Princess Fawzia of Egypt passed away on this day in 2013. The eldest daughter of Sultan Fuad I of Egypt and Sudan and Queen Nazli, she was the sister of the future King Farouk and was of Albanian, Turkish, French and Circassian descent. Growing up between Cairo and Alexandria, Princess Fawzia was educated in Switzerland and fluent in Arabic, English, French, Turkish, and Farsi. In 1939, she married Crown Prince Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran, who soon acceded his father, making her Queen Fawzia. The couple had one daughter, Princess Shahnaz, but as she was deeply unhappy in Iran, she returned to Egypt in 1945, with the divorce finalizing three years later, the official reason given that the climate endangered her health. Princess Fawzia remarried the following year, to Colonel Ismail Chirine, and had two children, remaining happily married until his death in 1994. After the divorce of her brother and the banishment of her mother, Princess Fawzia acted as the First Lady at the Egyptian Court for a couple of years right before the abolition of the Monarchy in 1953. She was one of the few members of the Royal Family who continued to reside in Egypt until she passed away in 2013.
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