Foreign Royals depart Iran, 1971

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The Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran and Empress Farah were joined by Foreign Royal Guests as they attended the unveiling of the new Shahyad Tower in Tehran on this day in 1971 (50 years ago), to mark the 2500th Anniversary of the Persian Empire. Afterwards, the Shah and Empress saw off many of the Royal Guests at Tehran Airport as the departed Iran marking the end of the lavish festivities called the most expensive party ever held in modern history. Royal attendees in Iran included Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, King Olav V of Norway, King Constantine II, Queen Anne-Marie and Prince Michael of Greece, King Hussein, Princess Muna, and Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan, King Mahendra and Queen Ratna of Nepal, King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium, the King and Queen of Malaysia, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg, Crown Prince Carl Gustav of Sweden, Prince Bernhard of the NetherlandsPrince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco, Prince Franz Joseph and Princess Gina of Liechtenstein, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Princess Anne, Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia of Spain, the Prince and Princess of Naples, the Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, Prince and Princess Mikasa, Prince Moulay Abdallah and Princess Lamia of Morocco, Prince Bhanubandhu Yugala of Thailand.

2500th Anniversary BanquetPersian Dinner in Persepolis

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For the duration of the festivities, the Royal Guests had stayed in a specially constructed Tent City consisting of fifty tents arranged in a star pattern around a central fountain, that allowed the royals to freely interact with each other.  The lavish festivities at Persepolis caused much criticism and became one of the leading factors for the abolition of the Iranian Monarchy in less than a decade.

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