Faisal II, King of Iraq(1935-1958), King of Iraq, reigned 1939-58
Sitter in 24 portraits
The last King of Iraq and the only son of Iraq's second king, Ghazi, and his wife Queen Aliya (daughter of 'Ali bin Hussein, King of the Hijaz and Grand Sharif of Mecca). Faisal's father died in a car crash when Faisal was three years old; his uncle 'Abd al-Ilah served as regent until Faisal came of age in 1953. Educated at the royal palace, he lived with his mother at Grove Lodge, Berkshire during World War II. He attended Harrow School with his cousin Hussein, who he would later build an alliance with when he became King Hussein of Jordan. King Faisal was executed during the 14th July Revolution, marking the end of the Hashemite monarchy and the beginning of Iraq's formation as a republic.
Visit From Your Armchair
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.
Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.
Sculptures in 360°
See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.