DIPLOMATS: Chief of Protocol at Imperial Pahlavi Court (1950's)

DIPLOMATS: Chief of Protocol at Imperial Pahlavi Court (1950's)
by Darius Kadivar
Rostam Khan Amir Bakhtiar, Chief of Protocol at the Pahlavi Court from 1953 until the end of Pahlavi Dynasty in 1979. Rostam Khan served under both Queen Soraya ( with whom he shared common Bakhtiary roots) and Empress Farah. (circa 1950's)
Shah Receives Diplomatic Corps, Members of Government
and Military at Golestan Palace (1950's UI news report)

Protocol On Film: Coronation Ceremony in The Prisoner of Zenda
Starring Ronald Colman, Mary Astor and David Niven (1937)

Related Blog:

pictory:Mehrdad Pahlbod Minister of Culture and Arts, 1964-1978 


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Kourosh Aryamanesh

آقای کديور

Kourosh Aryamanesh

شما سورۀ ياسين به عربی يا معادل فرانسه آنرا بلديد بخوانيد؟

با سپاس


Proof that all good deeds are punished DK

by fozolie on

What you need to realize is that ignorance is bliss for the likes of Ooosta.   His mind cannot tolerate anything beyond what he learns at his nightly Akaber classes so it torments him.

Quebeqi, that is not just the official attire for the Chief of Protocol but the required male cerermonial attire for royal audiences. No longer needed under the auspices of our glorious revolution. The Polyster wearing Islamic Student Society Geeks (as there is nothing meek about them except their insincere pretences) have indeed inherited the earth.

Mr. Fozolie


DK, I was going to go ...

by qalandar on


La touche française?

by Quebeqi on

It is interesting to see that the Chief of Protocol uniform looks almost exactly like the Académie Française uniform. Is it the French Touch à l'iranienne?


The Prisoner of Zenda, I loved that movie when I was a kid! Mr. Kadivar, you are amazing with all these nostalgic images that bring us back in our chilhoods. Especially with those old French films and American cult series :).


DK, you're an entertainer...

by Ostaad on

through and through. An educator? Nah... I sure don't think so.

I have to tell you that you'd make a great grand father because the stories you tell are fascinating and any kid would be very happy to hear them. Nonsense, but fascinating nonetheless.

Darius Kadivar

Ostaad for your Education

by Darius Kadivar on

I call Farah an Empress Because Farah was Crowned Empress Not Queen!

As you should know the King becomes Officially King after making an Oath in Front of Parliament. That is enough to consider him as King/Shah. In the case of Mohamed Reza Pahlavi he became Shah immediately after making his Oath at Age 20 in Front of the Parliament in I believe October 1941. So Crowned or Not He is King. However the Coronation is a necessary ceremony in every Monarchy. The Shah chose to do so Only after he felt his "Mission" for his country was sufficiantely fullfilled. In otherwords when he Basically  felt that  The Revolution of Shah and People known as "The White Revolution" was on its march. He was not forced to wait so long but that was his decision and desire.

Crown Prince Reza was not able to do so on his 20th birthday so he took a symbolic Oath as "Roi de Jure" in Cairo in front of the Press until the moment he can do so in Practice in Front of the Parliament and be de Facto declared as Shah.

As for Soraya she was Queen and then Only Royal Princess since she had to divorce the Shah.

There is no real distinction in Persian between Shahbanou, or Malekeh.

In English we make a distinction between an Emperor's Wife aka Empress and a King's Wife aka a Queen.

But given that for Iranians/Persians the notion of Kingdom and Empire are basically the same, I tried to make a slight literary distinction in my introduction.




DK, aren't you referring to...

by Ostaad on

the royal sartavilleh?

Regarding the Shah's wives, how come you call Soraya a "Queen", and Farah  an "Empress"?!!! What changed, buddy? Are you saying Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was only a king when he was married to Ms. Soraya Esfandiari-Bakhtiari, and miraclously became an "Emperor" by the time he marreid Ms. Farah Diba?

BTW, both ladies beh sareh oun khodabyaamorz zyaad boudan.



by Mehrban on

The hand writing at the bottom of the photo is beautiful.