- historical event: Princess Fawzia was famous for her beauty. At the age of 17, she married one of the most sought-after husbands in the Islamic world – future Iranian shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Her Sultanic Highness Princess Fawzia was born in the sultan’s palace in Alexandria, Egypt, on this day in 1921. She was the daughter of Egyptian Sultan Fuad. The palace in which she was born is named Ras el-Tin and is located at a picturesque spot on the Egyptian coast of the Mediterranean Sea. That grand palace covers a land area of some 17,000 square meters and had a garden of some 50,400 square meters. Along with the palace in Cairo, it is one of the most important residences of the Egyptian rulers.
When the princess’s father – Sultan Faud – took the title of king in 1922, she received the title Her Royal Highness. Princess Fawzia was famous for her beauty. At the age of 17, she married one of the most sought-after husbands in the Islamic world – future Iranian shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Fawzia thus became the Iranian ruler, with the title of Her Imperial Highness. Her husband considered her the heir of the powerful Persian emperors who once ruled the Ancient World, and bore the title Shah-in-Shah (King of Kings).
When the Western media saw the young Persian ruler, they were enchanted by her beauty. They named her the “Venus of Asia” and commented that she had a “perfect heart-shaped face and unusually pale, but piercing eyes”.
Unfortunately, her marriage with the Persian shah was not a happy one. They divorced six years later, and she returned to Egypt, to the court of her brother, King Farouk. Persian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi later married again – this time to the famous Empress Farah. Fawzia also remarried, but this time to her compatriot, the Egyptian defense minister and supreme commander of the armed forces, Ismail Shinin.