Iran

Taj al-Saltana – An unveiled Princess

Taj al-Saltana was born in 1884 as the daughter of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, the ruler of Iran, and a minor Princess called Turan al-Saltana. Her parents were also first cousins. Much of what we know about her, she chose to share with us in her memoirs written in 1914. Her early upbringing in the [read more]

Ashraf Pahlavi

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi – Twin of the Shah

Ashraf ol-Molouk Pahlavi, referred to as Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, was the twin of the late Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. They were born on 26 October 1919 in Tehran, Persia. Ashraf was younger by five hours. They were born to then military commander Reza Pahlavi and Tadj ol-Molouk – two years before the Persian coup d’ état which [read more]