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Royal Highness Princess Fawzia of Egypt
An Egyptian : Princess
Fawzia was Queen of Iran for a brief period.
Sultanic Highness the Princess Fawzia of Egypt
Fawzia daughter of Sultan Fuad I of Egypt
(Alexandria, Egypt, November 5, 1921 -)
Later she became Fawzia Shirin, having remarried in 1949 and having lost her royal titles in 1952 when the Egyptian monarchy was abolished, although she is referred to as Princess out of courtesy. She is the senior member of the deposed Egyptian Royal Family residing in Egypt. Her nephew Fuad, who was proclaimed King Fuad II of Egypt upon the departure of his father into exile in Europe, resides in Switzerland.
An Egyptian citizen of mostly Albanian, Circassian, and French descent, Princess Fawzia is a member of the Muhammad Ali dynasty, a family of Albanian origin which came to prominence in Egypt under the Ottoman Empire.
One of her great-great-grandfathers was Suleiman Pasha, a French army officer who served under Napoleon, converted to Islam, and oversaw an overhaul of the Egyptian army.
In addition to her sisters Faiza, Faika, and Fathiya, and her brother Farouk, she had two half-siblings from her father's previous marriage to Princess Shivakiar Hanum Effendi. Princess Fawzia was raised to the rank of Royal Highness in 1922, when her father became king.
Egyptian Royal Family
The marriage was not a success. After the birth of the couple's only child, Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi, Queen Fawzia -- the title of empress was not yet used in Iran at that time -- obtained an Egyptian divorce in 1945, whereupon she moved to Cairo.
This divorce was not recognized by Iran, however, and eventually an official divorce was obtained, in Iran, on November 17, 1948, with Queen Fawzia reclaiming her previous distinction of Princess of Egypt. A major condition of the divorce was that her daughter be left behind to be raised in Iran. Curiously, Queen Fawzia's brother, King Farouk, divorced his first wife, Queen Farida, the same week.
In the official announcement of the divorce, it was stated that "the Persian climate had endangered the health of Empress Fawzia, and that thus it was agreed that the Egyptian King's sister be divorced." In another official statement, the Shah said that the dissolution of the marriage "cannot affect by any means the existing friendly relations between Egypt and Iran."
first bloodless religious revolution against the established church in
Nefertiti Turns Egypt Upside Down!! 1350 BC - Queen Nefertiti is reported to have led her Egyptian subjects on a wild spree of idol-smashing, temple-destruction, and forced migration, all part of a campaign of religious reformation.
"From now on, there will be only one Deity, and that Deity is Aten, the Sun Disc," she has commanded.
Reliable sources in the Nile Valley report that all temples to gods other than Aten have been closed, and that a hefty fine will be imposed on anyone caught with an outlawed statuette.
Idols are to be smashed immediately, and the shards turned over to the priests of Aten.
"The capital of Egypt will now be at Tel El Amarna," reads a decree widely circulated in cuneiform on clay tablets.
"All priests are to settle within one hour's journey of the new Temple to Aten. All bidders on public works contracts will likewise have their head offices within the same specified distance."
Egyptian leaders in exile have disputed the motives behind the upheaval. "It's just a ploy to concentrate power and wealth in her hands and those of her husband, Ikhnaton," stated one defrocked priest.
"Everybody knows that Nefertiti has risen to her position on qualities that have nothing to do with religion.
She isn't called Incarnation of Beauty for nothing," he added, referring to the literal meaning of her name. The source asked not to be identified, fearing reprisals. Tel El Amarna, Nile Valley, 2004 - from Paul Glassman, special correspondent "Wow," commented Joe Shiner, an agro-businesman from Des Moines, as he toured the main temple at Tel El Amarna. "It's one thing to hear that Nefertiti was a real beauty. But it's quite another to visit in person and learn the real story." "Until I came here, I didn't know that she was behind the idea of having only one god-even before the Hebrews and Christians and followers of Mohammed.
"And now that I see her picture, I can understand why people followed her. This is not what I expected . . . not at all!" Mr. Shiner gestured as he spoke to a temple painting of a well-endowed Nefertiti in a chariot, wearing only a see-through cloak and thong-style panties.
she was my queen, I'd follow her to the end of the . . . "
Disclaimer: The facts presented are as accurate as can be ascertained from the archeological record. Mr. Joe Shiner is a composite of the satisfied clients of Travel in Style.
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Her Majesty Queen Nefertiti Turns Egypt Upside Down!!