EGYPT: Fevered Nuptials

Last week a wedding took place in Abdin Palace, Cairo, at which not a single woman, not even a bride, was present. The ceremony consisted of two signatures on a contract—that of the groom, 19-year-old Crown Prince Shahpur Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Iran; and that of 19-year-old King Farouk of Egypt, acting on behalf of the bride, his 17-year-old sister, Fawziya.

Moslem custom decreed that the bride should be absent. Because of another custom, the couple had never met until two weeks before the wedding. (Rumors that they had met and fallen in love in Switzerland were last week denied.) The...

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