On Sunday night King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia attended the funeral in Mecca of his half brother, Crown Prince Nayef, who died on Saturday, and yesterday the King, as expected, appointed another half borther, 76-year-old Prince Salman, as the new Crown Prince.
Crown Prince Salman will continue in his position as Defence Minister and has also been appointed Deputy Prime Minister. He relinquishes the post of Interior Minister, which is taken up by his younger brother Prince Ahmed, who has until now been Deputy Interior Minister for decades.
Today the traditional condolence ceremony for the late Crown Prince is held in Jeddah. Crown Prince Frederik will represent the Danish royal family, while Prince Carl Philip will be there on behalf of Sweden. The Norwegian royal family will not be represented, as both the King and Crown Prince have engagements today and females are generally not welcomed at such events.