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Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran is the former Queen and exiled Empress of Iran. She is the widow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, and the only person to hold the office of Empress since pre-Islamic Iran. The Royal family left Iran in 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeni came to power, and started the Iranian Revolution. She and the Shah were on the throne together from 1967 until 1979.