Princess Soraya Celebrates Her Birthday At Ledoyen

In 1948, Soraya was introduced to the recently divorced Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, by Forough Zafar Bakhtiary, a close relative of Soraya’s, via a photograph taken by Goodarz Bakhtiary, in London, per Forough Zafar’s request. At the time Soraya had completed high school at a Swiss finishing school and was studying the English language in London. They were soon engaged: the Shah gave her a 22.37 carat (4.474 g) diamond engagement ring.

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November 21, 2021 | 6:46 pm