King Mohammed VI of Morocco

by Susan Flantzer

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King Mohammed VI of Morocco; Photo Credit – Wikipedia

King Mohammed VI of Morocco was born August 21, 1963 in Rabat, the capital of the African country of Morocco.  His parents were King Hassan II of Morocco and Princess Lalla Latifa Amahzoune. King Mohammed has four siblings:

Princess Lalla Meryem (born 1962)
Princess Lalla Asma (born 1965)
Princess Lalla Hasna (born 1967)
Prince Moulay Rachid (born 1970)

King Mohammed began his education at the age of four when he was enrolled in the Koranic School at the Dâr-al-Makhzen or Royal Palace in Rabat. He then attended the Collège Royal, a school located inside the Royal Palace in Rabat founded in 1942 that specializes in the education of princes and princesses of the Alaouite dynasty.  The King completed his primary and secondary education at the Collège Royal in 1981. He then attended the Mohammed V University at Agdal and received a Bachelor’s Degree in law at the in 1985. In 1987, King Mohammed received a Certificate of Higher Specialized Studies in political sciences and a received an additional Certificate of Higher Specialized Studies in public law in 1988. The King received a Ph.D (Doctor of Philosphy) in law with distinction in 1993 from the Nice Sophia Antipolis University in Nice, France. The topic of his thesis was “Cooperation between the European Economic Community and the Arab Maghreb Union”. King Mohammed is fluent in Arabic, French, Spanish, and English.

On July 23, 1999, King Hassan II died and Mohammed became king. The ceremony of presenting allegiance to His Majesty King Mohammed took place on the same day in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Rabat. The enthronement ceremony took place on July 30, 1999. King Mohammed VI solemnly performed the Islamic Friday prayer and gave his first speech from the throne at the Royal Palace in Rabat.
BBC: Mohammed VI takes Moroccan throne

King Mohammed VI of Morocco delivers his

King Mohammed VI of Morocco delivers his enthronement speech; Photo Credit – www.gettyimages.com

King Mohammed VI is the president of several charitable organizations including the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity whose motto is “Ready to help the needy.”

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King Mohammed VI distributes food; Photo Credit – http://riadzany.blogspot.com

On March 21, 2002, Mohammed married computer engineer Salma Bennani (now H.R.H. Princess Lalla Salma) at the Royal Palace in Rabat.

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Photo Credit – main.stylelist.com

The couple has two children:

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Photo Credit – www.hellomagazine.com

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