King Zahir Shah (1914-2007) and the Royal Family of Afghanistan

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Nov 18, 2005
Hi everyone!
I was curious to know about what happened to Afghan king Zahir Shah after the taliban took over.
I would also like to know the present Afgahn royal family whereabouts.
just curious!
I was watching this show, don't ask why,:eek: and it was called "Survival of the Richest." In the game there are two groups, the rich kids and the poor kids. Well, one of the rich kids happened to be a member of the Afghani Royalty. They only gave her first name which was "Sammy" and her net worth, actually her families net worth was over a billion dollars. I was wondering what was her case. Is she really part of the royal family or anything you guys know about her?? Thanks.:)
indian_royal said:
I was curious to know about what happened to Afghan king Zahir Shah after the taliban took over.
The King moved to Rome prior to the Soviet invasion, returned for the installation of the current president and government after the Taliban was overthrown, and I assume then went back to Rome.
thanks Warren. How long was the King king over there. Well, can I have a little back history of the monarch.
What has Become of the Afghani Royals?

What has Become of the Afghani Royals?

Well, at least two sisters of one line of the family live in San Francisco. I do not disclose their names to protect their privacy, but they can found on the links Ben posted.

I went to law school with one of them in the late 80s and early 90s. The other sister is an artist. The law student sister and I were part of the same group. On many occasions we went bar hopping and at times had a few too many. I heard rumors that she was royalty, but at the time I didn’t think much of it. The sisters were pleasant and not pretentious. They were of means, but not apparently more than the others in the group. As far as I recall, the family came to the US via Switzerland. They first landed in DC and then moved to Los Angeles. After 9/11 and there was talk about restoration of the monarchy, I looked for her on Afghani royal sites, etc. And low and behold, there she was!
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King Mohammed Zahir Shah is actually now living quietly in Afghanistan.He has been given the ceremonial title 'Father of the Nation'.I reckon that the U.S. Government made a huge mistake in insisting that Afghanistan adopt a banana republican system.Afghanistan is better off under a monarchy,as the people desire both unity & peace.The King of Afghanistan represents both as well as continuity.

What do you think?

I think that I agree! :p However, any country must have power over all the others to "allow" other States to be this or that. There are the peoples themselves that must decide what they wants.

However, we have a problem: Monarchy had too bad press and people seems to follow what press said. So, I suppose they wouldn't choice a Monarchy, even if -it's my opinion, you can have other it is the better system of governement it can be...:unhappy: But as I always said, time is the better teacher we can have...and maybe people changes their opinion.

King Zahir Meets Italian Contingent
(May 18, 2005)
It is the first time that a representation from the Italian contingent engaged in Operation Isaf has met the former King, who is strongly connected to Italy, having spent nearly 30 years in exile in Italy...

Former King Zahir Shah might intervene in Cantoni abduction
(from 2005)
Negotiations for the release of Italian aid worker Clementina Cantoni, who was kidnapped on May 16 in Kabul, are still stalled.
Afghan authorities are still sounding reassuring as to the young woman’s conditions, whilst negotiators are trying to enlist prominent figures such as Zahir Shah, the last King of Afghanistan, now more commonly known as the “Father of the Nation”...
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Afghan ex-monarch in peace moves
(from 2000)
Afghanistan's former monarch, King Zahir Shah, has sent a delegation with a peace proposal to Islamabad, to meet both Pakistani and Taleban officials...

The Once and Future King?
(2001) Now living in exile outside of Rome, 87-year old Zahir Shah reigned as king of Afghanistan from 1933 until July 1973, when his cousin, prince Mohammed Daoud Khan, seized power and proclaimed a republic...

Once (and future?) Afghan king
(2001) From dusty refugee camps in Pakistan, to Taliban-controlled villages of Afghanistan, to the White House, the name of an elderly Afghan monarch is suddenly on everyone's lips...
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Afghanistan's Former King to Return Home in March
(from 2002)
Afghanistan's former King, Zahir Shah, is to end 28 years of exile and return home in mid-March, his son said on Saturday, as the country's interim leader called for U.S. forces to remain there until the al Qaeda network is totally wiped out...

In Afghan town, warlords clash over the king's return
(from 2002)
Thousands of Pashtun tribesmen swept down from the mountains into this city during the past three days to fend off what they claim is a conspiracy to smother Afghanistan's royal revival...

King for a Day
(from 2002)
By now, old King Zahir Shah--returned home to Afghanistan last week after 29 years of luxurious exile in Rome--is probably comfortably ensconced in his new residence, a two-story Kabul "mansion" whose last occupant was a high-ranking Taliban official. For all the hoopla surrounding his return, though, His Majesty's greatest asset is probably his lack of ambition...

Former Afghan king returns to palace
(from 2002)
Afghanistan's ex-king, Zahir Shah, has moved back into his former palace in the capital, Kabul, nearly 30 years after being deposed. He was welcomed back to his quarters in what is now the presidential palace by current the Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai, at a tea party...

Afghan wind blows dynasty away
(from 2002)
On the day Afghans gathered, a fierce wind blew in from the west - a raw and blinding force that swept sheets of sand and dust across Kabul...
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Taliban dissidents may defect to exiled king
(from 2001)
HUNDREDS of Taliban commanders, mullahs and tribal leaders are ready to defect to the former King Zahir Shah who has issued an appeal for a national uprising against the regime...

Musharraf invites ex-king’s emissary for talks
(from 2001)
Pakistan’s overture to the former king of Afghanistan was welcomed by the monarch’s family today as communication problems hampered efforts to form a transitional government they hope will replace the Taliban...
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Former Afghan king Zahir Shah ready to help his people
(from 2001)
Former Afghan king Mohammed Zahir Shah could play a major role in the political reconciliation of his former kingdom, facing military action in reprisal for attacks on the United States, the UN's special envoy for Afghanistan said Sunday...

All the king's men
(from 2001)
Both the West and the Afghan opposition to the Taliban regime are looking to the exiled Afghan King Zahir Shah for leadership...

UN visit boosts claims of ex-king of Afghanistan
(from 2001)
Afghanistan's exiled king, Zahir Shah, yesterday moved into the limelight as a candidate to lead a transitional government should the US succeed in overthrowing the Taliban.
A United Nations representative visited his villa in Rome in the wake of confirmation that the Americans would fly a delegation from the anti-Taliban alliance to him later this week...,1361,556937,00.html

Spotlight falls on Afghan ex-king
(from 2001)
A UN envoy has said that Afghanistan's former monarch, Zahir Shah, could play a major role in a future settlement for the country.
He met the former king in Rome after Zahir Shah offered to return home if his services were needed in the current crisis and Afghanistan's anti-Taleban alliance announced it was sending a delegation for talks...
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Son of ex-Afghan king buried
(from 2002)
The son of former Afghan King Mohammad Zahir Shah has been buried in the capital, Kabul, after a memorial service...

Afghan king's wife dies in Rome
(from 2002)
The wife of Afghan king Zahir Shah has died in Rome only a few weeks before she was to return to her homeland to be reunited with her husband.
Homaira Shah, 84-years-old, died two days after being admitted to hospital with breathing problems and heart trouble...

Ex-queen buried in Afghanistan
(from 2002)
The body of Afghanistan's former queen arrived in Kabul on Sunday where her remains were buried in the royal tomb.
Homaira Zahir Shah, 86, died on Wednesday in hospital in Italy...
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I'm relieved that the Queen and her son could rest in their homeland. It's always sad to be buried in exile.

Hope that Afghanistan could become a Monarchy again, if its people wants it.

Condolences to the Afghan Royal family and the country. Losing a Father of The Nation must be very hard to Afghanistan.

From the news I understand that his body is now lie in state at the Kabul Mosque. Can members of the public pay their last respect there?

Will there be any dignitaries attending his funeral tomorrow? Is this recognised as a State Funeral.

Why does it take about 3 days for a Muslim to bury the deceased as in Islam the body must be buried very soon?

Thank you for answers.

More obituaries for the late HM King Mohammed Zahir Shah (1914-2007)

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Afghanistan buries its last king
24 Jul 2007
The funeral has taken place in Kabul of Afghanistan's last king, Mohammad Zahir Shah, who died on Monday aged 92.
Dignitaries from around the world bade farewell to the man known as the father of the nation. He was buried beside his father and wife on a hill above Kabul...
BBC NEWS | South Asia | Afghanistan buries its last king
his youngest son just got married to swiss woman...

30.05. - Hereditary Prince Mir Wais of Afghanistan married a Swiss woman at the Palazzo della Repubblica, San Marino

Courtesy Netty Royalty Page.

Why is his youngest son called hereditary Prince?

his eldest surviving son is also called Crown Prince... Which one is the Head of Household?
Any news about this Royal Family?
I am a firm beliver of that a monarchy is the best in any country. I would hope Afghanistan will reinstate the monarchy.
Afghanistan is still indeed torn by war, but if the royal family is the focal point of the people who turn to the royal family as "guidal light" for the future, the they should reinstate it. What makes me dissapointed is that a HUGE republican nation like the US may have pushed for them not to reinstate a monarchy, which is wrong. Even though many citizens in US loves royal families, historcaly (and politicaly) the US is the embodiment of anti-monarchy.
I hope the afghan people reinstates it as it's part of what was Afghanistan before the Taliban seized the country.
Any members of the Royal Family live in Kabul?
The engagement was announced between Prince Mohammed Fakr-ad-Din of Egypt, Prince of Sa'ed (b.5 February 1979) [son of King Fouad II of Egipt (b.1952) & his former wife, Dominique-France "Fadila" Picard (b.1948)] and Princess Noal Zaher of Afganistan (b.1980) [daughter of Prince Muhammad Daud Pashtunyar Khan (b.1949) {himself son of King Muhammad Zahir Shah of Afganistan (1914-2007) & his wife, Queen Humaira Begum (1918-2002)} & his wife Fatima Aref Zaher)] on 27 April in Istambul.

Sources: Noblesse & Royautés » Fiançailles officielles du prince Mohammed Ali d’Egypte et de la princesse Noal Zaher
Princess Leylâ of Afghanistan née Tarzi died in Genève, Switzerland, on 19 June 2013.

She was born on 3 September 1932 as the oldest of three children and only daughter of Colonel Abdul Tawwab Khan Tarzi (1907-1999) & his wife Zakira Begum (died 1999, youngest daughter of Captain Hafiz Faris Bey Akoglu of Damascus, Syria).
On 27 July 1958 she married Prince Ihsanu’llah Khan of Afghanistan (b.1926), fifth son of H.M. Amanullah Shah Ghazi, the King of Afganistan & his third wife, Queen Suiraya Shahzada Khanum. She is survived by him & their two sons Rahmat'ullah (b.1961) and Aman'ullah (b.1965).

Sources: These Royal Recently Passed Away | NettyRoyal
What happend with the members ? Where lives they ?
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