RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – On Sunday, prayers were held for Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, a high-ranking member of the royal family who supported women's rights and once led a group of deviant princes, at the age of 87 died. 19659004] Prince Talal was an elder brother of King Salman and the father of merchant Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. He is the son of the founder and first ruler of modern Saudi Arabia, the late King Abdulaziz, whose sons have ruled since his death, the throne passed from brother to brother.
Prince Talal's son Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal announced on Twitter that his father passed away on Saturday. The royal court also published a statement on his death.
Prince Talal served as Secretary of Communications in the 1950s and Minister of Finance in the early 1960s. In 1957, Prince Talal founded the first school for girls in Riyadh, according to Saudi news Arab News. The school was founded at a time when women did not have access to formal education in the inland capital and the schools were only accessible to boys.
Shortly after he had been appointed Minister of Finance, he produced a group of princes and led them to a constitutional monarchy that distributed some of the King's forces. The royals, known as the Free Princes Movement, demanded a constitution that would govern the kingdom, not rules based solely on the interpretation of the Koran and other religious teachings.
Prince Talal led the group of Beirut and Cairo. under the then Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was an opponent of Riyadh. The prince was deprived of his nationality and his property was confiscated.
After Riss had emerged between Prince Talal and Cairo, he was allowed to return to Saudi Arabia in 1964 under King Faisal, who had deposed his brother King Saud in the same year.
Prince Talal served as a member of the Allegiance Council until 2011, a gathering of high-ranking princes to meet and select the next king among themselves. He had reportedly left the council after questioning the effectiveness of appointing a high prince without complete consultation with the council.