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Cairo Reunion for Iran's Former Empress, Fans and Loyals at Late Shah's Mausoleum



© & KA & photocomposition© DK


It's a ritual that the Former Empress of Iran, Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi, has been honoring for the past 28 years, that of paying tribute to her Husband the late Shah of Iran Mohamed Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 - 27 July 1980). Beyond her pledge of loyalty to her late husband and message of continued solidarity with her countrymen and women in her homeland but also those who have been driven to exile, the annual trip is also an occasion for the former Empress to express her deep gratitude to the People of Egypt and one of its Great Leaders and Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Anwar El Sadat who was assassinated by Islamic Fundamentalists to his during the annual 6th October victory parade in Cairo.


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Relations between Imperial Iran and Egypt throughout the 20th Century were characterized by very close ties such as the short-lived marriage of the Shah with his first wife Princess Fawzia of the Farouk Royal Family. A daughter Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi was to ensure if not a male heir to Persia's Peacock Throne, it nevertheless did guarantee a life long friendship and gratitude between the Iranian and Egyptian people that was enforced when Iran continued to supply Oil to Egypt during the 6 Day-War with Israel despite European and American governments Protests. This mutual Trust between the two countries also was to turn the Shah of Iran into the unsung architect of the Israelo-Egyptian Peace Talks that concluded to the recognition of Israel by an Arab Muslim State during the Camp David Accords of 1977 under the supervision of President Jimmy Carter. (Watch French Documentary ( move to approx: 28 min ): Sadat Visits Iran before Historic Trip to Israel ).


As a Muslim but Non Arab Leader, the Shah of Iran, greatly contributed, to the Israeli-Egyptian reconciliation which led to the 1977 Historical Peace Accords at Camp David and the Nobel Peace Prize attribution
to Sadat, Begin and Carter.
Photocomposition ©DK


A Short Ceremony in presence of Loyals, Family, Friends and Fans draws the International, Egyptian and Iranian Diaspora TV Medias each year despite the incredible heat so common at this time of the year in the Ancient Land of the Pharaoh's. A visit at Anwar El Sadat's Mausoleum erected in his memory at the very site of his assassination is an occasion for the Empress to depose a Wreath in Honor of the Martyred President in presence of her wife and former First Lady Mrs. Jihan Sadat. 

Top © photos KA &, Bottom photocomposition © DK


This ceremony is followed by one at the Al Rafaee Mosque in Cairo where the Shah rests under a pale green marble stone encrusted with the Pahlavi Royal Emblem and the Imperial Sun and Lion Flag of Iran where the former Shahbanou Farah and former First Lady Jihan Sadat pay their respects to the former monarch in presence of the attendees. A sit in is followed where Iranians and Egyptians guests gather to pay their respects to the Shahbanou and Mrs. Sadat and set flowers and prayers on the former Monarch's tomb.



In Solitude with Husband © photos KA







Authors Notes:


(*) Translation from French: Wishing reconciliation in Peace to all our compatriots and an End to Exile for All.


Official Website of Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi

Recommended Books:

An Enduring Love: My Life with the Shah A Memoir By Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi
Answer to History: Final Memoirs By Mohamed Reza Shah Pahlavi
In Search of Identity an Autobiography By Anwar El Sadat

The Shah's Last Ride by William Shawcross
All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer


Recommended Magazine Article:


Persia: Ancient Soul of Iran: A glorious past inspires a conflicted nation by Marguerite Del Giudice National Geographic

Recommended Watching:

French documentary on the Shah of Iran at Niavaran Palace in 1978 (Includes President Sadat's Visit to Iran before departure for Israel (


Egyptian President Sadat speaks to US TV about his vision of Islam & that expressed in his views by Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran (YouTube)

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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant. He is also contributes to OCPC Magazine in LA/US and to the London Based IC Publications The Middle East Magazine and Persian Heritage Magazine.


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