September 18, 2006
Secrétariat de Son Altesse l'Aga Khan
Aiglemont, 60270 Gouvieux, France, Téléphone: (33) 44-58-40-00
Press Release


Aiglemont, Gouvieux, France, 18 September 2006 -
Prince Hussain Aga Khan, second son of His Highness the Aga Khan and Princess Salimah Aga Khan, married Miss Kristin White, who adopted the name Khaliya upon embracing Islam, on Saturday 16th September. Princess Khaliya is the second daughter of Professor Norman White and his wife Margaret of Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.A. Mr. White is a Professor of Information, Operations and Information Systems at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Mrs. White is a Psychologist in private practice in Montclair.

A private ceremony was held in the historic Chateau of Chantilly, and attended by the families of the bride and groom, friends, and members of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. The ceremony was officiated by His Eminence Sayyed Mohammad Musawi from London, England, and included recitations from the Holy Quran and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as well as prayers.

On Friday the 15th, a civil marriage ceremony took place at Aiglemont, the Aga Khan’s home in France. The marriage was officiated by the Mayor of Gouvieux, Mr. Patrice Marchand.

The couple, who announced their engagement in April this year, will live in France.


Prince Hussain Aga Khan: Prince Hussain, the second son of the Aga Khan and Princess Salimah Aga Khan, was born in 1974. He attended Deerfield Academy and subsequently Williams College, from where he graduated in 1997. Since then, Prince Hussain has been based in France, working with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Following completion of a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in 2004, Prince Hussain assumed additional responsibility at the Aga Khan Foundation for the conceptualisation of programmes on environmental issues. In his free time, Prince Hussain is also a nature photographer.

Princess Khaliya: Princess Khaliya was born in 1976 in the United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies and International Affairs from New York University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. A professional health consultant, Princess Khaliya has conducted field research in countries of South and East Asia, North America and Eastern Europe. Her assignments have entailed developing responses to issues in a range of thematic areas, such as community health, urbanism, education and economic development. Princess Khaliya’s areas of interest coincide with many of the Aga Khan Development Network’s projects and programmes, to which she will be adding her expertise in the future.

For further information please contact:
Semin Abdulla, Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan
Aiglemont, 60270 Gouvieux, France, Tel: + 33 3 44 58 40 00

From left to right: Mrs Heather Procopio (the bride’s sister), Mr Andrew Embiricos, Mrs White, Miss Frances Reed (the groom’s nanny), Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Princess Khaliya, Prince Hussain, Princess Catherine Aga Khan, His Highness the Aga Khan, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, Sara Boyden, Iliyan Boyden.

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