List of titles and honours of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

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The Imperial Coat of Arms of Iran under the Pahlavi Dynasty, used from 1925 to 1979.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980) held numerous titles and honours, both during and before his time as Shah of Iran.

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Royal titles and styles

Styles of
Mohammad Reza Shah of Iran
Reference style His Imperial Majesty
Spoken style Your Imperial Majesty
Alternative style Sir, Aryamehr

From his father's accession to the throne, on 15 December 1925, until his own accession, on 16 September 1941, Mohammad Reza held the style and title of His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince. Mohammad Reza deliberately chose to crown himself as Shah ('King'), rather than Shahanshah ('King of Kings'), pledging that he would not do so until he turned Iran into a prosperous and modernised nation. On the 26th year of his reign, in 1967, his imperial coronation ceremony took place and he was elevated to the title of Shahanshah. [1]

On 15 September 1965, Mohammad Reza was granted the title of Aryamehr ('Light of the Aryans') by an extraordinary session of the joint Houses of Parliament. [2]

Military ranks

Iran Imperial State of Iran

Honours

National dynastic honours

Appointments
CountryDateAppointment
Iran Imperial State of Iran 16 September 1941 27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of Zolfaghar [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]
12 December 1946  4 February 1949Knight
4 February 1949 27 July 1980Knight Grand Officer
Iran Imperial State of Iran 1932 16 September 1941Grand Collar of the Order of Pahlavi [6] [8] [12] [13] [14] [15]
16 September 1941 27 July 1980Sovereign
Iran Imperial State of Iran 26 September 1967 27 July 1980 Sovereign of the Order of Aryamehr [6] [8] [16]
Iran Imperial State of Iran 16 September 1941 26 September 1967 Sovereign of the Order of Aftab [6] [8] [17]
Iran Imperial State of Iran 16 September 1941 27 July 1980 Sovereign of the Order of Aqdas [6]
Iran Imperial State of Iran 16 September 1941 27 July 1980 Sovereign of the Order of the Lion and the Sun [6]
Iran Imperial State of Iran 24 April 1926 16 September 1941Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Crown [6] [8] [18] [19]
16 September 1941 27 July 1980Sovereign
Iran Imperial State of Iran 1957 27 July 1980 Sovereign of the Order of the Pleiades [8]
Iran Imperial State of Iran 1938 16 September 1941Third Class of the Military Order of Merit [6] [20]
1938 16 September 1941First Class
16 September 1941 27 July 1980Sovereign
Iran Imperial State of Iran 1938 16 September 1941Third Class of the Military Order of Sepah [21]
1938 16 September 1941Second Class
1938 16 September 1941First Class
16 September 1941 27 July 1980Sovereign
Iran Imperial State of Iran 16 September 1941 27 July 1980 Sovereign of the Order of the Red Lion and the Sun [6]
Iran Imperial State of Iran 12 December 1946 16 September 1941First Class of the Order of Honor [6] [8]
16 September 1941 27 July 1980Sovereign
Iran Imperial State of Iran 16 September 1941 27 July 1980 Sovereign of the Order of Service [6]
Iran Imperial State of Iran 16 September 1941 27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of Three Star Service
Iran Imperial State of Iran First Class of the Order of Pas [6] [22]
16 September 1941 27 July 1980Sovereign
Iran Imperial State of Iran 16 September 1941 27 July 1980 Sovereign of the Order of Homayoun [6]
Iran Imperial State of Iran  27 July 1980 Sovereign of the Order of Gratitude
Iran Imperial State of Iran  27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of Avecinna
Iran Imperial State of Iran  27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of Sciences
Iran Imperial State of Iran  27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of Splendor
Iran Imperial State of Iran  27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of Official Merit
Iran Imperial State of Iran  27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of the Military Police
Iran Imperial State of Iran  27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of the Police
Iran Imperial State of Iran  27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of Razy
Iran Imperial State of Iran  27 July 1980Sovereign of the Order of Arts
Decorations and medals
CountryDateDecoration/Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran 15 October 1971Sovereign recipient of the Persepolis Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran 14 October 1971 Sovereign recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the 2,500 year Celebration of the Persian Empire
Iran Imperial State of Iran 26 October 1967Sovereign of the Imperial Coronation Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign recipient of the Land Reform Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign recipient of the Scout Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign recipient of the Sport Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran 1953Sovereign recipient of the 1953 Coup d'état Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran 1978Sovereign recipient of the Reza Shah Centennial Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran 24 April 1926Recipient of the Reza Shah Coronation Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran 12 December 1946First Class

of the Azarabadegan Medal

12 December 1946Sovereign
Iran Imperial State of Iran 24 April 1926 Knight of the Imperial Family Decoration of Reza Shah [23] [24]
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Decoration of Sorrow
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Farr Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Marksmanship Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal for Bravery
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal for Medal of Cooperation
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of Avecinna
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of Homayoun
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of Honor
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of Effort
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of Military Education
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of Military Merit
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of Service (Civilian)
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of Service (Military)
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of Splendor
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of the Hero
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Medal of the Pleiades
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Military Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Padash Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Physical Education & Recreation and Organization of Iran Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Senior Marksmanship Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Padash Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Sepahy Medal
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Third Isfand Decoration
Iran Imperial State of Iran Sovereign of the Rastakhiz Medal

Foreign honours

CountryDateAppointment/Decoration
Albania Albanian Kingdom 1975 27 July 1980 Order of Fidelity of the House of Zogu [8]
Afghanistan Afghani Royal Family before 1942 27 July 1980First Class of the Order of the Supreme Sun [8]
26 March 1950Knight Grand Cross with Collar
  Argentina 17 May 1965 27 July 1980 Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Liberator General San Martin [8]
  Austria 15 March 1958 27 July 1980 Grand Star of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria [8] [25] [26]
  Bahrain 1975 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Al-Khalifa [8]
  Belgium 15 March 1939 27 July 1980Knight Grand Cordon (Civil) of the Order of Leopold [8] [27] [28]
11 May 1960 27 July 1980Knight Grand Cordon (Military)
  Brazil 4 May 1965 27 July 1980 Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Southern Cross [8]
  Czechoslovakia 22 March 1939 27 July 1980Grand Cross without Collar (Civil) of the Order of the White Lion [29]
December 1943 27 July 1980Grand Cross with Collar (Military)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovak Socialist Republic 23 March 1967 27 July 1980Grand Cross without Collar (Civil) of the Order of the White Lion [8]
26 August 1977 27 July 1980Grand Cross with Collar (Military)
  Republic of China 3 June 1946 27 July 1980 Grand Cross of the Order of Propitious Clouds [8]
  Republic of China 5 May 1958 27 July 1980 Recipient of the Order of Brilliant Jade [8]
  Democratic Republic of the Congo 23 February 1974 27 July 1980 Grand Cordon of the National Order of the Leopard [8]
  Denmark 14 May 1959 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Elephant [8] [30]
Egypt Egyptian Royal Family 16 March 1939 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Muhammad Ali [8] [31] [32]
  Egypt 7 January 1975 27 July 1980 Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Nile [8]
Ethiopia Ethiopian Imperial Family 14 September 1964 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Collar of the Order of Solomon [8]
  Finland 22 June 1970 27 July 1980 Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Lion of Finland [8]
  France 15 June 1939 27 July 1980 Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour [33] [34] [35]
  France 3 August 1948 27 July 1980 French War Cross with Palm [8]
  Gabon 22 October 1975 27 July 1980 Grand Cross of the Order of the Equatorial Star [8]
Greece Greek Royal Family 1960 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Redeemer [8]
  Hungary September 1967 27 July 1980 First Class of the Order of the Flag of the Republic of Hungary [8]
Kingdom of Iraq Iraqi Royal Family 14 June 1949 27 July 1980 Grand Order of the Hashimites of Iraq [8]
Kingdom of Iraq Iraqi Royal Family March 1939 27 July 1980 Grand Cross of the Order of the Two Rivers (Civil) [8]
Iraq Iraqi Republic 13 February 1967 27 July 1980 Grand Cross of the Order of the Two Rivers (Military) [8]
  Italy 20 August 1948 27 July 1980 Italian Cross of Merit for War [8]
  Italy 26 August 1957 27 July 1980 Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Republic [8] [36]
  Holy See 20 August 1948 27 July 1980 Knight of the Pontifical Order of the Golden Spur [8] [37]
  Japan 13 May 1958 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum [8]
  Japan 1957 27 July 1980 Golden Pheasant Award of the Scout Association of Japan [38]
  Jordan 28 July 1949 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Order of al-Hussein bin Ali [7] [8]
  Jordan 28 July 1949 27 July 1980 Grand Cordon with Brilliants of the Supreme Order of the Renaissance [7] [8] [39]
  Kuwait 1974 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Mubarak the Great [8]
  Lebanon after 1942; before 1926 27 July 1980 Extraordinary Grade of the National Order of the Cedar [8]
  Lebanon 17 October 1956 27 July 1980 Extraordinary Grade of theOrder of Merit [8]
Libya Libyan Royal Family 13 May 1958 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Idris I [8]
  Malaysia 16 January 1968 27 July 1980 Honorary Member of the Order of the Crown of the Realm [8] [40]
  Mexico 8 May 1975 27 July 1980 Collar of the Order of the Aztec Eagle [8] [41]
  Morocco 11 June 1966 27 July 1980 Special Class of the Order of Muhammad [8]
Kingdom of Nepal Nepal 3 July 1960 27 July 1980 Member of the Most Glorious Order of Ojaswi Rajanya [8]
  Netherlands 19 May 1959 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion [8]
  Netherlands April 30, 1962 Silver Wedding Anniversary Medal of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard [42]
  Norway 17 May 1961 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of St. Olav [8] [43]
  Oman 2 March 1974 27 July 1980 First Class Order of Oman (Military) [8]
  Pakistan 9 November 1959 27 July 1980 Recipient of the Order of Pakistan [8]
  Poland 19 September 1967 27 July 1980 Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta
  Portugal 27 July 1967 27 July 1980 Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Prince Henry [8]
  Qatar 13 November 1975 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Independence [8]
  Romania 27 May 1966 27 July 1980 Recipient of the Order of the Star of the Romanian People's Republic [8]
  Saudi Arabia 28 April 1975 27 July 1980 Knight of the Great Badr Chain [8]
  Saudi Arabia 9 August 1955 or 12 March 1957 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Abdulaziz al Saud [8]
  House of Savoy 6 July 1976 27 July 1980 Knight of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation [8]
  House of Savoy 6 July 1976 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross of the Crown of Italy of the House of Savoy [8]
  House of Savoy 6 July 1976 27 July 1980 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus [8]
  Somalia 28 December 1977 27 July 1980Recipient of the Order of the Somali Star
  Spain 19 April 1975 27 July 1980 Collar of the Order of Charles III [8] [44] [45]
  Spain 22 May 1957 27 July 1980 Collar of the Order of Isabella the Catholic [8]
  Sudan 24 February 1974 27 July 1980Chain of Honour of the Sudan [8]
  Syria after 1942; before 1926 27 July 1980 Member First Class of the Order of Umayyad
  Sweden 29 April 1960 4 September 1967Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim [8] [46]
4 September 1967 27 July 1980Collar
  Thailand 22 January 1968 27 July 1980 Collar of the Order of the Rajamitrabhorn [8] [47] [48] [49]
  Thailand 23 April 1968 27 July 1980 Recipient of the Order of the Order of the Royal House of Chakri [8]
  Tunisia 15 March 1965 27 July 1980 Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Independence [8] [50]
  United Kingdom 21 July 1948 27 July 1980Recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain [51] [8] [52] [53]
  United States 7 October 1947 27 July 1980 Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit [8] [54] [55] [56]
  West Germany 25 February 1955 27 July 1980 Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic [8] [57] [58]
  Yugoslavia 3 June 1966 27 July 1980 Grand Star of the Order of the Yugoslav Star [8] [59]

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