Nostalgia for the Last Weekend of 2012: A Royal Alliance Between Two Dynasties (Both Now Defunct)

From MEI Editor's Blog Fri Dec 28 2012, 22:26:00

This photo was taken in Cairo in 1939, celebrating an engagement that also marked an alliance of two royal dynasties.

The happy couple (second and third from left ont he upper side of the table) are Princes Fawzia of the Muhammad Ali dynasty of Egypt, sister of then-King Farouq and daughter of King Fuad I, and Crown Prince Mohammed Reza Pahlavi lof Iran, son and heir of the then ruler, Reza Shah.

The couple were married in 1939. In 1941, when his father was deposed, Mohammed Reza became the new Shah. The marriage produced one daughter but was not a happy one; Fawzia returned to Egypt in 1945 and obtained an Egyptian divorce; an Iranian divorce was granted in 1948 on condition her daughter remain in Iran. She married again after returning to Egypt; the Shah married two more times. He, of course, was overthrown in 1979 and died the following year, ironically, in Egypt. He is buried in the same Cairo mosque as many members of his onetime in-laws, the Muhammad Ali dynasty.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Africa:   International Election Observation Is Decades Out of Date. I Should Know. (analysis)
African Arguments
22 February 2017

I helped design the first African election observation mission in 1980. The world's transformed since then, but they're still using the same old model. In 1979, I was a member of the Commonwealth ... [read more]

Rwanda:   Police Force Seek Stronger Ties WIth Uganda (news)
The New Times
24 February 2017

Rwanda and Uganda Police forces, yesterday, held a bilateral meeting to review the progress made in implementing resolutions adopted by the two institutions, last year, as part of collective efforts ... [read more]

Africa:   Barclays Africa to Keep Its Brand for 3 Years (news)
The Monitor
24 February 2017

The Barclays Africa Group (BAG) will keep the Barclays brand name for three years even after an agreement was reached to separate with the parent bank, Barclays PLC. Yesterday, Barclays Africa Group ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!