Wedding Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth and Prince Ali Khan on their wedding day in the French Riveria, May 27, 1949

In 1948, the American actress was introduced to the Prince Ali Khan at a party thrown by columnist Elsa Maxwell and the lovers promptly engaged a relationship threatened by religious groups and Hollywood narrow-minded spirits denouncing their affair that had begun when both were not yet officially divorced but also scandalized by the non-Christianity of the playboy prince.

Whatever, the sexy actress turned into a princess and stayed away of screens, dedicating herself to domestic life and her two daughters.

Rita Hayworth and Prince Ali KhanRita Hatworth and Prince Ali Khan on their wedding day in the French Riveria

Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan at Wedding Aly Khan Rita Hayworth

Her Highness The Begum Aga Khan III attends the wedding of her stepson Prince Aly Khan to Rita Hayworth at Château de l’Horizon in the South of France on May 27, 1949.

However, fairy tales don’t always lead to happy endings and Rita Hayworth called for divorce in 1951 after her husband was remarked with Joan Fontaine. Rita Hayworth had left the spotlights of Hollywood for the soft sunlight of elegant holiday resorts but was constrained to return to obscurity, behind the oppressive shadow of Gilda.

Aga Khan III, Quote of The Day

Yvette Labrousse Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III by Weinberg Picture Frame

Sultan Sir Mohammd Shah Aga Khan III and Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan

I have at last been granted the real and wonderful haven of finding in and with my wife a true union of mind and soul

Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah, Aga Khan III, in his Memoirs ‘World Enough & Time’, page 275

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).