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Sunday, 17 June, 2001, 08:52 GMT 09:52 UK
Shah's daughter laid to rest
Funeral
The princess was buried in Paris
The youngest daughter of the late Shah of Iran has been buried in Paris in a ceremony attended by members of the former Iranian royal family.

The flower-laden coffin of Princess Leila Pahlavi, 31, was driven to the Passy Cemetery in the French capital, where she was laid to rest.

At the funeral was her mother, the former queen Farah, as well as members of the former French royal family and Frederic Mitterand, the nephew of the late French President Francois Mitterand.

Relatives
Remaining members of the royal family were present
Princess Leila Pahlavi, 31, was found dead on 10 June in a west London hotel after suffering what her mother said was a long period of depression.

An autopsy failed to determine the cause of death, and the results of further tests were not expected for several weeks.

Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into her death.

A life in exile

Princess Leila was the youngest of the five children of Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi.

She was nine years old when her family fled the Iranian revolution and spent most of her adulthood travelling back and forth between Europe and the United States.

Former Queen Farah said her daughter never forgot the "injustice and the dramatic conditions of her departure" from her homeland.

The Shah and his family fled Iran in January 1979 in the face of the Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini.

The former Iranian ruler died in 1980 in Egypt.

The immediate Iranian royal family now consists of the former Queen, Farah, two sons, Reza and Ali Reza, a daughter, Farahnaz, and and the princess's half sister, Shahnaz.

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12 Jun 01 | UK
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