|Princess of Iran|
Coronation of the Shah of Iran in 1967. Princess Shams (right).
28 October 1917|
|Died||29 February 1996
Santa Barbara, United States
|Burial||Santa Barbara Cemetery|
|Spouse||Fereydoun Djam (m. 1937; div. 1944)
Mehrdad Pahlbod (m. 1945; w. 1996)
|House||House of Pahlavi|
Princess Shams Pahlavi (Persian: شمس پهلوی) ( 28 October 1917 – 29 February 1996 ) was the elder sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. During her brother's reign she was the president of the Red Lion and Sun Society.
Shams Pahlavi married Fereydoun Djam, son of then-prime minister of Iran Mahmoud Djam, under strict orders from her father in 1937, but the marriage was an unhappy one and the couple divorced immediately after the death of Rezā Shāh.
Following the deposition of Reza Shah after the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran in 1941, Shams accompanied her father during his exile to Port Louis, Mauritius, and later Johannesburg, South Africa, and published her memoir of this trip in monthly installments in the Ettela'at newspaper in 1948.
She was deprived of her ranks and titles for a brief period of time after her second marriage to Mehrdad Pahlbod, and lived in the United States from 1945 to 1947. Later, a reconciliation with the court was achieved and the couple returned to Tehran only to leave again during the upheavals of the Abadan Crisis. She converted to Roman Catholicism in the 1940s. Princess Shams was persuaded to convert to Catholicism by Ernest Perron, the best friend of the Shah. Her husband and children adopted Catholicism after her.
After returning to Iran following the 1953 coup which reestablished the rule of her brother, she maintained a low public profile, contrary to that of her sister Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, and confined her activities to the management of the vast fortune she inherited from her father.
- Order of the Pleiades (Neshaan-e haft peikar), 2nd Class, (1957, Iran)
- Order of Aryamehr (Neshān-e Āryāmehr), 2nd Class, (26 September 1967, Iran)
- Find a Grave
- Sharif, Mehdi (24 June 2002). "I cannot blame them". The Iranian. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- "Shams Pahlavi". Fouman. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Milani, Abbas The Shah, London: Macmillan, 2011 page 49.