Farah Pahlavi is one of the most beautiful and charismatic women of her time. Being the only wife of the Shah, elevated and crowned as Empress, which has not happened in Iran in the 7th century, it was a forced half of his life to spend in exile.
Farah Pahlavi is one of the most beautiful and charismatic women of her time. Being the only wife of the Shah, elevated and crowned as Empress, which has not happened in Iran in the 7th century, it was a forced half of his life to spend in exile, informs Rus.Media.
In the summer of 1959 in Paris, at a reception at the Iranian Embassy, the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi drew attention to a cute graduate of the Paris school of architecture Farah the Rack.
The Iranian ruler the girl liked, he soon proposed to her, and in December of the same year in Tehran held their wedding.
Forty years the Shah has married for the third time. His first wife was beautiful Fauzia, Princess of Egypt, and the second Iranian aristocrat Soraya Esfandiari. But none of these marriages, the Shah failed to get an heir. First marriage born daughter, and the second had no children at all, although the couple loved each other and dreamed about children.
The Shah was no longer young, and the fate of the dynasty was threatened, the whole of Iran was worried about this. For this reason, in 1958, the Shah decided to part with his beloved Soraya, and find himself a new wife. And it became soon the young Farah…
The tiara is the Noor-ol-Ain (“Light of eye”)
For your beloved Shah had ordered from the famous American jeweler Harry Winston luxury wedding tiara. For its production were used 325 diamonds of different colors – white, pink, yellow. The most luxurious of them – pure 60-carat pink diamond, Noor-ol-Ain. On his behalf and named this magnificent tiara has a pretty impressive weight – about two pounds.
Farah loved this tiara after the wedding often wore.
At this time, the Shah was not mistaken. The next year after the wedding, Farah gave her husband an heir, to whom they gave the name Reza Cyrus. After that they had another two daughters and a son.
Farah with their children
Adult children Farah
Steadily growing popularity of the young wife of the Shah. She struggled trying to ease the situation of women in the country, have fought for their rights, paying attention to it husband. Highly educated, fluent in several foreign languages, always elegantly dressed, Farad has become the benchmark for Iranian women.
Her efforts were not in vain. Gradually Iranian women also began to wear European clothes, ceasing to cover the face, began to drive cars and send their children to study abroad. It came to the fact that under the influence of his wife, the Shah was allowed to produce in Iran the magazine “Playboy”.
Farah (far right) with Iranian nationality
Being a connoisseur of art Farah paintings bought for the Iranian museums, helped to return to the country many taken earlier paintings.
Crown the Shakhban
In 1967, the Shah loved his wife, decided to crown her as Empress (Shakhban). It was an unprecedented step because the Shah’s wives a title Shakhban not appropriated from the seventh century.
For the future of the coronation needed a new women’s crown. Of fifty sketches of the crown, presented by the leading jewelers that dream to this historic order, the Shah of Iran took the sketch from the jewelry house “Van Cleef & Arpels”.
To work on the crown began the famous and wonderful jeweler Pierre Arpels. Since the stones for the crown belonged to the Iranian Treasury and the law is strictly forbidden to take them outside the country, he had to equip a workshop in the basement of the Central Bank of Iran and work there with stones. Every stone for the crown jeweler has personally selected. After six months of hard work the order was brilliantly executed.
left: the crown author Pierre Arpels with its copy (photo from 10 October 1967); on the right the object at the exhibition “Princess legend”, held in 1999 in Paris
Luxury crown sparkled, studded with precious stones, some diamonds on it was about a thousand. In the center it was adorned with a huge emerald.
In addition to the crown was ordered emerald necklace, also from “Van Cleef & Arpels”.
Richly and brilliantly passed the coronation and will be remembered for the Iranians.
Jewels of the Iranian Empress Farah Pahlavi
In 1979, the country’s Islamic revolution, which completely changed the life of the Shah and his family. They had to flee the country, and further they were living in exile. In the summer of 1980, Mohammed Reza died. After her husband’s death, Farah has spent some time in Egypt, but after Sadat’s assassination, has always been the protector of the family, left the country at the invitation of Ronald Reagan moved with his children in the United States, where he now resides.
Unfortunately, the trials that have prepared her fate is not over. Farah lost two more children – lost daughter Leila and committed suicide, the son of Ali. In October of this year vignani Empress turns 80 years old. She continues to lead an active and worthy life, bringing up her grandchildren. Ligament with their homeland Farah does not lose, and as before apply — “Your Majesty”.