Shahnaz Pahlavi

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Shahnaz Pahlavi
Princess Shahnaz of Iran.png
Born (1940-10-27) 27 October 1940 (age 78)
Tehran, Iran
SpouseArdeshir Zahedi (1957–1964)
Khosrow Jahanbani (1971–2014)
IssueZahra Mahnaz Zahedi
Keykhosrow Jahanbani
Fawzia Jahanbani
Full name
Shahnaz Pahlavi
Persian: شهناز پهلوی
FatherMohammad Reza Shah
MotherFawzia Fuad of Egypt

Shahnaz Pahlavi (Persian: شهناز پهلوی‎, born 27 October 1940) is the first child of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his first wife, 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 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his first wife Princess Fawzia Fuad.[2][3] Shahnaz is the half-sister of Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi, Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi II and 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 a cousin of the last Egyptian King, Fuad II.[5]

Shahnaz Pahlavi was educated in Switzerland.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Her first marriage, at age sixteen, was to Ardeshir Zahedi on 11 October 1957, at Golestan Palace in Tehran.[1][6] He was one-time Iranian foreign minister and twice Iranian ambassador to the United States (1957–64 and 1972–79).[6][7] Zahedi and she first met in Germany in 1955.[6] The couple have one daughter, Princess (styled "Vala Gohari") Zahra Mahnaz Zahedi (born 2 December 1958 in Tehran).[8] They divorced in 1964.

Shahnaz later married Khosrow Jahanbani in February 1971 at the Iranian Embassy, Paris.[9] Their marriage lasted until Jahanbani's death in April 2014. They have one son, Keykhosrow (born 20 November 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.[10]

After the 1979 Revolution[edit]

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





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  2. ^ Charmody, Diedre (27 July 1973). "Nixon forth to see Shah". The Leader Post. New York. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
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  4. ^ a b "Shah's daughter 'could not stand' exile". BBC. 12 June 2001. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Ashraf Pahlavi: Portrait of a Persian Princess". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Iran Shah's daughter to wed engineer in simple ceremony". Lewiston Evening Journal. Tehran. AP. 10 October 1957. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Milestones, Dec. 15, 1958". Time. 15 December 1958. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  9. ^ "The Qajar Dynasty". Royal Ark. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
  10. ^ "105 Iranian films said controlled by royal family". The Leader Post. Tehran. AP. 22 January 1979. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  11. ^ Pinterest
  12. ^ Royal Ark

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