Coronation Regalia of the Empress of Iran

The Coronation of Emperor Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran was held in the Grand Hall of the Golestan Palace of Tehran in 1967. The Emperor crowned his consort, Farah Pahlavi, during his own coronation ceremony. This was the first ever crowning of a wife of an Iraninan monarch and was a symbol of the modernisation of Iran. It was to be the final monarchy of Iran as it was overthrown in the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

The Empress’s coronation robes were designed by Marc Bohan of Christian Dior and the attire was woven and cut in Iran. The green velvet robe featured the House of Pahlavi coat of arms embroidered in gold and adorned with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The train of the robe was five metres in length.

The coronation jewellery of crown and necklace was made for Empress Farah in Iran by Parisian jewellers, Van Cleef & Arpels, from items in the Iranian Crown Jewels.

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