Reza & Yasmine Pahlavi have a new daughter
January 21, 2004
There has been an addition to the Pahlavi family.
A friend sent me an e-mail telling me of the happy event. A baby
daughter has been born to Shahzadeh Reza Pahlavi and Princess Yasmine
on 17 January, at 17:10 Tehran time. She has been named Farah.
Thousands of children are born everyday in Iran and around the
world. Many of them are born to famous people and celebrities.
Why should this birth be any different from those? And yet it
is. The royal family is the reflection of our national hopes and
and the quintessence of our collective character.
Hearing the news I could not help but remember the times when
I heard about the births of the children of Shahbanou and the
Shah of Iran. I remember the joy and celebration that those
happy moments brought to the nation. It was a confirmation that
were all members of a great family.
In Iran, the real home
of the royal
family was not somewhere behind the walls of an inaccessible
palace, but in every Iranian household. Their felicity filled
us with gladness
and brought smiles to our faces. Those were the time of oneness
and emotional integrity in the life of our nation.
at those royal children who have become grown up men and women
we are filled with pride. The Pahlavis wherever
they have gone in the world, have brought honour to Iran
and have raised
the stature of their country. Their detractors have done
exactly the opposite.
Farah Pahlavi named after her grandmother
is born after Noor and Iman. Gladness has joined light and belief.
in an enlightened Iran, it is an occasion to rejoice and