National Geographic : 1975 Oct
and whispering a request. Accessibility proved the monarch's undoing. During an audience on March 25, 1975, a nephew bent to kiss the king, drew out a gun, and killed him. A council of the ruling family quickly selected a successor, his brother Khalid. In June the assassin prince was beheaded with a gold-handled sword as thousands watched in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh.