The royal baby is here (but not the one you think): Model Kendra Spears welcomes a son with husband Prince Rahim Aga Khan
Kendra Spears, 26, has given birth to her first child, a son named Irfan
The baby, whose father is Prince Rahim Aga Khan, was born in Geneva
Ms Spears, now known as Princess Salwa, is said to be doing well
By Ruth Styles for MailOnline
American model Kendra Spears, who has been known as Princess Salwa since her marriage to the Aga Khan's son Prince Rahim, has given birth to her first child.
The baby, a boy named Prince Irfan, was born in the Swiss city of Geneva last Saturday and both mother and child are doing well.
News of the birth, which was announced yesterday, has been greeted with joy by the followers of the Aga Khan, who, in a statement, spoke of his family's 'great happiness'.
Ms Spears, a Seattle-born supermodel who has starred in campaigns for Diane von Furstenburg and Chanel among others, married Prince Rahim Aga Khan in 2013 following a four month engagement.
The model, 26, had been considered 'the next Cindy Crawford' by her agency Ford Models, but has put her career on the back-burner since becoming wife to the 44-year-old royal.
She follows in the footsteps of a string of American royal wives, among them actress Rita Hayworth who was married to Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan.
Prince Rahim's younger brother Hussein, 41, also married an American model, although his marriage to New Yorker Kristin White, 38, ended shortly after his brother's wedding in 2013.
The Jordanian royals have also made a habit of wedding Americans, most famously Lisa Najeeb Halaby who became known as Queen Noor following her marriage.
Happy couple: The royal is said to be doing well, according to her husband, Prince Rahim Aga Khan
Britons have also married into the Jordanian royal dynasty, most notably Antoinette Avril Gardiner, the mother of current ruler Abdullah,
Unlike the Jordanians, the Aga Khan dynasty do not have a country and instead lead the Imami Ismaili Tariqah, a Shi'a Muslim sect
Like the King Abdullah of Jordan, the Aga Khan, a title bestowed upon the family by Persian (now Iran) ruler Fath-Ali Shah Qajar in 1818, claims to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed.
Prince Rahim's father Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini is the current Aga Khan and took the title aged 20 following the death of his grandfather, Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III.
A British business magnate and a racehorse enthusiast, he is responsible for adding to the family fortune, which is thought to amount to more than $800m.
Not all of the money was acquired through commerce, however. Part of it comes from a tithe paid by Ismaili Muslims called a 'dasond' - the equivalent of 12.5 percent of each person's gross annual income.
Model-turned-princess Kendra Spears gives birth to first child
April 17, 2015
It's a boy! Kendra Spears and her husband Prince Rahim Aga Khan announced they have welcomed their first child together. The American fashion model, now known as Princess Salwa Aga Khan, gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday.
The news was announced on the official website of the Ismaili Muslim Community – a group of people united in their allegiance to Prince Rahim's father, His Highness Aga Khan IV.
"Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa have announced the arrival of their first child, a son named Prince Irfan, born in Geneva, Switzerland on April 11," the statement read. "Both mother and child are in good health."
Kendra Spears and Prince Rahim have welcomed their first child together Photo: Getty Images
The official statement also expressed "the great happiness of the Aga Khan and Spears family" and prayers for "Prince Irfan's long life and wellbeing." The couple, who married in a private ceremony in September 2013, announced with the "greatest happiness" that they were expecting their first child together in October.
Kendra, 26, who earned her royal title after marrying her husband, 43, wore a traditional ivory and gold dress lined with gold embroidery to her wedding. The brunette beauty also had her hair swept back in a classic bun, showing off her thick diamond earrings and matching tiered necklace.
The couple tied the knot in September 2013 Photo: Getty Images
Prince Rahim and Kendra wed in a picturesque service in the grounds of the Château de Bellerive, overlooking the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland and were surrounded by their family and close friends for the celebration. Following in the royal family's custom, had a traditional Muslim ceremony.
Kendra has previously been compared to Cindy Crawford thanks to a similar mole on her upper lip, and has modeled for respected fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana.
Kendra has walked in some of the top fashion shows Photo: Getty Images
The Seattle-born star is not the only model to marry into the royal family. Her father-in-law married British model Sarah "Sally" Croker-Poole, and his grandfather was married to iconic actress Rita Hayworth.
Kendra Spears Gives Birth: Model Goes From Princess To Mom In Two Years
Kendra Spears gives birth, and news of the new arrival is leading to a huge celebration on social media. News of the arrival of a baby boy was announced on the official site of the Ismaili Muslim Community on Tuesday. Fans of the former supermodel shared their congratulations on Twitter as soon as the news was released.
At the age of 26, Kendra Spears has lived a very busy life. She had a blossoming career as a supermodel when she met Aga Khan’s son Prince Rahim. They married after a short engagement of only four months in September 2013, according a previous Inquisitr report.
Since then, Spears’ life has changed completely. She is now known as Princess Salwa, and her new son is named Prince Irfan. This is her first child.
The statement from the Ismaili Muslim Community website shared more details about the baby boy’s arrival.
“Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa have announced the arrival of their first child, a son named Prince Irfan, born in Geneva, Switzerland on 11 April. Both mother and child are in good health.
Mawlana Hazar Imam’s special message to the global Jamat on this occasion has expressed the great happiness of the Aga Khan and Spears family.
Jamats around the world have received the news of Prince Irfan’s birth with immense joy and traditional celebrations.
On behalf of the Jamat, the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum and various National Councils have sent messages of congratulations to Mawlana Hazar Imam, the new parents and both families, with prayers for Prince Irfan’s long life and wellbeing.”
According to a previous OK! Magazine report, her father-in-law announced her pregnancy with a statement in October.
“Expressing his greatest happiness, Mawlana Hazar Imam [the Aga Khan] informed the Jamat [community] today that Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa are expecting their first child.”
Since her marriage in 2013, Kendra has taken a large step back from her modeling career. She was discovered in 2008 after winning a contest held by the Ford Modeling agency. It was through a modeling friend, Naomi Campbell, that she met her future husband.
During her time as a model, she was called “the next Cindy Crawford” because she has a similar mole on her upper lip. Spears worked for several well-known designers, including Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Marc Jacobs.
Before she became a real princess, she had earned a royal title — at least among her fans. Spears had embraced Twitter, and she had earned the nickname of “Twitter Princess.” Her Twitter is still active, but it is not as active as it used to be.
She has not released her own statement about the birth of her son on her Twitter, but many fans have sent her well wishes via Twitter in recent days.
Depuis ce 11 avril, la famille de l’Aga Khan compte un nouveau petit prince. La princesse Salwa, née Kendra Spears, épouse du prince Rahim Aga Khan, a donné naissance à un garçon.
Alors que le dimanche 12 avril 2015 Tatiana Santos Domingo-Casiraghi, la belle-fille de la princesse Caroline de Monaco, a accouché d’une fille à Londres, son second enfant, la veille c’est à Genève que la princesse Salwa Aga Khan est devenue maman pour la première fois. La superbe jeune femme de 26 ans, qui a épousé en août 2013 le prince Rahim Aga Khan de 17 ans son aîné, se porte bien, tout comme son bébé nommé Irfan.
Cette naissance a été annoncée, ce jeudi, sur TheIsmaili.org, le site officiel des Ismaéliens, une branche minoritaire du chiisme dont le prince Karim Aga Khan IV (Mawlana Hazar Imam pour les Ismaéliens), l’heureux grand-père du petit prince Irfan, est le leader spirituel. C’est d’ailleurs sur ce même site qu’avait été révélé, en octobre dernier, que la princesse Salwa était enceinte de son premier enfant. Dommage : le communiqué faisant part de cette heureuse nouvelle n'est pas accompagné d’une photo du nouveau-né, mais de celle de ses parents, le jour de leurs noces.
Mannequin américaine, Kendra Spears porte le nom de princesse Salwa depuis sa conversion à l’islam et son mariage avec le prince Rahim, fils aîné du prince Karim Aga Khan IV et de sa première femme Sarah Croker Poole.
Par Philippe Delorme, (Point de Vue) publié le 08/07/2015 à 18:53
Il a vu le jour le 11 avril 2015, à Genève. Irfan est le premier enfant du prince Rahim, fils aîné de l'Aga Khan IV, et de son épouse la princesse Salwa. Dans un avenir sans doute lointain, il sera le sixième Aga Khan, révéré par des millions d'ismaéliens à travers le monde. Le récit de Point de Vue.
En arabe et en persan, son prénom fait référence à la "gnose", c'est-à-dire à la connaissance mystique de Dieu, par la prière et la contemplation. Âgé de seulement deux mois, le petit Irfan n'imagine pas encore le poids de la tradition qui pèse sur ses épaules. Un jour, après son grand-père et son père, il sera le symbole vivant d'un courant de l'islam chiite dont les origines remontent au XIe siècle.
La saga des nizarites évoque un conte des Mille et Une Nuits, avec le "Vieux de la Montagne" et ses farouches "guerriers". Maîtres des Indes, les Anglais accorderont bien plus tard aux aïeux d'Irfan, à la fois chefs religieux et temporels, le titre d'Aga Khan et le prédicat d'altesse. Durant toute la première moitié du siècle passé, l'Aga Khan III défraiera la chronique mondaine, de Deauville à Monte-Carlo.
Le prince Rahim Aga Khan et son épouse la princesse Salwa posent chez eux à Genève, avec leur fils nouveau-né, Irfan.
AKDN (Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer)
Les Aga Khan et les femmes
Aujourd'hui ses descendants mènent une existence plus discrète, mais ils ont suivi son exemple en ce qui concerne le choix de leurs épouses. En quatrièmes noces, l'Aga Khan III avait jeté son dévolu sur une ancienne Miss France, Yvette Labrousse. Son fils Ali provoquera l'étonnement en se mariant avec la star hollywoodienne Rita Hayworth. Puis Karim, l'actuel Aga Khan IV, 49e imam des ismaéliens, convolera avec Sarah Croker-Poole, devenue la bégum Salimah, un mannequin issu de l'aristocratie britannique, grâce à laquelle le sang du roi de France Henri IV s'est mêlé à celui de Mahomet.
Quant à Rahim, le fils de Karim et de Salma, son coeur s'est enflammé pour la sublime top-modèle américaine Kendra Spears. Découverte à la Fashion Week de New York, en 2008, alors qu'elle n'avait pas encore 20 ans, Kendra, originaire de Seattle, fera une carrière aussi brève que fulgurante, posant pour Gucci, Lacroix, Lanvin, Hermès, Valentino... Elle fera plusieurs fois la couverture de Vogue, entre autres magazines prestigieux. Et elle deviendra égérie de Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein ou encore Dolce & Gabbana.
Une histoire d'amour moderne
C'est alors qu'elle fait la connaissance du prince Rahim, son aîné de dix-sept ans et célibataire résolu. Loin d'être un "jet-setteur" oisif, le fils aîné de l'Aga Khan dirige l'AKDN -Aga Khan Development Network- un fonds de développement économique dont les projets, dans 25 pays d'Asie et d'Afrique, visent à améliorer les conditions de vie, dans les domaines divers de l'agriculture, de l'industrie, de l'éducation ou de la santé.
Après des fiançailles rapides, le mariage est célébré le 31 août 2013, au château de Bellerive, à Genève, selon le rite musulman et dans une relative intimité. Convertie à la foi ismaélienne, Kendra adopte le nom arabe des "Salwa", qui signifie "Consolation". La naissance d'Irfan vient de couronner le bonheur sans nuage de ce couple qui a reçu toutes les bénédictions du ciel...
Le prince Irfan, âgé de quelques semaines dans les bras de sa maman, la princesse Salwa (Kendra Spears).
Le prince Irfan, âgé de quelques semaines dans les bras de sa maman, la princesse Salwa (Kendra Spears).
Courtesy of AKDN (Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer)
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