King Fouad and Fadila Wedding (And Issues)

As we're waiting for the wedding of Prince Mohammed Ali and Princess Noal and the wedding of Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana, here's a look at Mohammed Ali's father's wedding that took place in the Palais Princier in Monaco!


Fouad met Dominique-France Picard for the first time in Switzerland where he was at school, Dominique's brother used to go to the same school. Years later they met on a plane and started a relationship that led to Fouad's proposal. The couple were married civilly on April 16, 1976 in Paris. Later that year, Dominique converted to Islam and changed her name to Fadila -you might note that it starts with an F, Fadila said that Fouad picked it himself to go with the tradition started by his grandfather King Fouad I who named all his children with Fs, it's also thought that Fadila was the suggested name if Fouad II was to be a girl- the religious ceremony took place in the Princely Palace in Monaco on October, 5 1977 (Yes, a year after the civil wedding) on the invitation of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. Fadila says that this invitation was because her parents knew the princely couple as they owned a chalet next to them in Switzerland but actually King Farouk and Prince Rainier were close friends and Rainier gave Farouk the Monegasque citizenship (hence the speculations about Farouk's fortune hidden in Monaco)


For her wedding, Fadila chose a white silk faille gown topped with a cream and gold embroidered brocade jacket. We don't know who made the outfit, but I'm pretty sure it was a couture house!



On her head, Fadila chose to wear the Turkish yashmak. Yashmak is like a head scarf that's not supposed to hide the hair or the face, it's supposed to cover the neck and a part of the border of the face to give it a magical flair and bring attention to the eyes and cheeks, it was usually worn with a hat. and while it was normal for royals to wear yashmak in the morning and even to black tie events, it was the first time -and rather odd- for a royal bride to wear yashmak on her wedding, I think Fadila wore it to show that she became a Muslim and that she respected the heritage abd traditions of the royal family. below we see Princess Fawzia wearing yashmak to the wedding of her brother, King Farouk while the bride, Queen Narriman was wearing a tiara in 1951.


From this photo you can easily tell that Fadila's yashmak was overdone to the extent that it almost turned into a hijab!



Upon the civil wedding Fadila got the the title and style of Her Majesty, Queen Fadila of Egypt and the couple lived together in an apartment in the prestigious Avenue Foch in Paris. They had three children together; Mohammed Ali, Fawiza Latifa, Fakhr ElDin. However the couple split in the late 90s early 2000s, Fouad left Fadila the Paris apartment and lived in Switzerland. Famously in 2002 the apartment was auctioned off by Societé Generale bank when she couldn't pay back her debts for years, she spoke to almost every newspaper saying that Fouad left her no money when they divorced!
As a divorcée, she held the title of Her Highness, Princess Fadila.


 But that was before Fadila did her first (and last) interview with an Egyptian journalist in 2008, in the interview Fadila denied that she and Fouad were divorced and said they were smart and wise enough to focus on their children's future instead of thinking about silly stuff like divorce (ouch!) and that they were so in love and hadn't ever thought about separation!

Mohammed Ali (Left) and Fadila (right) attending Princess Soraya's birthday (center). Pic was taken in 1997-2001




Fouad wasn't exactly thrilled with this interview, so he released a paper written and signed by him in Arabic stating that he and Fadila had been separated for 11 years and stripping her off her title. So now Fadila is Mrs. Fadila and nothing else (Queen was not even an official title to fight for!), in a later interview Fouad said the divorce wasn't confirmed by the courts until 2008!


Left to right: Princess Grace, Queen Narriman, King Fouad, Princess Fadila, Fadila's mother, Prince Rainier

It's not known whether Fadila will attend her son's wedding or not (and there are some speculations that the wedding will be postponed because of the situation in Egypt)

Just when you thought Fergie was as wild as it gets!


What do you think of Fadila's wedding dress?


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3 comments

  1. This is a very well thought out and researched report. Well done my young friend!! Well done indeed!!

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  2. investigate on the princess noal zaher, you might be surpirsed by her past with a famous india political figure. Anyways, it is known to everyone that a royal wedding is the best solution in cases of turmoil of image.

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    1. I fully agree with anonymous about indian political figure !!!... By the way, the Afghan Royal Family still has a Crown Prince who is the head of the actual Afghan Royal Family and two other sons of Late King Mohammed Zaher Shah. They are the brothers of Princess Noal's late father, Prince Mohammed Daoud, who died in unclear circumstances in Rome during early 1980's. They live in very precarious situations... Obviously nobody cared about them being present or not!... On the Afghan side the "crowd" was full of corrupted figures from the actual Kabul scene... And here is also Paul Lambrino of Romania! We use to call this in good german "Zigeuner tanz"...

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