Prince Zeid bin Hussein
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|Prince Zeid bin Hussein|
|Head of the royal houses of Iraq and Syria|
|Tenure||14 July 1958 – 18 October 1970|
|Successor||Ra'ad bin Zeid|
|Born||28 February 1898|
|Died||18 October 1970 (aged 72)|
|Issue||Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid|
|Father||Hussein bin Ali|
Prince Zeid bin Hussein, GCVO, GBE (Arabic: الأمير زيد بن الحسين; February 28, 1898 – October 18, 1970) was an Iraqi prince who was a member of the Hashemite dynasty and the head of the Royal House of Iraq from 1958 until his death, after the royal line founded by his brother Faisal I of Iraq died out.
Prince Zeid was the fourth son of Hussein bin Ali, who was the Sharif and Emir of Mecca, and only son of Hussein and his third wife, Adila Khanum. He was educated at Galatasaray High School in Stamboul (Istanbul), Constantinople College and Balliol College, Oxford.
From 1916 to 1919, Prince Zeid was the Commander of the Arab Northern Army. In 1918, T. E. Lawrence suggested that he be made king of a truncated north-western Syria. The advent of French rule resulted in his assignment in 1923 to the Iraqi Cavalry and he was promoted to Colonel.
On July 14, 1958, Prince Zeid became Head of the Royal House of Iraq, following the assassination of his grand-nephew King Faisal II by General Muhammad Najib ar-Ruba'i, who proclaimed Iraq to be a republic. Zeid and his family continued to live in London, where the family resided during the coup, as Zeid was the Iraqi ambassador there.
Prince Zeid died in Paris on October 18, 1970, and was buried in the Royal Mausoleum at Raghdan Palace, Amman, Jordan. His son prince Ra'ad bin Zeid succeeded him as head of the Royal House of Iraq.
Marriage and children
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- Kamal Salibi (15 December 1998). The Modern History of Jordan. I.B.Tauris. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
- "Family tree". alhussein.gov. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
Prince Zeid bin HusseinBorn: February 28 1898 Died: October 18 1970
|Titles in pretence|
King Faisal II killed during coup d'état
|— TITULAR —
King of Syria and Iraq
14 July 1958 – 18 October 1970
Reason for succession failure:
Kingdom abolished in 1920 & 1958
Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid