Queen Fawzia of Iran..1942 by Beaton.
In 1939, Princess Fawzia of Egypt married prince of Iran, Mohammed Reza, the two united two Muslim lands. Political and personal motives for the union: for the Egyptian King Farouk, the princess’s brother, the marriage asserted a constitutional monarch’s power in a region ruled by the British. For the shah ,formerly a soldier, the century-old Egyptian royal family conferred aristocratic legitimacy on his own. At the wedding in Cairo, guests received bonbon boxes made of gold and precious stones; flower-filled floats paraded down the wide avenues; fireworks were set off over the Nile.When the prince became shah, Fawzia became the empress of Iran.Rumours of Fawzia’s marital unhappiness reached Cairo. A member of the court was sent to Tehran, where he found Fawzia to be neglected and gravely ill: Her shoulder blades, he reported, “jutted out like the fins of some undernourished fish.” King Farouk demanded that the two divorce. Princess Shahnaz stayed in Iran.Fawzia married again, in 1949, to a royalist officer Ismail Cherine, and had two more children. The Egyptians, most of whom were poor had by then turned against the royal family. Farouk was viewed as a corrupt and incompetent playboy, a monarch beholden to an occupying foreign power. In 1952, a coup led by Col. Gamal Nasser was widely heralded among Egyptians (and much of the world) as an act of emancipation. Farouk boarded the royal yacht and sailed to Italy, never to return to the throne. Fawzia, unlike most of her relatives, stayed in Egypt with her family. They settled in a villa in Alexandria, where she lived a quiet, almost anonymous life in reduced circumstances, melting into the background .In 1976, Sadat, invited Princess Shahnaz, to the royal palace She had not been there for 20 odd years it was her former home:Fawzia said,"I am afraid I think my brother did not read carefully all the quran "she said. “we would still be here as the ruling royal family.” #oldphotograph #blackandwite #cecilbeaton #egypt #iran #princess #queen #beautiful #icon #legend #fawzia #royal #1940s #portrait #class #politics #rule #glamour #royal #milady #portrait #light #shadow #love #history #quran #