Rukiye Sabiha Sultan
|Rukiye Sabiha Sultan|
1 April 1894|
Ortaköy Palace, Ortaköy, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
26 August 1971 (aged 76)|
Yeniköy, Arnavutköy, Istanbul, Turkey
|Burial||Aşiyan Asri Cemetery|
|Spouse||Șehzade Ömer Faruk Efendi|
Fatma Neslişah Sultan|
Zehra Hanzade Sultan
Necla Hibetullah Sultan
|House||House of Osman|
|Mother||Emine Nazikedâ Kadınefendi|
Rukiye Sabiha Sultan (1 April 1894 - 26 August 1971) was an Ottoman princess, the youngest daughter of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed VI and his first wife Emine Nazikedâ Kadınefendi, the daughter of Prince Hassan Marshania and his wife Princess Fatma Horecan Aredba. She was the wife of Şehzade Ömer Faruk Efendi, son of Abdülmecid II the last caliph of the Muslim world and his wife Şehsuvar Kadınefendi, and the mother of Fatma Neslişah Sultan, Zehra Hanzade Sultan and Necla Hibetullah Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
The youngest daughter of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed VI and his first wife Emine Nazikedâ Kadınefendi, the daughter of Prince Hassan Marshania and his wife Princess Fatma Horecan Aredba. She was the half sister of Mehmed Ertuğrul Efendi, whose mother was Şadiye Müveddet Kadınefendi, third wife of her father. Her betrothal to Ahmad Shah Qajar, the last ruling member of the Qajar dynasty and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was forfeited in favor of her cousin Prince Ömer Faruk Efendi thus missing her chance of becoming the first "First Lady" of the nascent Turkish Republic.
Prince Ömer Faruk Efendi married her on 29 April 1920 in the Yıldız Palace. Between 1921 and 1926, she bore him three daughters, Fatma Neslişah Sultan, Zehra Hanzade Sultan and Necla Hibetullah Sultan. In accordance with the Law number 431 of 3 March 1924, Rukiye with her husband and children came to the lists deportation. The family moved to Nice, where her youngest daughter Necla Sultan was born, and her older daughters were also educated here. After some time, Rukiye with her family moved to Switzerland and then to France and Egypt, where in 1940, her daughter Fatma Neslişah was married to Prince Muhammad Abdel Moneim, son of Egypt's last khedive Abbas Hilmi II.
Her husband, Ömer Faruk Efendi divorced her in January 1948, while they were resident at Cairo and she returned to her homeland, where she received her citizenship and surname Osmanoğlu (literally: son, a descendant of the Ottomans). In 1948 Ömer Faruk Efendi married secondly another princess of the dynasty, Mihriban Mihrişah Sultan, a cousin of Rukiye Sabiha Sultan. Rukiye Sabiha Sultan died on 26 August 1971 in the mansion of her daughter Zehra Hanzade Sultan, and was buried in Aşiyan Cemetery.