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