20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
The current royal family of Morocco is from the Alaouite dynasty,

which claims descent from Prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fāṭimah az-Zahrah and her husband ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
They have been ruling Morocco

since the 17th century.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
Mohammed V (current King's grandfather) became sultan in 1927

and was a widely-respected nationalist.In 1953, he was overthrown by the French who gave back his throne two years later. The next year, Morocco became independent and Mohammed V became the official king.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
When Mohammed V passed away in 1961,

his son Hassan II became the king.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
Although Hassan II maintained unity in Morocco,

he was also accused of human rights abuses. Many tried to dethrone him but he remained king until his death in 1999.

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In Prince Moulay Hicham El Alaoui's 2014 autobiography,

"Journal d’un Prince Banni,” King Hassan II was described to create a murky ruling system that allowed elites to defy the law with exemption.

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According to the book, King Hassan II made Queen Elizabeth wait an hour for him in 1980's,

to show he was the greater monarch than her.

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King Mohammed VI was crowned in 1999 after his father's death.

It was a welcomed coronation as people hoped for a greater democracy and better human rights.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
Since he had full control of Morocco, just like his father, there were protests in 2011.

Then the king promised a new constitution that would limit his powers. It calmed down voters who still believe nothing was changed.

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In 2014, King Mohammed VI was furious with Spanish civil guard officers

after they mistook his boat for a drug-smuggling vessel in Ceuta - Spain's North African enclave.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
In 1999, king Mohammed VI met his future wife Salma at a private party.

Salma was born in Fez. Her mother passed away when she was 3 years old, so she was raised by her grandmother.

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Salma studied engineering and after she finished her studies,

she worked at ONA Group as an information services engineer, specializing in industrial and financial services.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
The King surprised multiple in Morocco when he announced his future wife's name

as traditionally wives of Moroccan Kings had remained private figures.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
King Mohammed VI also indicated he would stick to one wife,

instead of practicing polygamy, like all of his ancestors.

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The king married Princess Lalla Salma in 2002.

When he announced his wife's name to the public, it was shocking to the public because Moroccan queens and princesses have always remained as private figures.

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Salma was the first wife of Moroccan kings

to be given a royal title "Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma."

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Lalla is a typical name

for women in high society and of royalty.

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The princess has been more public than previous Moroccan royal wives by working with various charities,

including HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa and founding a cancer prevention organization.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
Their son, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan,

was born in 2003, followed by a daughter, Princess Lalla Khadija, in 2007.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Royal Family
Starting from 11 years old,

Hassan began appearing in public with his father at official engagements.

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BY WENDY HUNG

There are numerous fascinating factors making Morocco’s sordid history and complex politics wildly intriguing. Like the royal couple in Bhutan, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma’s love story is furthermore interesting. Together, they make one picture-perfect unity symbolizing modernism.

SEE ALSO: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About Bhutan’s Royal Couple!

Whether one agrees with the king’s politics or not, when he married his princess, he broke traditions that had never been done before. Today, the mother of two children exemplifies a fashion sense inspiring local Moroccan women, and her charity work is just as comparable as those performed by queens in other nations.

If you’re unfamiliar with Morocco’s royal family, here are some fascinating facts that may captivate you. If you’re fascinating by any royal news, then definitely read through the slideshow!

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