The deposed Shah of Iran was buried in Cairo on Tuesday (29 July) after an imposing state funeral ordered by the Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat.
GV EXTERIOR Abdin presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt
SV INTERIOR Egyptian President Anwar Sadat leads family of exiled Shah of Iran down steps into hall to flag draped coffin
CU Shah's widow, Farah Diba, alongside his son, Prince Reza Pahlavi
CU PAN Naval contingent carry coffin from building
GV, LV & SV: Band plays in square as coffin slowly moves off aboard gun carriage (3 SHOTS)
gv & tv Cortege passes through streets of Cairo (3 SHOTS)
GV TILT Minaret on Al-Rifaie Mosque
TV Coffin taken from gun carriage to steps of Mosque
SV INTERIOR Officials precede coffin as it is carried into building (2 SHOTS)
GV EXTERIOR Troops lined up outside Mosque
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Background: The deposed Shah of Iran was buried in Cairo on Tuesday (29 July) after an imposing state funeral ordered by the Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat. His resting place is a perfumed grave in the sacred nineteenth-century Al-Rifaie mosque.
SYNOPSIS: The funeral ceremony began at the Abdin presidential palace in Cairo, where the Shah's body had remained overnight. World leaders shunned the funeral. The only international figures present were the former President of the United States, Richard Nixon, and the deposed King Constantine of Greece. President Sadat led the family of the exiled Shah to the coffin in the main hall of the Abdin palace.
The chief mourners were the Shah's widow, former Empress farah Diba, and their son and heir to the throne, Prince Reza Pahlavi.
The coffin, draped with the Iranian imperial flag of red, white and green, was taken, from the palace by an egyptian navy contingent.
It was then placed on a black gun-carriage drawn by six black horses, to begin a two-mile journey along the cobbled streets of old Cairo to the Al-Rifaie mausoleum.
As the cortege passed through the streets, troops lined the route, in places standing shoulder to shoulder. Hundreds of plain -clothes security police mingled with the mourners. But for most of the way, the crowds were sparse.
The mosque, a lime and alabaster building constructed in 1912, contained the remains of the Mohamed Ali royal family, which ruled Egypt until the overthrow of King Farouk in 1952. When the procession arrived, Egyptian sailors carried the coffin from the gun-carriage through the ornate mosque doors.
As the former Shah was taken to his burial place, a final farewell began with a 21-gun salute. An Imam of the Shia sect read verses from the Keran over the coffin. The Shah's body may be moved later. In his final weeks, the former Iranian monarch is believed to have told his aides he would like a mausoleum built for him on Plantation Island, a beauty spot at Aswan on the upper reaches of the Nile.