1/ 11 Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (C) arrives at Heathrow Airport in west London on 29 October 2007. Reuters Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Buckingham Palace with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (L) after a state carriage procession along the Mall in London on 30 October 2007. Reuters Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah walks next to Spain's King Juan Carlos (R) after his arrival at Madrid's Barajas airport on 15 July 2008. Reuters Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (L) is greeted by Pope Benedict XVI on his arrival for their meeting at the Vatican on 6 November 2007. Reuters Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz (L) hold hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a dinner prior to the start of the General Assembly Meeting of the Culture of Peace, at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, on 11 November 2008. Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah review a military guard of honour at the Chancellery in Berlin on 7 November 2007. Reuters Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (R) chats with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on his arrival at Riyadh airport on 13 January 2009. Reuters U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on 29 June 2010. Reuters France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) is welcomed by King Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud at Riyadh airport on 13 January 2008. Reuters U.S. President George W. Bush sips his tea with Saudi King Abdullah during his visit to Al Janadriyah Farm in Al Janadriyah, Saudi Arabia on 15 January 2008. Reuters Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (L) prays with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Kaabah in Mecca on 8 December 2005. Reuters
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who became the King of Saudi Arabia in 2005, died early on Friday morning following lung infection and pneumonia. He was 90.
Following the death of the King, mourners gathered in Mecca to pay their last respects.
Latest reports suggest that his half brother Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz has been appointed as the new king of the country.
Special services will be held on Friday afternoon at the Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque in Riyadh and many leaders from around the world are likely to attend the service to pay tribute to the late leader.
The late King had earlier met various world leaders, including Barack Obama, George W Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Benedict XVI, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy, among others.