He was born on 16 January 1952 and ascended the throne on 26 July 1952 upon the abdication of his father, King Farouk, following the Egyptian revolution in 1952. Farouk had hoped that his abdication would appease the revolutionaries and other anti-royalist forces and that his son could serve as a unifying force for the country.
He had three half-sisters: Princess Ferial, Princess Fawzia and Princess Fadia of Egypt.
Fuad II was less than a year old at the time of his accession to the throne, and his reign would prove to be short; thus, he was never formally crowned. Upon Farouk's abdication, the now former king was exiled, and the new king Fuad II left Egypt with him and his family. The council of regency headed by Prince Muhammad AbdelMoneim (husband of Fatma , granddaughter of the last Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI) formally represented Fuad II in Egypt during his absence.
However, the infant king reigned for less than a year until 18 June 1953, when Egypt was declared a republic. Fuad II was the 11th and last monarch of the Muhammad Ali dynasty, which had ruled Egypt (and later Sudan) since 1805. His name is sometimes spelled Fouad.
After being deposed, Fuad II was brought to Switzerland, where he was raised. He later moved to Paris, where he married and had three children before returning to the Lake Geneva area of Switzerland after his divorce.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat later restored Fuad II's Egyptian citizenship, and he was thus able to visit Egypt multiple times. In May 2010, he recorded a television interview with ONTV and talked about his visits to Egypt, how he felt about the Egyptian people, and their view of his late father.
Fuad supported the candidacy of Abdel Fattah el-sisi as President of Egypt in October 2013.
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