King of Saudi Arabia

The king of Saudi Arabia is the monarchial head of state and ruler of Saudi Arabia who holds absolute power. He is the head of the Saudi Arabian royal family, the House of Saud.[1] The king is called the "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques" (خادم الحرمين الشريفين), a title that signifies Saudi Arabia's jurisdiction over the mosques of Masjid al Haram in Mecca and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina. The title has been used many times through the history of Islam. The first Saudi monarch to use the title was King Faisal, however, King Khalid did not use the title after him. In 1986, King Fahd replaced "His Majesty" with the title of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and it has been ever since used by both King Abdullah and King Salman bin Abdulaziz.[2]

King of Saudi Arabia
ملك المملكة العربية السعودية
Incumbent
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
since 23 January 2015
Details
StyleCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques (formal)
or
His Majesty (diplomatic relations)
Heir apparentMohammed bin Salman
First monarchKing Abdulaziz
Formation23 September 1932
ResidenceAl-Yamamah Palace

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