Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Princess Lalla Aicha of Morocco (1930-2011)

Princess Lalla Aicha of Morocco
Born: 17 June 1930
Died: 4 September 2011
Princess Lalla Aicha was the aunt to Morocco's current reigning monarch, King Mohammed VI of Morraco. Princess Lalla Aicha was the eldest sister of King Mohammed VI's father. She was an ambassador to many countries for Morocco throughout her life.

Marcia Tracy explores the life of this worldly Morrocan Princess.
Princess Lalla Aicha of Morocco was the oldest daughter of the late King Mohammad V and Lalla Abla Bint Tahar. Early on, she was an activist for equal rights for men and women. In 1947, at the age of 17, she gave a speech in Tangiers demanding voting rights for women.
She was one of the first women in the arab world to hold diplomantic postions, serving for several years in several different countries in the 1960s and 1970s. She was Morocco's ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1965-1969, Greece from 1969-1970, and Italy from 1970-1973. The Princess was remembered by many former diplomats in Morocco as someone who showed the country needed both men and women for empowerment.
She was also active in the Red Cresent Society (Equal to the Red Cross).
Throught her lifetime, she received many honors:
  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Throne of Morocco - 1963
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy - 1970
  • Honorary Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO) - 1980

As for her personal life, The Princess was married twice. She was married the first time in 1961, to Moulay Hassan Al-Yaqubi, with whom she had two daughters, Lalla Zubaida and Lalla Nufissa. The couple were divorced in 1972 and Lalla Aicha got married at same year as third wife of HH Moulay Hassan Al Mahdi. She is survived by her two daughters, Lalla Zubaida and Lalla Nufissa, from first husband Moulay Hassan Al-Yaqubi, as well as several nieces and nephews and their children.

Lalla Aicha’s funeral was held within 24 hours, in accordance to Islamic practices, at the Ahl Fès mosque. She is buried at the Moulay El Hassan Mausoleum at the Royal Palace in Rabat.

Bibliography
  1. "AllAfrica.com: Morocco: Late Princess Lalla Aicha, 'One of the Leading Figures in the Fight for the Nation Women's Emancipation' - French Historian." AllAfrica.com: Home. 5 Sept. 2011. Web. 06 Sept. 2011. http://allafrica.com/stories/201109060080.html
  2. "Princess Lalla Aicha of Morocco Dies | The Royal Forums." The Royal Forums | The Complete Royal Resource. 5 Sept. 2011. Web. 06 Sept. 2011. http://www.theroyalforums.com/32821-princess-lalla-aicha-of-morocco-dies-2/.
  3. "Princess Lalla Aicha of Morocco Dies « Royalty in the News." Royalty in the News. 5 Sept. 2011. Web. 06 Sept. 2011. http://www.royaltyinthenews.com/2011/09/06/princess-lalla-aicha-of-morocco-dies/.

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