Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi

H.I.H. Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi H.I.H. Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi

H.I.H. Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi was born in Tehran, Iran on October 31, 1960 to His Majesty The Late Shah of Iran and Empress Farah Pahlavi. As Crown Prince of Iran he left Iran at the age of 17 for air force (or pilot) training. It was during this time that the establishment of the clerical regime in Iran prevented his return to his homeland. Despite being forced to live in exile, Reza Pahlavi’s commitment and patriotic duty to Iran endures. At the onset of Iran Iraq war Prince Reza volunteered to serve as a fighter pilot in the Iranian Air Force.

Reza Pahlavi completed his higher education with a degree in political science from the University of Southern California. An accomplished fighter pilot, Reza Pahlavi completed the United States Air Force Training Program at the Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. During the Iran-Iraq War, Reza Pahlavi volunteered to serve his country’s military as a fighter pilot, but was declined by the clerical regime.

For over thirty years, Reza Pahlavi has been a leader and advocate of the principles of freedom, democracy and human rights for his countrymen. He maintains constant contact with his compatriots both inside and outside the country. Pahlavi travels the world meeting with heads of state, legislators, policy-makers, interest groups and student groups speaking about the plight of Iranians under the Islamic regime in Iran. He consistently speaks out against the widespread abuse and oppression of the Iranian people and calls for the establishment of a secular democracy in Iran. Since the fraudulent elections of 2009, Pahlavi's singular message of solidarity and unity for a secular and democratic Iran has taken on a new air of urgency.

In addition to numerous articles, Reza Pahlavi has written three books, on the state of affairs in Iran: Gozashteh va Ayandeh (Kayhan Publishing, 2000); Winds of Change: The Future of Democracy in Iran (2002); and IRAN: L’Heure du Choix [IRAN: The Deciding Hour] (Denoël, 2009).

Reza Pahlavi has lived in exile since 1978. He married Yasmine Etemad-Amini on June 12, 1986. They have three daughters: Noor Pahlavi (April 3, 1992), Iman Pahlavi (September 12, 1993), and Farah Pahlavi  (January 17, 2004).

Yasmine is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Law with a Doctorate in Juries Prudence. She was admitted to the Bar and practiced for ten years as a lawyer, for the Children’s Law Center, as a legal advocate for at-risk youth. Yasmine also founded the Foundation for the Children of Iran (FCI) in 1991. FCI, a non-profit foundation, provides complex, life saving, free health care services to indigent Iranian children.


Spouse
Yasmine Etemad-Amini (July 26, 1968)


Issue
Princess Noor Pahlavi (April 3, 1992)
Princess Iman Pahlavi (September 12, 1993)
Princess Farah Pahlavi (January 17, 2004)

Siblings
Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi (October 27, 1940)
Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi (12 March 1963)
Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi (28 April 1966 – 4 January 2011)
Princess Leila Pahlavi (27 March 1970 – 10 June 2001)

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