Shortly before he became engaged to Miss Farah Diba, the Shah of Persia, accompanied by Persian Premier Eqbal, participated in a tree-planting ceremony - part of a national afforestation and agrarian development campaign.
GV Shah leaves palace.
BACK V..Ditto with escort.
GV Shah and party at tree planting ceremony.
SV Shah heads group.
SV PAN UP..tree.
CU Shah lifts tree into hole.
SV Prime Minister Eqbal places earth around root of tree.
CU Shah looking on (wearing spectacles).
GV Shah and party during national anthem.
LV Changing of the guard.
LV Crowd outside palace gates.
SV Flowers are carried into palace.
LV Shah seated with fiance, and relations.
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Background: Shortly before he became engaged to Miss Farah Diba, the Shah of Persia, accompanied by Persian Premier Eqbal, participated in a tree-planting ceremony - part of a national afforestation and agrarian development campaign.
Nov.23, in his personal palace, Teheran, the Shah became officially engaged to Miss Farah Diba, 20-year-old former architectural student, to whom he was introduced by his daughter Princess Shahnaz.
Before the ceremony a large basket of red carnations arrived at the palace - a gift from Teheran chief of police.
Relatives of both families; Premier Eqbal, and some of the Shah's personal friends and advisers attended the ring-exchanging rite. It was a simple ceremony. Miss Diba wore a green slim-skirted gown which shimmered as tiny beads in the cloth reflected light.
After a brief ceremony the 40-year-old Shah, wearing coffee-coloured Commander of Armed Forces uniform, and Miss Diba sat together on a gold-coloured couch, surrounded by guests. Tea and sweetmeats were served.
The marriage is scheduled for Dec.21 this year. Even in the short time since the Shah made his choice, Teheran has taken her to its heart. Buntings fly in the city acclaiming her and asking "May Allah grant them 10 children."
For the Shah, his wife-to-be, and the Persian throne, it is imperative that the marriage is fruitful. The Shah has already divorced two wives (Fawzia and Soraya) because neither could bear him a son and heir.