King Fuad I, 1868 – 1936

March 15, 1922: After Egypt gains nominal independence from the United Kingdom, Fuad I becomes King of Egypt. This is the same King Fuad I who declared in 1917, when he was the Guest of Honor at the opening of the Zionist Movement in Cairo and Alexandria that: “You Jews of Egypt, will always be protected by us, until you go back to your land, the Land of Israel.”

Fuad was the Sultan and later King of Egypt and Sudan, Sovereign of Nubia, Kordofan, and Darfuf. The ninth ruler of Egypt and Sudan from the Muhammad Ali dynasty, he became Sultan of Egypt and Sudan in 1917, succeeding his elder brother Sultan Hussein Kamel. He substituted the title of King for Sultan when the United Kingdom recognized Egyptian independence in 1922.

In 1927, Egypt issued this 20-millime stamp (shown nearby) honoring King Fuad:

king fuad egypt 1927

 

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