Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: الأمير خالد بندر بن عبد العزيز آل سعود) (born 16 March 1951) is a member of the House of Saud, is President of the General Intelligence and was the governor of the Riyadh Province with the rank of minister. He was the first grandson of King Abdulaziz to be the governor of the Riyadh Province. Prince Khalid is also the former deputy defense minister.

Early life and education

Prince Khalid was born in 16 March 1951. He is the third son of Prince Bandar, who is the eldest surviving son of King Abdulaziz. Khalid bin Bandar graduated from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He holds a master’s degree in military sciences. He participated in advanced foundational courses for armor officers in Saudi Arabia and United States, and also been involved in several different field exercises.

Career

Khalid bin Bandar is a high-ranking military personal and commander of the Saudi Arabian Royal Army. He began his military service at the first battalion of the fourth armored brigade. Later he worked as an operations officer in the armored forces command, and then was promoted to deputy commander of it. He served in the G3 armor corps at the Royal Saudi Land Forces (SALF) in early 1980s. He became a major general in 1997, and was appointed deputy commander of the SALF. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant general in May 2011. Then he served as the commander of the SALF. He served in this post until his appointment as Riyadh governor and was replaced by Eid bin Awadh Al Shalawi as the commander. He made several visits and participated in foreign joint cooperation committees between Saudi Arabia and other countries.

He was one of participants in the liberation of Kuwait (1991) in (Desert Shield and Desert Storm) and was assigned to participate in South Shield operations against Houthis in 2009 conflict.

On 14 February 2013, Prince Khalid was appointed governor of the Riyadh province, succeeding late Prince Sattam. His deputy is Prince Turki bin Abdullah, who was also appointed on 14 February. On 14 May 2014, he was appointed deputy defense minister replacing Salman bin Sultan in the post. His deputy, Turki bin Abdullah, was appointed governor of the Riyadh province on the same date.

Personal life

Prince Khalid married Princess Mashael bint Mohammed bin Saud bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud and they have six daughters. Their children are: Princess Noura, Princess Haya, Princess Anoud (wife of Prince Salman bin Saud bin Salman bin Mohammed Al Saud), Princess Sara (wife of Prince Miteb bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud), Princess Najla and Princess Nouf.