Riyadh (Web Desk): Elder half-brother of King Salman, who was the 10th son of the country's founding monarch, died at the age of 96.
“His Royal Highness Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz al-Saud passed away,” the royal court said Sunday in a brief statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, on the death of his elder half-brother Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
“A funeral prayer will be performed for his soul… on Monday… at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.”
The prince was the eldest surviving son of Saudi Arabia’s founding monarch, King Abdulaziz.
He was not said to be a politically active member of the royal Al-Saud family which counts thousands of members, only a handful of whom wield direct influence over the kingdom.
His sons, however, hold key government positions. Prince Faisal bin Bandar is the governor of Riyadh while Prince Abdullah bin Bandar is the head of the Saudi National Guard.