Chapter

Father and Son

Gholam R. Afkhami

in The Life and Times of the Shah

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780520253285
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253285.003.0002
Father and Son

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This chapter describes the relationship between Mohammad Reza and his father Reza Kahn. Mohammad Reza was his father's love. His birth eclipsed all else in the household, including his twin sister, Ashraf. Mohammad Reza was two years old in 1921 when the coup d'état occurred. Later, Reza Shah, sent his son to Switzerland to study. When the crown prince returned to Iran, his father told him to be a good soldier in order to be a good king. After his son's graduation, Reza Shah made him the inspector of the Imperial Armed Forces, a job the young man was made to take very seriously. He also included his son in his royal activities, making decisions about important matters of state. On 15 March 1939, the crown prince and Princess Fawzieh of Egypt were married in the Abedin Palace in Cairo.

Keywords: Mohammad Reza; Reza Khan; crown prince; Reza Shah; Iran; Switzerland; Imperial Armed Forces

Chapter.  8754 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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