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The Life and Times of the Shah$
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Gholam RezaAfkhami

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253285

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253285.001.0001

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Closing in a Dream

Closing in a Dream

(p.593) 26 Closing in a Dream
The Life and Times of the Shah

Gholam R. Afkhami

University of California Press

The plane carrying the shah from the Azores arrived in Cairo on the 24th of March. As it landed, the shah noticed President Sadat standing with the Egyptian dignitaries and an honor guard waiting to receive him. There was the question of succession. His older son, Reza, had told his mother he was ready to take his father's mantle when the time came and was proud to carry it forward in the same spirit of love for the country that his grandfather and father had harbored. On 26 July 1980, the shah lapsed into a coma. The shah was resuscitated for a few hours, during which time he was able to speak to the crown prince, his wife, his twin sister, and his other children. He died at 9:45 in the morning of 27 July 1980. He was given a grand funeral in Egypt.

Keywords:   Azores, royal couple, shah, President Sadat, Cairo, funeral, Egypt

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