INTRODUCTION: A memorial service was held in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Monday (27 July) at the first anniversary of the death of the former Shah of Iran.
GV Reza arrives for service.
GV police lining Cairo street near Mosque.
SV Mother Shahbanon arrives at Mosque and walks up steps.
CU PULL BACK GV Large poster of late Shah.
GV Shah Reza waiting for President Sadat.
SV Sadat arrival, embraces Shah Reza, then both enter mosque.
GV INTERIOR Tomb of Shah. (2 SHOTS)
SCU PAN President Sadat and Shah Reza pay tribute.
SV EXTERIOR President Sadat and Shah Reza embrace outside mosque after ceremony.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A memorial service was held in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Monday (27 July) at the first anniversary of the death of the former Shah of Iran. The private ceremony was also attended by senior members of the Iranian community now living in exile in Egypt. Mohammed Reza Pahlevi became Shah of Iran in 1941. He lost control of the country in 1979 and spent the remaining months of his life in exile. He died of cancer.
SYNOPSIS: The service was held at the Rai Mosque in the hills of Cairo. First to arrive was the former Shah's eldest son from this third marriage, 20-year-old Crow Prince Reza Cyrus.
He was to be joined by his mother and other members of the family who had come to pay their respects before the arrival of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The family stayed in Egypt after spending time in Morocco, the Bahamas, Mexico and the United States.
The Revolutionary Leader Ayatollah Khomeini took control of Iran after the Shah was forced to flee, thus depriving young Shah Reza of the right to rule.
President Sadat cut short a visit to Alexandria when the Shah died last year and told a nationwide broadcast he had lost 'a personal friend and Moslem brother'. He then declared a week of mourning in Egypt and despite the Shah's declared with for a simple funeral he was buried with full State honours. It was then that President Sadat offered to provide sanctuary for members of the Iranian royal family, which he considered to be headed by Crown Prince Reza.
The Shah's final resting place is where his father, Reza Khan has been interred for several years following his death in exile in South Africa in 1944. Several members of the Egyptians royal family are also buried here.
The late Shah maintained that his aim was to rebuild Iran and transform it into an industrialised nation based on Western culture and institutions. He received financial and military support from the United States.