National Affairs: Coast to Coast on a Red Carpet

Americans enjoy nothing more than entertaining a king, but so many monarchs have been socially disqualified—either for thronelessness, chasing starlets or consorting with the nation's enemies—that there is seldom a chance to singe one with the full, hot blast of democratic hospitality. Last week, however, U.S. officialdom, U.S. hostesses, and U.S. foreign-relations societies had converged with a shout on the genuine article. The target: the Shah of Iran.

The handsome Shah (full title: His Imperial Majesty Mohamed Reza Pahlevi, Shahinshah of Iran), a lean, sad-eyed young (30) monarch, might have been born & bred for the guinea hen & champagne circuit....

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