of Nubia, of Kordofan, and of Darfur." He was overthrown in the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, and was forced to abdicate in favor of his infant son Ahmed Fuad, who succeeded him as King Fuad II. He died in exile in Italy. His sister was Princess Fawzia Fuad, first wife and Queen Consort of the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

The great-great-grandson of Muhammad Ali Pasha, Farouk was of Turkish descent as well as native Egyptian descent through his mother the Queen. Before his father's death, he was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, England. Upon his coronation, the hugely popular 16-year-old King Farouk made a public radio address to the nation, the first time a sovereign of Egypt had ever spoken directly to his people in such a way:

“ And if it is God's will to lay on my shoulders at such an early age the responsibility of kingship, I on my part appreciate the duties that will be mine, and I am prepared for all sacrifices in the cause of my duty... My noble people, I am proud of you and your loyalty and am confident in the future as I am in God. Let us work together. We shall succeed and be happy. Long live the Fatherland! ”

Farouk was enamored of the glamorous royal lifestyle. Although he already had thousands of acres of land, dozens of palaces, and hundreds of cars, the youthful king would often travel to Europe for grand shopping sprees, earning the ire of many of his subjects.

He was most popular in his early years and the nobility largely celebrated him. For example, during the accession of the young King Farouk, "the Abaza family had solicited palace authorities to permit the royal train to stop briefly in their village so that the king could partake in refreshments offered in a large, magnificently ornamented tent they had erected in the train station."

Farouk's accession initially was encouraging for the populace and nobility, due to his youth and Egyptian roots through his mother Nazli Sabri. However, the situation was not the same with some politicians and elected government officials, with whom Farouk quarreled a lot, despite their loyalty in principle to his throne.

During the hardships of World War II, criticism was leveled at Farouk for his lavish lifestyle. His decision to not to put out the lights at his palace in Alexandria, during a time when the city was blacked-out because of German and Italian bombing, was deemed particularly offensive by some. Due to the continuing British occupation of Egypt, many Egyptians, Farouk included, were positively disposed towards Germany and Italy, and despite the presence of British troops, Egypt remained officially neutral until the final year of the war. Consequently, the royal Italian servants of Farouk were not interned, and there is an unconfirmed story that Farouk told British Ambassador Sir Miles Lampson (who had an Italian wife), "I'll get rid of my Italians when you get rid of yours". In addition, Farouk was known for harboring certain Axis sympathies and even sending a note to Hitler saying that an invasion would be welcome.Farouk only declared war on the Axis Powers under heavy British pressure in 1945, long after the fighting in Egypt's Western Desert had ceased.

In addition to an affair with the British writer and siren Barbara Skelton, among numerous others, Farouk was married twice, with a claim of a third marriage (see below). His first wife was Safinaz Zulficar (1921–1988), the daughter of Youssef Zulficar Pasha. Safinaz was renamed Farida upon her marriage. They were married in 1938, and divorced in 1948, producing three daughters.

Farouk's second wife was a commoner, Narriman Sadek (1934–2005). They were married in 1951, and divorced in 1954, having only one child, the future King Fuad II.

Whilst in exile in Italy, Farouk met Irma Capece Minutolo, an opera singer, who became his companion. In 2005, she claimed that she married the former King in 1957.


   * Farial (1938–2009)
   * Fawzia (1940–2005)
   * Fadia (1943–2002)
   * Fuad II (born in 1952)

The ostentatious king's name is used to describe the bad imitation Louis XV-style furniture known as "Louis-Farouk". The imperial French style furniture became fashionable among Egypt's upper classes during Farouk's reign so Egyptian artisans began to mass-produce it. The style uses ornate carving, is heavily gilded, and covered in very elaborate cloth.


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King FAROUK I of Egypt's Timeline

February 11, 1920
Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt
November 17, 1938
Montaza Palace, Alexandria, Egypt
April 7, 1940
Cairo, Egypt
December 15, 1943
Abdin Palace, Cairo
March 18, 1965
Age 45
Rome, Lazio, Italy