Hamid Mirza

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Prince Sultan Hamid Mirza Qajar
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Heir Presumptive Qajar dynasty
PredecessorPrince Fereydoun Mirza
SuccessorPrince Mohammad Hassan Mirza
Head of the Qajar dynasty
PredecessorPrince Fereydoun Mirza
SuccessorPrince Mahmoud Mirza
Born23 April 1918
Tabriz, Azerbaijan, Persia
Died5 May 1988(1988-05-05) (aged 70)
London, United Kingdom
SpouseMahin Dokht Malek-Mansur
Soudabeh Afshar
IssuePrince Mohammad Hassan Mirza
Princess Nasrine Dokht Khanum
Dynasty Qajar
FatherPrince Mohammad Hassan Mirza
MotherMohtaram-os-Saltaneh Razzaghi
Religion Islam

Prince Sultan Hamid Mirza Qajar (23 April 1918 – 5 May 1988) was the head and heir presumptive of the Qajar dynasty, the former ruling dynasty of Iran, and the son of the last Qajar Crown Prince of Iran.

An heir presumptive is the person entitled to inherit a throne, peerage, or other hereditary honour, but whose position can be displaced by the birth of an heir apparent or of a new heir presumptive with a better claim to the position in question. The position is however subject to law and/or conventions that may alter who is entitled to be heir presumptive.

Qajar dynasty Iranian royal dynasty of Turkic origin

The Qajar Empire, also referred to as Qajar Iran, officially the Sublime State of Persia, was the state ruled by the Qajar dynasty, an Iranian royal dynasty of Turkic origin, specifically from the Qajar tribe, from 1789 to 1925. The Qajar family took full control of Iran in 1794, deposing Lotf 'Ali Khan, the last Shah of the Zand dynasty, and re-asserted Iranian sovereignty over large parts of the Caucasus. In 1796, Mohammad Khan Qajar seized Mashhad with ease, putting an end to the Afsharid dynasty, and Mohammad Khan was formally crowned as Shah after his punitive campaign against Iran's Georgian subjects. In the Caucasus, the Qajar dynasty permanently lost many of Iran's integral areas to the Russians over the course of the 19th century, comprising modern-day Georgia, Dagestan, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Iran Islamic Republic in Western Asia

Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Its territory spans 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), making it the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. Its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital, largest city, and leading economic and cultural center.



Early life

He was born in Tabriz, the son of Crown Prince Mohammad Hassan Mirza and his second wife Mohtaram Razzaghi. [1] His early years were spent at the Golestan Palace until he was sent by his father at the age of 4 to be educated in England. On his way to England he visited his grandfather Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar in Constantinople. His grandfather had abdicated in 1909 after the Iranian Constitutional Revolution. He did not go on England as his grandfather felt he was too young to go. Instead he lived with his grandfather: first in Constantinople, and later in San Remo, Italy, where his grandfather died on 5 April 1924. After the death of his grandfather Hamid Mirza and his older brother Hossein Mirza moved to Paris for a year. When the Qajar dynasty was overthrown in 1925, Hamid Mirza and his brother moved to England with their father. [2] His brother, Hossein, subsequently emigrated to Canada and worked as an architect in Toronto.

Tabriz City in Iran

Tabriz (Persian: تبریز‎; is the most populated city in northwestern Iran, one of the historical capitals of Iran and the present capital of East Azerbaijan province. It is the sixth most populous city in Iran. Located in the Quru River valley, in Iran's historic Azerbaijan region, between long ridges of volcanic cones in the Sahand and Eynali mountains, Tabriz's elevation ranges between 1,350 and 1,600 metres above sea level. The valley opens up into a plain that gently slopes down to the eastern shores of Lake Urmia, 60 kilometres to the west. With cold winters and temperate summers, Tabriz is considered a summer resort. It was named World Carpet Weaving City by the World Crafts Council in October 2015 and Exemplary Tourist City of 2018 by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Mohammad Hassan Mirza Qajar prince

Mohammad Hassan Mirza, was the brother of Ahmad Shah Qajar of Iran, and former Crown Prince of the Qajar dynasty. Soon after Reza Shah deposed the Qajar dynasty and made himself Shah of Iran in 1925, Prince Mohammad Hassan and his family were sent into permanent exile to England. In 1930, he declared himself the rightful heir to the crown as pretender to the throne. He died on 7 January 1943 in Maidenhead, England and was buried in Kerbala, Iraq.

Golestan Palace palace

The Golestan Palace is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran.

In 1934 Hamid Mirza enrolled in the Thames Nautical Training College aboard HMS Worcester in Greenhithe, Kent. He graduated in 1936 with a nautical degree and joined the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company as a cadet. After three years with the Royal Mail, Hamid Mirza left to join Mobil Oil.

Thames Nautical Training College

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World War II

At the outbreak of World War II, Hamid Mirza tried to join the Royal Navy but was not accepted. He was finally accepted into the Navy in 1942. He served as a sub-lieutenant on HMS Duke of York and HMS Wild Goose. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden asked him to adopt a British name for his service, due to possible political or diplomatic complications. He used the name "David Drummond" during his naval service. [3] The name was chosen in part after David, the son of his friend Richard Thesiger, and in part after the "Bulldog Drummond" character.[ citation needed ] Hamid Mirza states that the name simply came out of a telephone book. [4]

World War II 1939–1945 global war

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HMS <i>Duke of York</i> (17) battleship

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During the war there were discussions between the British government and Hamid Mirza and his father about the possible restoration of the Qajar dynasty, since Reza Shah had been deposed. Hamid Mirza and his father were both candidates for the throne. But Hamid Mirza was not seriously considered, as having lived in England since the age of six, he did not speak Persian. [2]

Reza Shah Shah of the Imperial State of Iran

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Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is a pluricentric language primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.

Post war

After the war Hamid Mirza returned to Mobil Oil. In 1957, he returned to Iran for the first time since he had left as a four-year-old, taking up a position in Tehran. During his time in Iran, he was arrested on two occasions by SAVAK. He left Iran in 1971 to return to London. [3]

Tehran Capital city of Iran

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SAVAK was the secret police, domestic security and intelligence service in Iran during the reign of the Pahlavi dynasty. It was established by Mohammad Reza Shah with the help of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli MOSSAD. SAVAK operated from 1957 until the Iranian Revolution of 1979, when the prime minister Shapour Bakhtiar ordered its dissolution during the outbreak of Iranian Revolution. SAVAK has been described as Iran's "most hated and feared institution" prior to the revolution of 1979 because of its practice of torturing and executing opponents of the Pahlavi regime. At its peak, the organization had as many as 60,000 agents serving in its ranks according to one source, and another source by Gholam Reza Afkhami estimates SAVAK staffing at between 4,000 and 6,000.

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He became head and the Heir Presumptive of the Qajar dynasty on the death of his cousin Fereydoun Mirza on 24 September 1975. Upon his death on 5 May 1988 in London, his son Mohammad Hassan Mirza II became the Heir Presumptive of the Qajar Dynasty while his uncle, Mahmoud Mirza became the new head of the dynasty. [5]


He was married twice.

In 1946, he married Mahin Dokht Malek-Mansur (born in 1924), in Paris. They had two children: [1]

They were divorced in 1957.

On 25 August 1960, he married Soudabeh Afshar (born in 1924) in Tehran. This marriage was childless. [1]


  1. 1 2 3 Royal Ark
  2. 1 2 "Interview with Hamid Kadjar (page 1)". 1981. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  3. 1 2 "Interview with Hamid Kadjar (page 2)". 1981. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  4. Ladjevardi, Habib (November 26, 1981). "Hamid Kadjar: Prince and Son of Last Qajar Crown Prince". Iranian Oral History Project | Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  5. Qajar Succession
Hamid Mirza
Born: 23 April 1918 Died: 5 May 1988
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Fereydoun Mirza
Head of the Imperial House of QajarSucceeded by
Mahmoud Mirza
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Fereydoun Mirza
Shah of Iran
Qajar Dynasty
Reason for succession failure:
Pahlavi dynasty became ruling house prior to the Iranian Revolution
Succeeded by
Mohammad Hassan Mirza II

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