Prince Badr bin Abdul Aziz, former deputy commander of the National Guard, died yesterday, the Royal Court said in an announcement. He was 81.
Funeral prayer for the late prince will be conducted at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh after Asr prayer today, it added.
The Council of Ministers conveyed its condolences to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, and the royal family over Prince Badr’s death.
Born in 1932 in Riyadh, Prince Badr was the 20th son of King Abdul Aziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia. He grew up under the special care of his father and had his education in Riyadh. He had taken part in Saudi delegations that visited different countries and attended international events.
He had accompanied King Faisal during his visits to Arab and Islamic countries.
He was appointed minister of communications in 1961 and deputy commander of the National Guard in 1967. He had played an important role in the development of the National Guard.
Prince Badr was involved in various cultural and sports activities. He was chairman of the higher organizing committee for Janadriya Heritage and Culture Festival and chairman of the Equestrian Club.