20 October 2015

Farah Pahlavi's Gala Jewels

Farah Pahlavi's time as the Queen/Empress of Iran may have been rather short -- less than two decades -- but she still managed to pack in a number of glittering appearances in that span. And since the family's exile and the Shah's death, Farah has continued to make more toned-down gala appearances for various charities. Here's a look at the history of her gala jewels so far.

April 1960: Wearing a diamond tiara with an unknown provenance for a state visit from King Hussein of Jordan

October 1961: Wearing the Noor-ol-Ain Tiara at a state banquet at the Elysee Palace in Paris

October 1961: Another view of the French state banquet

October 1961: Wearing the Noor-ol-Ain at the opera during the French state visit

1962: Wearing diamonds in Amsterdam during the silver wedding anniversary celebrations for Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands

October 1964: In the Noor-ol-Ain at the opening of the Senate in Tehran

November 1964: Wearing the Noor-ol-Ain to host King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola (wearing the Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara and the Wolfers Necklace) of Belgium for an official visit

1967 (?): Wearing the Noor-ol-Ain as the Shah greets Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands

1974: At a dinner with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing

1975: Gala attire during a visit to Aspen, Colorado

1978: Wearing her turquoise parure; unlike most of her jewels, the turquoises were her personal possessions, but she left them behind in Iran as the family fled the country

1997: With her son, Crown Prince Reza, at a gala in Monaco marking the 700th anniversary of the House of Grimaldi

November 1997: With Queen Silvia of Sweden at the annual Nuit de L'Enfance charity gala at the Palace of Versailles

December 1998: At a charity gala at the Hotel Ritz in Paris

January 2000: At a classical music concert

September 2002: At a charity gala at Versailles

December 2003: With the Duchess of Brabant (now Queen Mathilde of the Belgians) at the Nuit de L'Enfance gala at Versailles

May 2004: At the pre-wedding gala for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

May 2004: At the royal wedding in Denmark

May 2004: With her son, Crown Prince Reza, and his wife, Yasmine, at the pre-wedding gala for Felipe and Letizia of Spain

December 2004: With the Duchess of Gloucester at the Nuit de L'Enfance gala at Versailles

April 2006: At a private exhibition in Venice

July 2007: Gala celebration of Valentino's 45th anniversary

September 2007: Opening of a new Dior store in Paris

August 2010: Wedding of Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark

November 2010: Book launch in London

July 2011: Wedding reception for Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco

December 2014: Charity gala in Paris