Happy Birthday Princess Salimah Aga Khan


Happy Birthday to Princess Salimah Aga Khan, who turns 80 today! Born Sarah Frances Croker-Poole, the daughter of Lt.-Col. Arthur Edward Croker-Poole and Jean Margaret Watson, in New Delhi, she grew up in Britain and was among the last debutantes presented to the Queen in 1958.

She married, firstly, Lord James Charles Crichton-Stuart, son of John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute and Lady Eileen Beatrice Forbes, on 25 June 1959. She and Lord James Charles Crichton-Stuart were divorced in 1968. One year later, she married Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the 49th hereditary Imam of Nizari Ismailism, son of Prince Aly Aga Khan and Hon. Princess Tajuddawlah Aga Khan, in 1969. During her marriage to the Aga Khan, her official name was Her Highness The Begum Salimah Aga Khan, although she remained informally known as Sally. The couple had three children: Princess Zahra Aga Khan (born 18 September 1970), Prince Rahim Aga Khan (born 12 October 1971) and Prince Hussain Aga Khan (born 10 April 1974). The couple sadly divorced in 1995. Following their divorce, she kept the title of ‘Princess’ (but losing the style ‘Highness’).

Since Their Highnesses separated, more then ever, Princess Salimah has committed herself to supporting various humanitarian efforts, especially those in the areas of health and child support. It became her life.

Princess Salimah is a child-welfare activist and a prominent supporter of the charity SOS Children’s Villages International (SOS Kinderdorf International), becoming its first International Ambassador. She appointed the first SOS-Kinderdorf International Ambassador for Children in 2000, is actively involved in that organization’s work and has visited SOS Children’s facilities in Cambodia, Nepal, Romania, France, Egypt, India, Austria, South Africa, Pakistan, Germany, Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, Portugal, and the United States. Princess Salimah Aga Khan, has also been active in the Aga Khan Development Network, and resides in Switzerland since 1969.

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Princess Salimah is very respected and loved, for her eternal love, her kindness (I will never forget!), her honesty, and her help (she hates the word ‘charity’!). Yakymour wishes her a beautiful birthday with her familiy and friends. Hope we’ll meet again. Love always.

by Jean Amr




Deauville Beauty Contest, Miss France Yvette Labrousse, 1930

International beauty contest, filmed on August 12, 1930. The scenes include contestants from Germany, England, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Russia, The Bronx, New York, Hoboken, New Jersey, United States and France, competing in an international beauty contest, Deauville (France)

With Miss France 1930, Yvette Labrousse – Yvonne Blanche Labrousse – later known as Om Habibeh, the lady of Yakymour the Begum Om Habibeh ‘Mata Salamat’ Aga Khan, fourth and last wife of Sir Sultan Mohammad Shah, Aga Khan III.





Begum Om Habibeh at Royal Ascot

Begum om Habibeh Aga Khan

Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £7.3m in prize money. Each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special.

Her Highness The Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III appears poignant in 1958 as she attends the first Royal Ascot since the death of her late husband in 1957. Their presence at Royal Ascot was legendary, as was their love of horses, and for eachother.





New Years Eve, 1956

Happy New Year Firework GIF

Monaco, New Year’s Eve 1956, Her Highness The Begum Aga Khan III and Aristotle Onassis attend a party organised by Monte Carlo SBM to ring in the New Year. As Jean-Gabriel Domergue’s posters said at the time: “Les gens chic sont l’hiver à Monte-Carlo” (“In winter chic people are in Monte-Carlo”).


The Begum Aga Khan III and Aristotle Onassis at New Years Party, Monaco, 1956

Yakymour is wishing you a wonderful and healthy new year. May all optimistic things in life will be yours!

by Jean Amr




Hélène Rochas and Begum Aga Khan at Le Bal du Centenaire

May 27, 1966: Hélène Rochas, hostess of Le Bal du Centenaire de Monaco, draws a curtsy to welcome Her Highness The Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III. Her Highness arrives in a gown by costumier André Levasseur and a diamond tiara. The surrounding guests applaud at Her entrance

Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan Monaco Rochas

Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III is making her entrée at Le Bal du Centenaire de Monaco (Privat collection)(Click photo to enlarge).

Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan

Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III is welcomed by Hélène Rochas at Le Bal du Centenaire de Monaco (Privat collection)(Click photo to enlarge).