The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Muslim community, has married a German-born princess who converted to Islam.
In separate religious and civil ceremonies Saturday, the Aga Khan wed Gabriele zu Leiningen at his Aiglemont estate in this tiny town, 25 miles north of Paris near Chantilly, his office said in a statement. It was the second marriage for both.
The rector of the Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, performed the religious ceremony, and the mayor of Gouvieux, Patrice Marchand, performed the civil marriage, a statement said.
His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today married German-born Princess Dr. Gabriele zu Leiningen. The private religious and civil ceremonies were held at the Aga Khan's French residence, Aiglemont, in the presence of close family members and twenty leaders of the Ismaili Community and their wives from around the world.
Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world's Shia Ismaili Moslems, married German-born Princess Gabriele zu Liningen at his country home outside Paris on Saturday, his office said.
It was the second marriage for both.
The wedding at the prince's Aiglemont estate in the Oise department north of Paris was conducted by Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Paris mosque.
Depuis quelques années, ses apparitions se faisaient rares, peu à peu la maladie avait altéré sa santé, mais en aucun cas son incroyable port de reine. En mai 1999, elle assistait à l'inauguration d'une statue dressée en son honneur sur la place du village, drapée dans un de ses célèbres saris, le cheveu blanc impeccablement laqué et parée de ses éternels rangs de perles. Fidèles en cela à la mémoire de son mari, l'Aga Khan III, et à la fonction qu'elle a exercée à ses côtés.
La bella que vivió un cuento de hadas La begum Om Habibeh, viuda del Aga Khan III, fallece en Francia a los 94 años 2000-07-01Posted November 17th, 2009 by librarian-ap
La begum Om Habibeh, viuda del Aga Khan III, falleció el sábado en su residencia de Le Cannet, en el sudeste de Francia, a los 94 años. La begum, de origen francés y cuyo nombre de soltera era Yvette Blanche Labrousse, se casó en 1944 con el sultán Mohamed Shah Aga Khan, abuelo del príncipe Karim, actual Aga Khan. Fue la cuarta y última esposa del que fue 48 jefe espiritual de los ismaelitas, una poderosa secta de musulmanes chiitas que grupa a más de 15 millones de creyentes en todo el mundo.
The Begum Om Habibeh, widow of Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, 48th Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, grandfather of the present Aga Khan, died on the first of July at Le Cannet, South of France, in her ninety-fifth year.
Born Yvette Blanche Labrousse in 1906, in Sete near Marseilles, she was the fourth and last wife of the late Aga Khan III. The couple were married in Switzerland on October 9th, 1944.
Death of Ismaili Muslim matriarch
The widow of the late spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, Begum Om Habibeh, has died in France at the age of ninety-four.
She was the fourth and last wife of the Aga Khan the Third who died in 1957. He is the grandfather of the present Aga Khan, Prince Karim. Begum Om Habibeh was known for her interest in women's welfare and for her work for the poor and elderly, especially in and around the city of Aswan in Egypt.
From the newsroom of the BBC World Service
Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2009 1:53 PM
Aga Khan continues stellar weekend
on Sunday at Longchamp
by Mike Curry
The breeding and racing operations of the Aga Khan and his family collected so much hardware this weekend at Longchamp they might have to construct a new wing for the trophy collection.
French Court to Rule on Aga Khan Divorce, Lawyer SaysPARIS (Reuters) - A French court has ruled it can hear the divorce application made by top racehorse owner and breeder the Aga Khan, his office said Sunday. The Aga Khan, 66, a British citizen, is the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community of about 20 million followers.
In a Dec. 23 decision, the court said it would also rule on any financial maintenance due during the divorce proceedings, the statement quoted the Aga Khan's French lawyer Laurent Chambaz as saying.
Cup hopeful Vinnie Roe heads into quarantineOnce again, Irish trainer Dermot Weld has emerged as the key figure for next month's $4.6 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington after ordering race topweight Vinnie Roe into quarantine.
Early yesterday morning Melbourne time, Vinnie Roe turned in an excellent performance to finish fifth in the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris and was then sent to quarantine by Weld, who gave little indication as to where his star stayer would be heading next. 'We will see in the next 10 days or so whether we will take him back to Melbourne,' he said.
Comments: Did you know that at a race meeting yesterday at Longchamp, France, Hazar Imam's horse Dalakhani won.. Hazar Imam was there, it seemed on His own and He gave a very short interview talking about the Arc race in 3 weeks time, he said he hadn't made His mind up as to which horse would be running etc.. the jockey riding the horse yesterday was Soumillion. Hazar Imam looked happy, wearing a navy suit and was pleased to accept the trophy. Don't have a recording of the race as it caught me on the hop.
Dalakhani delivers with dynamite performance in French DerbyThe Aga Khan's unbeaten Dalakhani reigned supreme once again as he thundered down the stretch to capture his sixth straight victory in the $1.3-million Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) (Fr-G1) at Chantilly on Sunday. The son of Darshaan scored by an impressive two lengths over Group 2 winner Super Celebre.
Dalakhani's sharp performance only enhanced the confidence that the Aga Khan had in his homebred.
Day two from LongchampsDalakhani justified his status as pre-race favourite, powering home in a thrilling fast finish to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
The French Derby winner - ridden by Christophe Soumillon - had to come in from stall 14, wide out on the right, and held off a brave challenge from Mubtaker.
Ireland's High Chaparral finished third in the 13-horse race for the second year in a row.
'It's a race I wanted to win throughout my apprenticeship and it's unbelievable to ride a horse like him,' said 20-year-old Soumillon.
One of France's most stunning chateaux, which houses the country's second most important art collection, is to be rescued from falling into disrepair thanks to a helping hand from its neighbour, the Aga Khan.Annick Benoist reports.
The Chantilly chateau: once playground of French kings, now for kings of footie The magnificent chateau houses 6,000 works of art including three Raphael works
Dalakhani looked a horse apart as he glided across the soft ground on the way to post for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe here yesterday, and he was better
still on the way back. Christophe Soumillon, his jockey, condensed his performance in Europe's finest race into just five words: 'Il est un champion veritable.' The only dispute is Soumillon's use of the present tense. Dalakhani has almost certainly run his last race, but at least the memory of his curtain call will endure until his first crop of two-year-olds reaches the track in 2007.
VICTORY IN TODAY'S PRIX de l'ARC de TRIOMPE WOULD CROWN AN ALMOST PERFECT RACING SEASON FOR THE AGA KHAN - DALAKHANI TAKES ARC GLORY - 2003-10-05Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Aiglemont is bathed in sunshine, although heavy overnight rain has brought a reminder: the Arc encourages October's capricious nature.
Belgian Jockey Christophe Soumillon (R), horse trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre (C) and the Aga Khan hold their trophies after their horse Dalakhani won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps horse track, near Paris, October 5, 2003. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, a group one race for three-year-old and upwards colts and fillies, run over one and a half mile (2.4 km). REUTERS/Philippe WojazerThe Aga Khan's Dalakhani ridden by Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon is first past the post at Longchamp, to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, ahead of 25-1 outsider Mubtakerl.(AFP/Daniel Janin)
Un milliard de télespectateurs assistent à la victoire de DalakhaniDalakhani a remporté hier le 82e Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe sur l'hippodrome de Longchamp.
Cette course hippique de renommée internationale, véritable finale du championnat du monde de galop des pur-sang, réunissait les plus grands cracks de la planète montés par les meilleurs jockeys du monde sur une distance de 2 400 mètres.
Dalakhani recorded a famous success in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere at Longchamp.
The Alain de Royer Dupre-trained colt had to dig very deep to fight off the brave challenge of Marcus Tregoning's Mubtaker. Aidan O'Brien's High Chaparral finished well back in third for the second successive year, with Doyen fourth. Christophe Soumillon raced towards the back of the field on the 9-4 second favourite in the early stages from his high draw.