Brought up between Europe and Persia, Princess Soraya was born on 22 June 1932 in Isfahan, hailing from an ancient aristocratic and nomadic family of central Persia. Having seen portrait photographs of Soraya, the Shah was captivated by her beauty and requested to meet her. She was first introduced to the Shah in October 1950 and shortly afterwards they were officialy engaged. During her married life, the Princess devoted her time to many charities. Sadly the marriage was overshadowed by a lack of children and thus the dynasty's future was at stake. Consequently the couple decided to part, although still very much in love and Soraya took leave of Iran in February 1958.