Settling the estate of the Shah’s ex-wife…Updating the royal address book…Art triumphs over politics…Having a cow.

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Soraya Bakhtiari, who married Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Iran in 1951 and became his Empress, but was divorced by him just a few years later for failing to produce an heir, died in her Paris apartment last Christmas. She left an estate worth $75 million to her brother, Bijan. It included property, investments, an exquisite wardrobe, collections of silver and gold plates, paintings, carpets and art work, as well as a Rolls Royce Silver Spur and such jewelry as a fabulous Bulgari sapphire necklace worth more than $1.5 million, and the platinum and diamond engagement ring given to her by the Shah. Prince Bijan himself died just a week after his sister and, since he died intestate and had no direct descendants, the local government of Cologne, Germany, where he lived, appealed for relatives to come forward and claim the estate. About 50 people have since had their petitions rejected and the authorities are now set to hand the inheritance over to the government. They say it will be used to benefit everyone, whatever that means. After her divorce from the Shah, Soraya never married again, although she didn’t want for men, as the tabloids of the world were happy to report to us.

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos, last year’s Hollywood Cinderella story, is hoping to score again with "Connie & Carla," a new movie she has written. She will produce and star in it, along with David Duchovny as her love interest and Toni Collette as her best friend. It’s a comedy with lots of singing and female cross-dressing, like "Some Like It Hot," or "Tootsie" in reverse. I can wait if you can.

If you’re planning to invite some of England’s top royals to dinner, you might want to make a note that Prince Charles, Viscount Linley and his wife, Serena, are all set to change addresses. Although Charles and his true love, Camilla Parker Bowles, had planned to move into Clarence House, once the home of his grandmother, the Queen Mother, this summer, the renovation and decoration by Robert Kime, overseen by Camilla, of course, is taking longer than expected. So now the happy couple is hoping to move in by the summer.
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