“Princess Fatima” and her entourage
in the U.S. capital.

L to R: Stanley Weyman, escort; Fatima’s three sons; Fatima; and Zerdecheno, her consort.
Washington, D.C., 1921

The visit of Fatima Begum and her entourage to the United States caused a sensation in the American press, thanks to her eccentric fashion sense and the
45-carat heirloom diamond she carried. It was a remarkable coincidence that two groups of Afghans arrived in Washington, D.C., simultaneously to meet President Harding at the White House.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress. LC-F8-15225.

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