Shahnaz Pahlavi

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Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi
Princess of Iran
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Spouse Ardeshir Zahedi (1957–1964)
Khosrow Jahanbani (1971–2014)
Issue Zahra Mahnaz Zahedi
Keykhosrow Jahanbani
Fawzia Jahanbani
Full name
English: Shahnaz
Persian: Ŝahnāz
House House of Pahlavi
Father Mohamad Rezā Ŝāh Pahlavi
Mother Princess Fawzia Fuad of Egypt
Born (1940-10-27) 27 October 1940 (age 74)
Tehran, Iran

Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi (Persian: شهناز پهلوی‎, born 27 October 1940) is the first child of the late Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, of his first wife, the late Princess Fawzia of Egypt.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Shahnaz Pahlavi was born in Tehran on 27 October 1940. She is the only child of Muhammad Rezā Pahlavi and his first wife Princess Fawzia.[2][3] Shahnaz is the half-sister of Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi, the late Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi II, and the late Princess Leila Pahlavi - the four children of the Shah by his third wife, Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi.[4] Her maternal grandparents were King Fuad I and Queen Nazli of Egypt; and her paternal grandparents were Rezā Shāh Pahlavi and Queen Tadj ol-Molouk of Iran. She is also the niece of King Farouk I of Egypt - and thus cousin of the last Egyptian king, Fuad II. Therefore, her ancestry includes Circassian, Persian, French, Albanian, and Azerbaijani.

Shahnaz Pahlavi was educated in Switzerland.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Styles of
Princess Shahnaz of Iran
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Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Her first marriage was to Ardeshir Zahedi on 11 October 1957,[1][5] one time Iranian foreign minister and twice Iranian ambassador to the United States (1957–1964 and 1972–1979). She was seventeen when she got married at Golestan Palace in Tehran.[5][6] Zahedi and she first met in Germany in 1955.[5] The couple have one daughter, Princess (styled "Vala Gohari") Zahra Mahnaz Zahedi (born 2 December 1958 in Tehran).[7] They divorced in 1964.

Shahnaz later married Khosrow Jahanbani in February 1971 at the Iranian Embassy, Paris.[8] Their marriage lasted until Jahanbani's death in April 2014. They have one son, Keykhosrow (born 1971) and one daughter, Fawzia (born 1973).

During her father's reign, Shahnaz had investments in agricultural enterprises and assembly plants of Honda bicycles and motorcycles.[9]

After the 1979 revolution[edit]

Since the Iranian revolution Shahnaz Pahlavi has lived in Switzerland.[4]

Titles, styles and Honours[edit]

  • 27 October 1940 - 25 October 1967: Her Royal Highness Princess Shahnaz of Iran
  • 25 October 1967 - Present: Her Imperial Highness Princess Shahnaz of Iran


Iranian Imperial Family
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HIM Empress Farah

HIH Prince Gholam Reza
HIH Princess Manijeh

  • HIH Prince Bahram
    HIH Princess Iman
    • HIH Prince Romil Goger
  • HIH Prince Bahman
    HIH Princess Shohreh
    • HIH Princess Nazbanoo
  • HIH Princess Maryam
  • HIH Princess Azardokht

  • HIH Prince Patrick Ali
    HIH Princess Sounia Maryam
    • HIH Prince Davoud
      • HIH Princess Solvène
    • HIH Prince Houd
    • HIH Prince Muhammad Yunes

HIH Princess Ashraf

  • HH Prince Shahram Pahlavi Ghavam
    HH Princess Naz Pahlavi
    • HH Prince Cyrus Pahlavi
    • HH Prince Amir Pahlavi


16. Captain Murad Ali Khan
8. Major Abbas Ali Khan
4. Shah Rezā Pahlavi of Iran
9. Noush Afarin Ayromlou
2. Shah Mohammad Rezā Pahlavi of Iran
10. General Teymūr Khan Ayromlou
5. Nimtaj Ayromlou
11. Zahra Khanum
1. Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi of Iran
24. Ibrahim Pasha, Wāli of Egypt
12. Isma'il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt
25. Hoshiar Walda
6. King Fuad I of Egypt
13. Ferial Hanem
3. Princess Fawzia Fuad of Egypt
14. Abdel Rahim Sabri Pasha, Governor of Cairo
7. Nazli Sabri
30. Muhammad Sharif Pasha, Prime Minister of Egypt
15. Tewfika Hanim
31. Nazli Hanim


  1. ^ a b "Royal Beauty: Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi (1960's/70's)". Iranian. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Charmody, Diedre (27 July 1973). "Nixon forth to see Shah". The Leader Post (New York). Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "A quick look at the Shah's life". Lawrence Journal. AP. 28 July 1980. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Shah's daughter 'could not stand' exile". BBC. 12 June 2001. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Only child of Shah of Iran will marry in simple rites". Ocala Star Banner (Tehran). AP. 10 October 1957. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Iran Shah's daughter to wed engineer in simple ceremony". Lewiston Evening Journal (Tehran). AP. 10 October 1957. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Milestones, Dec. 15, 1958". Time. 15 December 1958. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Qajar Dynasty". Royal Ark. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "105 Iranian films said controlled by royal family". The Leader Post (Tehran). AP. 22 January 1979. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Pinterest
  11. ^ Royal Ark

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