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Event - 1957-07-11

Thursday, 1957, July 11

His Highness Prince Karim Al-Husayni Aga Khan became the 49th Imam of The Shia Ismaili Muslims.

H.H. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV

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Queen Elizabeth II confered the dignity of Highness to Prince Karim Aga Khan - 1957-07-11

Queen Victoria had conferred the dignity of Highness on his grandfather. Elizabeth II did the same for the present Aga Khan.
When the previous Aga Khan died the following letter was sent to Karim, Aga Khan IV, by the Queen's Private Secretary:

*On this sad occasion of the death of His Highness the Aga Khan I am commanded to convey to you the deep sympathy of the Queen in the grief which you and the Ismaili people in many lands share in the passing of your Holy Imam.

From The Will of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III

Ever since the time of my ancestor Ali the first Imam, that is to say, over a period of some thirteen hundred years, it has always been the tradition of my family that each Imam chooses his successor at his absolute and unfettered discretion from amongst any of his descendants, whether they be sons or remoter male issue and in these circumstances, and in view of the fundamentally altered conditions in the World in very recent years due to the great changes which have taken place, including the discoveries of atomic sciences, I am convinced that it is in the best interest of the Shia Moslem Ism

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