Celebrating his 40th birthday, the Shah of Persia received more than a thousand people in the old Guleston Palace, Tehran, Oct 27 - including members of Persia's Parliament and foreign diplomats.
LV.PAN.Diplomats arrive at Palace.
SV. Soldiers grouped look on.
SV. Aga Khan leaves Place.
LV. Arab diplomats arriving.
SV. Russian ambassador and party arrive.
SV. British Ambassador Sir Geoffrey Hanison arrives.
SV. Members of Government arriving.
LV. Shah enters through doorway.
SV. Shah shaking hands.
LV. Diplomats leave through corridor.
SV.PAN. Shah walks from room.
SIDE V. Iranian officers etc.
LV.PAN.Shah walks past.
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Background: Celebrating his 40th birthday, the Shah of Persia received more than a thousand people in the old Guleston Palace, Tehran, Oct 27 - including members of Persia's Parliament and foreign diplomats.
Outside the Place, crowds thronged the streets as politicians and high-ranking foreign visitors called to pay their respects to the Persian ruler. Notable callers: the American, Russian and British Ambassadors, and the Aga Khan.
In a birthday message to his ministers, the Shah pledged that big estates would soon disappear from Persia, under agrarian reforms giving peasants their own land. Two young men - Mr. Mansur and Mr. Amuzegar, were appointed Ministers of Labour and Agriculture respectively. Their task: to speed up welfare programmes.
Although the whole of Persia - and indeed the world - expected the Shah to announce his engagement to 21-year-old Miss Farah Diba, he declined to say anything about reports of his forthcoming marriage. But he was reported to be "overjoyed" at receiving a birthday telegram from her in Paris. An Embassy spokesman there said the engagement would be officially announced in due time.