21-year-old Miss Farah Diba, Persia's future Queen, flew into Teheran Airport from Paris, November 21, to a Royal welcome from the Shah's Imperial Guard.
21-year-old Miss Farah Diba, Persia's future Queen, flew into Teheran Airport from Paris, November 21, to a Royal welcome from the Shah's Imperial Guard. Large crowds gathered to welcome the dark-haired former architectural student as she stepped from the plane. Accompanied by General Nassiri, Commander of the Imperial Guard, she left in the Shah's Rolls Royce for a two-hour meeting with the Persian ruler.
Two days later, November 23, in a communique from the Palace, the Shah officially announced his engagement to Miss Diba -- and named the wedding day - December 21. That evening, in a private ceremony at the Palace, the Shah gave Miss Diba a gold ring -- formal token of their engagement. The news became official after weeks of speculation. The Palace announcement said: "The Imperial Court Minister, with great pleasure, informs the public of the news of the engagement of His Imperial Majesty Mohamed Reza Pahlevi with Miss Farah Diba".
During her four-week stay in Paris, Miss Diba chose a wedding dress from the Dior collection and many other clothes for the GBP50,000 trousseau. The young Queen-to-be bears a significant resemblance to ex-Queen Soraya, the Shah's second wife, whom he divorced this year on the grounds that she had not provided the Shah with an heir. By his first wife, the Shah has a daughter.