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Shahnaz Pahlavi
Princess Shahnaz of Iran.png
Princess Shahnaz in 1967
Born (1940-10-27) 27 October 1940 (age 82)
Tehran, Imperial State of Iran
  • Ardeshir Zahedi
    (m. 1957; div. 1964)
  • Khosrow Jahanbani
    (m. 1971; died 2014)
  • Zahra Mahnaz Zahedi
  • Keykhosrow Jahanbani
  • Fawzia Jahanbani
House Pahlavi
Father Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Mother Fawzia of Egypt

Shahnaz Pahlavi (Persian: شهناز پهلوی, born 27 October 1940) is the first child of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his first wife, Princess Fawzia of Egypt.

Early life and education

Shahnaz Pahlavi was born in Tehran on 27 October 1940. She is the only child of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his first wife Princess Fawzia. Shahnaz is the half-sister of Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi, Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi II and Princess Leila Pahlavi – the four children of the Shah by his third wife, Farah Pahlavi. Her maternal grandparents were King Fuad I and Queen Nazli of Egypt; and her paternal grandparents were Reza Shah and Queen Tadj ol-Molouk of Iran. She is also the niece of King Farouk I of Egypt and thus a cousin of the last Egyptian king, Fuad II.

Shahnaz Pahlavi was educated in a Belgian boarding school, the Lycée Léonie de Waha, in Liège and then in Switzerland.

Personal life

Her father had plans for Shahnaz's marriage with King Faisal of Iraq which was not materialized due to her unwillingness. Her first marriage, at age sixteen, was to Ardeshir Zahedi on 11 October 1957, at Golestan Palace in Tehran. He was one-time Iranian foreign minister and twice Iranian ambassador to the United States (1957–64 and 1972–79). Zahedi and she first met in Germany in 1955. The couple have one daughter, Princess (styled "Vala Gohari") Mahnaz Zahedi (born 2 December 1958). They divorced in 1964.

Shahnaz later married Khosrow Jahanbani in February 1971 at the Iranian Embassy, Paris. Their marriage lasted until Jahanbani's death in April 2014. They have one son, Keykhosrow (born 20 November 1971), and one daughter, Fawzia (born 1973).

During her father's reign, Shahnaz had investments in agricultural enterprises and assembly plants of Honda bicycles and motorcycles.

Later years

Since the Iranian Revolution Shahnaz Pahlavi has lived in Switzerland. She has Swiss citizenship. In December 2013 Shahnaz Pahlavi was granted Egyptian citizenship by the Egyptian government.


  • Pahlavi Iran: Grand Cross of the Order of Aryamehr
  • Pahlavi Iran: Grand Cross of the Order of the Pleiades, 1st class
  • Pahlavi Iran: 25th Anniversary medal
  • Pahlavi Iran: 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire


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