HER BIRTH AND HER RAISE
Nariman the beautiful child was the sole child of her parents. Her name in
the Turkish language means (the beautiful fascinating of vivacious spirit).
She did not imagine that one day she would become the queen of Egypt.
She was born
in Cairo on 31 October 1933. Her father is Husain Fahmy Sadek, Deputy
Minister of Transportation. He is the son of Ali Bek Sadek, one of the
famous honorable personalities of Egypt at that time. The last position he
occupied before his death was the Secretary General of the Ministry of
Transportation. Her mother was Asila Hanem, daughter of Kamel Mahmoud, one
of the famous honorable personalities of Menia Governorate.
Nariman lived a happy childhood. She is the sole daughter who was born to
her parents after several futile efforts for getting children. Her parents
did not have further children. That is why her parents were giving her
extra care. Her father preferred not to put her in language schools that were
far from the house and enrolled her in a normal Egyptian school directly
adjacent to the villa where she was living. Her education ended at the
Secondary School level. In this age, she was beautiful, tender and calm.
Her parents dedicated all their efforts to give her happiness. She was
known of her great politeness. Proposals of engagement started knocking at
her door very early until the bridegroom who was approved by herself and her
parents came. She was engaged to Dr. Mohamed Zaki Hashim, the famous
lawyer. Date of marriage was determined. The day came when they went
to choose the marriage ring from one of the largest jewelries.
Her Meeting with the King
many stories and gossips weaved about the conditions and events of commitments
pf King Farouk, Ex King of Egypt to the beautiful bourgeois young lady Nariman.
Non of these stories was compliant with the other about the details. Each
story had a different scenario. However, most or even all these stories
agree that the first meeting of the King with Nariman was in the shop of Ahmed
Pasha Naguib, the jewelry at Queen Farida Street that is known now as Abdel
Khalik Tharwat Street.
Stories about the Meeting
Many gossips were said about the story of the meeting of the King with Nariman.
It was said that when the jewelry saw Nariman he found her the most suitable
bride and that he told the King about the selected bride. It was also said
that he contacted the King and determined an appointment after several days for
the bride to come to him once again. He told her that he will bring to her
a scarce ring. King Farouk sat in an interior room in the shop and saw her
while she was walking and moving and showed his approval of her. The
jewelry opened his safe and got from it a diamond ring. He said to her
father, "Congratulations your daughter will become the queen of Egypt"
says that the jewelry got from his safe a ring and asked Nariman to see it
outside the shop in the natural light, in order to give the chance to King
Farouk to view her from the window of a flat opposite the shop. When the
King admired her, he gave a signal of approval to the jewelry. Although the two
stories are not logical, it was said that the jewelry was the mediator or the
person who nominated Nariman to marry the King.
there is a story said by an eye witness a few years before his death. He
is Youssif Naguib the son of Ahmed Naguib Pasha Brother. He heard from his
uncle repeatedly that this is the real story under his oath. Other stories
cannot be trusted because they do not fit the King of Egypt or his decisions.
given by Youssif Naguib the jewelry says that the King was on that date in a
visit to the jewelry shop owned by his uncle. When the King arrived as
usual his uncle used to shut the door and prevent entrance of the customers for
the respect of the dignified King, because the relationship between the King and
his uncle was very strong. Farouk used to visit the shop without guards
and drives his small car for himself. The shop was guarded by two men and
in the entrance the private secretary of his uncle used to sit. When the
King entered, the two guards left their location, one of them went to Groppy to
bring lemon juice and the other to bring some golden articles that were
specifically fabricated for the King in the workshop of the jewelry. At
the same time the secretary left his office to bring bags of golden pounds that
were ordered by the King. At this time coincidence played its role, by the
arrival of Nariman accompanied by her fiancé and entered the door of the shop
without being interrupted by any person. When my uncle felt the tread of
their feet, he asked them in a decisive method to stop proceeding forwards.
Very quickly the King moved to the room of safes attached to the shop. His
uncle then permitted the lady and the man to enter the shop. The fiancé
told that they needed a diamond stone to be used as engagement gift.
Nariman sat on a chair opposite to the safe room that was separated from the
shop with a curtain. The King saw her and admired her. He signaled
to the uncle and requested him to acquaint him with them and that he wanted to
sell a solitaire diamond on the assumption that she will admire it. For
this reason the uncle got telephone numbers of Nariman. Thereafter a
representative of the Royal Palace contacted her family. Mrs. Asila, her
mother answered and gave him the business telephone number of Norman's father.
On the contrary of the rumors, my uncle was opposing this marriage. He
said to the King that the girl is young and unqualified to become the queen of
another story about how the King was married to Nariman. Even if we
presume hat the last story is the nearest to the truth, since the author thereof
was the nephew of the main hero of the story, it essentially does not differ
greatly from many of the other stories. The assured matter is that Farouk
planned to kidnap Nariman from her fiancé and then marry her.
Conditions of the King for the Prospected Queen
coincidence was that the conditions set forth by Farouk as specifications of the
queen of Egypt and his prospective wife as successor to the Queen Farida from
whom he separated were quite compliant with Nariman. The conditions
decided that the wife should be the sole daughter of her parents and that these
parents are too old to get another child. The second condition was that no
Syrian, Turkish or foreign blood is running in her veins. She should be
all pure Egyptian one hundred percent. The third condition was that she
should be of the middle class and not of the category of Pashas. The
fourth and last condition was that she should be sixteen years old and
physically and healthily fit to bring forth a son for him. All conditions
were strictly compliant with Nariman. She is the sole daughter of her
parents, from a bourgeois family, having Egyptian blood, Moslem and virgin.
Actually, she accepted conveniently to be engaged to the King, since she was
actually a pretty girl.
Her Father Refuses the Marriage
step after the King gave his approval of Nariman was that her father should
break the engagement. The father became disturbed and scared for fear of
finding the King's proposal one of his sallies. The father found that the
only thing he can do is to frankly speak to the fiancé of his daughter who
received the matter quite consciously. The engagement was broken and the
father plunged in his fears. Therefore, he consulted his friend Dosoki
Abaza Pasha who told him that Farouk was not a man of marriage. He advised
the father to take his daughter and fly away outside Egypt with her. The
condition of the father worsened. He stopped working because he felt that
pain will accompany his daughter afterwards, since he linked her fate to the
fate of the previous queen, Farida that was known to be suffering inside the
palace. Such suffering resulted in her divorce. The father preferred
that Nariman would be tied to the young man Zaki Hashim Ali to see her connected
to the King.
Nariman was following up the tragedy of the queen Farida, her suffering from the
life of palaces and the unsuccessful end of her marriage. In order to
avoid marriage of his daughter to the King, he diligently thought of flying away
with her. He prepared a plan for this action. But the faithful
people warned him and so he refrained.
the father so increased that he died with heart attack. The King attended
the funeral with the high rank personalities of the state.
Nariman's Opinion about the King
Nariman was fond of King Farouk. She keeps with her personal photos of the
King, which show a great deal of handsomeness and manhood. At that time
feelings of Nariman were natural. Who is she to refuse marriage to a king?
It may be possible that her personal conditions and her engagement to Dr. Zaki
Hashim Ahmed were part of the reasons that made the story of her meeting with
the King strange and illogical. She was engaged and she determined with
her fiancé the time of engagement and she even distributed 500 invitations for
the ceremony. But words of Kings cannot be revoked; the life of palaces is
irresistible and sitting on the throne is an honor that can be realized to only
few. Definitely all this came into her mind while reviewing the new life
with the King. She imagined her first steps inside the amazing Abidin
Palace while smiling to the cameras of the photographers arm in arm
with the King of Egypt and Sudan. The farthest thing the girl dreams of is
her marriage to the dream cavalier and not to turn the dream to reality and she
becomes married to a King who has the volume and weight of King Farouk. It
is all luck. This way Nariman lived the instances preceding the marriage.
Undoubtfully she was waiting the days and computing the hours until she reaches
the title. Farouk used always to nourish and uphold this hope. He
used to relay his longing in billets-doux and phone her with beautiful words,
high royal language and manhood she was waiting for.
obstacle that was standing in her way was her father whom her heart loved
greatly and who was opposing that marriage, in a way that made some people link
between his early death and his uncovered sadness for the prospective marriage
to the King. At that time she could not comprehend why the father rejects
this honor and refuses the marriage. The father's impetus and point of
view were different from those of Nariman.
In the few
times she spoke about her meeting with the King, queen Nariman said," I found
myself speaking with the King as if I knew him all my life. He had a
special method of hearing what I told him, as if I was saying wise or smart
thing. He used to encourage me to speak. He made me feel that
everything I said was useful for him and has meaning. I was fascinated
with his shoulders and his two arms and wrests that were covered with black
hair. He has a well-built body with large bone structure. I could
not prevent myself from thinking of Zaki Hashim who appeared to be a teacher in
a trifling school."
five foot tall. She was attached to contradictory things. It seems
that the largest problem that faced her with the man her father promised her
with was that he was not sufficiently of large body. She always referred
to him as the small Zaki Hashim. She was not interested in his
qualifications from Harvard University as she was affected with him as very slim
and very small, since he was taller than her with a very small difference.
Nariman was fond of the King and she was fond more of the pictures where he
appeared putting the military uniform, those where he appeared carrying a sword
and the mask of the warriors and his picture with a beard, which she admits she
found very romantic.
On the date
of the King's visit to her house she went with her mother to the patisserie
Groppi for buying a very expensive variety of sweets. They decorated the
house with plants and flowers. She purchased a new dress.
Appointment of the King's visit was at three o'clock, but he did not show up
before ten. A red Cadillac car stopped in front of the house. Farouk
was dressed in a black soiree suit. He asked Nariman to prepare a cup of
coffee for him. He stayed in the house only 30 minutes. After his
departure Nariman took the Havana Cigar he extinguished in the ash tray as a
memorial she wanted to show to her friends at Princess Ferial secondary school.
But her father prevented her from doing this action.
Preparation of Nariman to be the Queen of Egypt
the visit of King Farouk to the house of Nariman, the king disappeared from her.
Nariman was about to lose her self-confidence. After a long absence of the
King, the telephone rang in her house. This was the first time he talked
to her over the phone. He asked her to travel to Europe with her uncle
before the official engagement. He said that he decided everything to
travel with her uncle. Her uncle, Mustafa Sadek was invited to Abidin
Palace upon instructions of the King. The trip was planned. Nariman
traveled to Italy for training on the royal protocol rules. Nariman the
young lady has just finished her period of childhood. At that time she was
seventeen years old, looking at life with the simplicity of the young lady of
her age. The King decided to send her to Italy under an assumed name as
the cousin of the wife of Ali Bek Sadek. Her name was assumed to be Souad
Sadek . Farouk told her not to be afraid, since she will be besieged with
a wall of protection that cannot be penetrated. Nariman lived in Rome at
the Egyptian embassy in villa Savoya, which was the previous house of the
Italian Royal family that was living at that time in Alexandria.
happy because she lived in the bedroom of the previous Italian queen.
Countess Layla Martly, one of the most cultured and experienced ladies in
Europe, accompanied Nariman to teach her history, the general behavior and
etiquette of the Royal cortege. Layla used to give Nariman every day
puzzles. For instance, she asked Nariman about the place of sitting in an
official banquet and who would take the precedence the second secretary of an
embassy who owns a rank or the ambassador of another embassy who does not hold a
had a tact teacher for training her on the organization and culture of the body.
She had also an opera music teacher, an Italian lady and the wife of an Egyptian
Diplomatic Official for teaching her the protocol of Abidin Palace.Nariman
learned four languages, Italian, German, English and French. She used to
study seriously and carefully. Ambassador Abdel Aziz Badr Pasha trained
her on the Egyptian protocol.
people used to closely monitor the future queen of Egypt. An English spy
was a woman selected to give Nariman a series of twenty lessons in English.
Her impression about her student was that she considered herself a traditional
native and national. She expressed her hatred to the communism thought and
to Russia. She believed that the rich Egyptians should speak Arabic and
not the normal mixture of French and Arabic. She recognizes the big gap
between the rich and the poor in Egypt. She was eager to travel, but she
did not want to live abroad. She expressed her interest in music and
history. She used to draw. She loved movies, clothes, jewels and
walking. She showed great interest in the Royal Family of Britain.
She searched in the magazines and newspapers for articles about them. It
is clear that she is Moslem and pious and feels sorry for many of the people of
the high class who neglect their religion. She admired the King and said
about him that he loved his people and exerted much effort for building his
country, for building many schools and for building a new university.
teacher noticed that Nariman considers Paris her ideal capital and not London
nor Rome.After six months Nariman got back o marry Farouk. It was planned
for her to stay in Italy a whole year for training on the protocol rites and on
the new life that was waiting for her as the queen of Egypt. But Farouk
for a reason or other requested reducing the period and requested getting her
back after only six months.