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Fuad II of Egypt
Fuad II (born January 16, 1952) was King of Egypt from July 26, 1952 to June 18, 1953. He was modern Egypt's last monarch; after he was overthrown in the 1953 military coup, the monarchy and its titles were abolished and an Egyptian Republic was proclaimed.
Fuad was less than a year old at the time of his ascension to the throne, so was never formally crowned. He became king following the abdication of his father, Farouk, and joined his family in exile, with a regent representing him in Egypt. Farouk had hoped that his stepping down would appease the anti-royalist forces in the country, and that the baby king could serve as a unifying force for Egypt. Both gambles proved incorrect.
After being deposed, the king was brought to France where he was raised, and continues to live to this day.
In 1976, the king married Dominique-France Picard (née Loeb), the daughter of Robert Loeb and his wife, the former Paule Picard. She converted to Islam and was renamed Fadila. The couple have three children. They divorced in 1996, and Fuad's former wife is now known as HRH the Princess Fadila of Egypt .
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