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The Empress of Iran stands in front of the Naderi Throne, upon which her husband sits, while her maids of honour place the heavily magnificent blue velvet robe, embroidered in gold and precious stones.

These three pictures form the sequence of a very brief moment, the Coronation of the Shahbanou of Iran, in the Grand Hall of Golestan Palace. Like Napoleon I had crowned Josephine in 1804, the Shah placed the new Empress of Iranís Crown on his wifeís bare head, a moment of great symbolism and of tremendous emotion.

The Shah gives his hand to the Shahbanou to help her raise, after he had crowned her.

Above, the Shah and Empress Farah after their coronation. Below, a close-up of the Empress of Iran, wearing her Imperial Robe of green velvet and her crown of emeralds, rubies, pearls and diamonds made by Van Cleef & Arpels.

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