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Princess Haya, 90; Wife of a Founder of Modern Saudi Arabia

May 05, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Princess Haya bint Saad al-Sudairi, 90, one of the wives of the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, died in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on April 18, of unstated causes.

Princess Haya was a wife of King Abdul Aziz, who founded modern Saudi Arabia in 1932 following the defeat and merger of rival regional forces. He died in 1953.

Her children included Prince Badr bin Abdul Aziz, deputy head of the Kingdom's national guard; Prince Abdul Majid bin Abdul Aziz, the governor of Mecca; and Prince Abdul-Illah bin Abdul Aziz, former prince of the Jawf province.

The princess was from the powerful Al-Sudairi clan.

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