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Princess Zahra Aga Khan Commonwealth Day 2024

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*Princess Zahra Aga Khan* attended the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, March 11, 2024.

*Princess Zahra* is listed as an Honorary Steward, Representing the Vice President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, on page 5 of The 2024 Commonwealth Day Service of Service Booklet.

Vice President of the Royal commonwealth society is
His Highness the Aga Khan
https://www.royalcwsociety.org/governance

In attendance in a program consisting of prayers, singing, and vibrant and colourful dancing were members of the Royal Family including Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. His Majesty King Charles III did not attend the ceremony following recent medical procedures but delivered an inspiring speech.

Full video https://youtu.be/FKVJIIVLclM

A few select Ismaili leaders, were among the invitees to the event. They included;
Shafik Sachedina, of DJI and LIF
Mrs Shafik Sachedina
President Naushad Jivraj of the Aga Khan Council for the UK,
Professor Zayn Kassam co director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies,
Naguib Kheraj of IIS and AKF and AKDN

Ismaili leaders are appointed under the Ismaili Constitution

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Re: Princess Zahra Aga Khan at Cancer Care Center

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2024, May 2: Cancer Care Center at Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salam - Princess Zahra Aga Khan attended the Opening Ceremony.

Full Program VIDEO https://youtu.be/bdRXQYHcH1U

SPEECH VIDEO: https://www.ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2 ... -zahra.mp4

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Remembering the Foundation ceremony:

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Re: Princess Zahra Aga Khan in Dodoma 2024-05-03

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2024, May 3: Princess Zahra Aga Khan attenden the opening of the Aga Khan Polyclinic in Dodoma:

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Re: Princess Zahra Aga Khan at Founder's Day Dinner in Nairobi 2024-05-01

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2024, May 1: Princess Zahra attended in Nairobi. Kenya the celebrations of the Founder Day of the AKU at the Parklands Pavillion.

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Re: Princess Zahra Aga Khan at Poule race , Longchamp. 2024-05-12

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2024, May 12
🎙️"Gagner la Poule représente beaucoup de choses pour ma famille, pour la casaque Aga Khan. Rouhiya apporte de la nouveauté."

Présente à Longchamp cet après-midi, la princesse 𝙕𝙖𝙝𝙧𝙖 𝘼𝙜𝙖 𝙆𝙝𝙖𝙣 a réagi au triomphe de sa représentante dans la Poule :

VIDEO Interview in FRENCH here: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024- ... -poule.mp4

VIDEO Interview in ENGLISH here: https://ismaili.net/timeline/2024/2024-05-12-sky.mp4

[Google Translate] "Winning the Pool means a lot for my family, for the Aga Khan team. Rouhiya brings something new."

Present at Longchamp this afternoon, the princess 𝙕𝙖𝙝𝙧𝙖 𝘼𝙜𝙖 𝙆𝙝𝙖𝙣 reacted to the triumph of her representative in the Pool

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COMMUNIQUÉ Dimanche 12 mai 2024
Dimanche 12 mai 2024, Hippodrome ParisLongchamp
Emirates Poule d’Essai des
Pouliches
Résumé de la course et citations
La pouliche française Rouhiya a remporté l’Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches dimanche à
ParisLongchamp, offrant une cinquième victoire dans cette course classique à son propriétaire
et éleveur, S.A. l’Aga Khan (déjà lauréat en 1984 avec Masarika, en 1998 avec Zalaiyka, en
2008 avec Zarkava et en 2015 avec Ervedya, sachant que sa fille, la princesse Zahra Aga Khan,
l’a gagnée en 2007 avec Darjina), une première à son entraîneur Francis-Henri Graffard, et une
deuxième à son jockey Maxime Guyon (déjà lauréat en 2020 avec Dream And Do).
Rouhiya s’élançait avec le statut d’outsider dans ce Groupe 1 – le niveau d’excellence des courses
hippiques. Elle venait en effet de terminer troisième du Prix du Louvre sur cet hippodrome le 18
avril, pour sa rentrée. Son entourage s’est laissé tenter par cet engagement suite au dernier
travail de la pouliche en début de semaine. Après un excellent parcours, dans le sillage de
Romantic Style et à proximité de la tête, Rouhiya a produit une accélération foudroyante pour
dominer d’une tête seulement l’anglaise Kathmandu, qui a mené la majeure partie de la course.
L’arrivée a été particulièrement serrée : l’irlandaise Vespertilio, bonne finisseuse, est troisième
à une encolure.
Le résultat technique
Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches
1re ROUHIYA (M. Guyon)
2e KATHMANDU (S. Levey)
3e VERSPERTILIO (W. Lee)
Les déclarations des entourages

Princesse Zahra Aga Khan, propriétaire et éleveur de Rouhiya (1re) – Chantilly (Oise)
« C’est énorme de remporter cette Poule d’Essai ! Francis-Henri Graffard a eu l'instinct, l'année
dernière, de voir en elle une pouliche de Poule. Cette semaine, nous nous sommes posés la
question. Fallait-il courir la Poule d’Essai dimanche ? Ou le Prix des Lilas samedi à Chantilly ?
Nous raisonnons en fonction de l'avenir, c'est-à-dire en pensant à l'élevage. Nous avons donc
tenté la Poule d’Essai.

Son jockey Maxime Guyon a monté une superbe course, la pouliche a été parfaitement
positionnée, en sachant ménager ses forces. À mi-ligne droite, l'incertitude était grande.
Pour un éleveur, produire une pouliche comme elle, c'est extraordinaire. C'est la récompense de
décennies de travail. Les gagnantes classiques sont tellement importantes pour l'élevage, qui
plus est sur le mile [1.600 mètres, NDLR].

Notre élevage vit aussi un grand moment avec la réussite des étalons Zarak et Siyouni. Leur
réussite n'est pas une coïncidence, c'est un travail de longue haleine et beaucoup de choses
plaident en leur faveur sur le papier. C'est un jeu d'échecs avec la nature, comme aime à le dire
mon père. Dans notre quête, nous sommes aidés par le fait que nous n'avons pas besoin de
suivre une mode. »
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Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Prince Aly Khan at the Races

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The Aga Khan family now joins Marcel Boussac and the Rothschild family as the most successful owners in the history of this race, with 8⃣ wins apiece.

As well as 5 victories for H.H. the Aga Khan, Yla & Ginetta won for Prince Aly Khan and Darjina for Princess Zahra Aga Khan.

As well as 5 victories for H.H. the Aga Khan
Tula & Ginetta won for Prince Aly Khan
and Darjina for Princess Zahra Aga Khan.

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan hails Rouhiya

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'It's wonderful to see this family come back to Group 1 prominence' - Princess Zahra Aga Khan hails Rouhiya

Scott Burton
France correspondent
Published on 14 May 2024

All it took was the merest glimpse of daylight deep into the closing stages of Sunday's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches for Rouhiya to shoot between rivals and score an eighth win in the race for the Aga Khan and his family.

It was the kind of devastating kick that we all yearn to see from a top miler, and the kind of acceleration breeders search for when making their mating plans.

Sunday's scenario was a far cry from Ridasiyna's success in an attritional 2012 Prix de l'Opera, the last time a close member of this family returned to the Group 1 winner's enclosure in the green and red silks, and the revival of the line evidently struck a deep emotional chord with Princess Zahra Aga Khan.

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"For me personally, it’s wonderful to see this family come back to Group 1 prominence," Her Highness reflected. "It is extraordinary and for me is something that carries a lot of emotion. The family has been quite quiet for several generations and for it to come back this year is very special, and repays a lot of work."

Dam Rondonia managed to earn her black type for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre when third in the Listed Grand Prix de Fontainebleau, and has now produced a Classic winner from just her second foal.
Christophe Lemaire looks for non-existent dangers as Ridasiyna wins the 2012 Prix de l'Opera
Christophe Lemaire looks for non-existent dangers as Ridasiyna wins the 2012 Prix de l'OperaCredit: Edward Whitaker

Rouhiya's year-older sister by Le Havre, Rodainah, won twice for Francis Graffard and was sold at Arqana last December to race for David Salabi for €130,000, while the Aga Khan team have two more fillies to look forward to, a two-year-old by Camelot in training with Graffard and a yearling by Sea The Moon.

Rondonia is out of the Listed-winning Marju mare Raydiya and is thus a sister to Debutante Stakes winner Raydara, dam of 2022 Prix Isonomy winner Rajapour. To the breeder's point, Ridasiyna appears under Rouhiya's fifth dam, Rilasa, as does the multiple Group 1 winner Laurens.

Princess Zahra said: "To win the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches is huge for a breeder and to produce a filly like her is very important for the future.

"We’ve been trying to bring speed into these families and it’s been a labour of 20 years. With this family we hadn’t managed it until now. The staying power is a given, but she has that speed a breeder looks for.

"This race and the Diane mean everything for us as breeders because they can launch a whole family. For this family to come back in a Group 1 like this adds great value to all her sisters and the entire line."
Can lightning strike a third time?

Princess Zahra's own emerald and chocolate silks were carried to success in the Pouliches by Darjina in 2007, while the last two Aga Khan fillies to win France's version of the 1,000 Guineas hold the unique distinction of having each bequeathed the operation a stallion apiece.

The result of 2008 world champion Zarkava's cover by Dubawi in 2012 was Zarak, whose own career goes from strength to strength and who completed a near-perfect day in siring Metropolitan, winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains.

And during her sadly short career at stud, the 2015 Pouliches winner Ervedya produced Erevann, another stallion son of Dubawi who has made his debut at Haras de Bonneval this covering season.

Might Rouhiya have the potential to repeat the trick?

Princess Zahra said: "You always hope so. Especially when they have that acceleration over a mile, you can always hope."

The team at Bonneval is well aware that being able to stand two sires of Siyouni and Zarak's quality at the same time is not an everyday occurrence, though the princess pointed to the hard work that has gone into producing a pair of stallions who can help financially underpin her family's breeding and racing to the scale that it currently exists.
Zarak
Zarak, whose dam Zarkava included victory in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches on her flawless resumeCredit: Zuzanna Lupa

"Zarak has extraordinary statistics and of course he is blessed with extraordinary genetics, being out of a champion and by a great sire," she said. "Siyouni hails from a Lagardere family which is renowned for precocity and speed. I don’t think it’s all a coincidence. We’ve worked for a very long time to produce horses in that mould.

"Certainly both stallions had a lot going for them on paper. As my father says, you are playing a game of chess with nature. But they each bring the qualities that we have spent a long time searching for.

"We’re lucky not to have to follow fashion. We can follow our own genetic path and that means we can stand horses who aren't world famous and if they are good stallions because they’re well bred, that’s the way it should be."

All major breeders go through peaks and troughs but it would be fair to say that the Aga Khan is enjoying something of a purple patch in terms of producing top-level winners who go on to produce a real body of work on the track; the three Group 1 winners that preceded Rouhiya – Tarnawa, her half-sister Tahiyra and Vadeni – each backed up on more than one occasion, and boast eight of the most precious victories between them.

The breeder in Princess Zahra will already be looking forward to Rouhiya's career in the paddocks, which she revealed was one of the prime motivations for rolling the dice and going for the Poule rather than a Listed race at Chantilly 24 hours earlier.

But whether it's an attempt to keep hold of the Coronation Stakes crown won by Tahiyra last season, or a step up in trip in the Diane, Rouhiya's next appearance will be a golden opportunity to prove that, like her immediate predecessors, she is no one-hit wonder, as well as to further establish her family across the Aga Khan's breeding empire and beyond.
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Princess Zahra Aga Khan in Gilgit 2024-05-22

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan reaffirms AKDN’s support for development of Gilgit-Baltistan
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22 May 2024

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GILGIT: Princess Zahra Aga Khan, daughter of the hereditary Shia Ismaili spiritual leader, Aga Khan IV, has
reaffirmed the Aga Khan Development Netowrk’s support for the development of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Having arrived in Gilgit today, she met with the Governor and Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, and other government officials.

The region’s political leaders acknowledged and appreciated AKDN’s role in the region’s development, said two separate press releases by the Governor and CM secretariat.

Chief Minister Haji Gulbar Khan conveyed his best wishes to His Highness the Aga Khan, and also extended an invitation to him to visit GB, the press statement furhter added.

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The Chief Minister urged Princess Zahra to expand AKDN’s activities to all remote parts of the region, especially in the field of health and education. The CM said that while the physical infrastructure has been built, there are issues related to availability of quality health professionals in the region, an area in which AKDN can play its role.

Princess Zahra visited different AKDN projects in Gilgit city, and also inaugurated the newly established Aga Khan Hospital Gilgit, which is an upgraded and enhanced version of the Aga Khan Medical Center, Gilgit.

She is also scheduled to inaugurate and visit different projects, including a new health facility and a girls hostel.

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Princess Zahra assures GB govt of support in health, education

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Jamil Nagri Published May 25, 2024


GILGIT: Princess Zahra Aga Khan, who arrived at Gilgit-Baltistan on Thurs­day, has assured the government of support and cooperation for development in the education and health sectors.

GB Governor Syed Meh­di Shah, Chief Minister Haji Gulbar Khan and his cabinet members met Princess Zahra during her visit to the region.

On the occasion, the chief minister lauded the services of the Aga Khan Development Network in the health, education, infrastructure, and social development.

GB Chief Minister Haji Gulbar Khan welcomed her in GB on behalf of the government and the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that it was their wish that the health and education programmes under the AKDN should be exte­n­ded to all the districts of GB, especially remote areas.

He requested the cooperation of AKDN to add­ress the shortage of doctors, specialists, paramedical staff, and biomedical equi­pment in health facilities in Gilgit-Baltis­tan. He also highlighted the need for training of teachers and sought the cooperation of Aga Khan Educa­tion Serv­ice to improve access to and the quality of education in the area.

While talking to her, the chief minister also con­v­eyed his best wishes to His Highness Prince Kar­­im Aga Khan and ext­e­nded an invitation to visit GB.

Princess Zahra assured the CM that health and education projects would be reviewed.

She also discussed AKDN’s interventions in Gilgit-Baltistan and other areas of mutual interest in a meeting with Governor Syed Mehdi Shah held at Governor House.

The governor appreciated AKDN’s role in GB and requested the support of the institutions for the development of the region. HBL Chairman Sultan Ali Allana and other officials were also present at the meeting.

Published in Dawn, May 25th, 2024
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Princess Zahra Aga Khan in Gilgit 2024-05-23

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2024, May 23: Princess Zahra yesterday attended the inauguration of the purpose-built Aga Khan Health Centre in Aliabad, a new facility that aims to boost the quality of healthcare in the region.

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Equipped with the latest medical technologies and staffed by highly trained healthcare professionals, the new centre is a major step forward in the infrastructure of Aliabad and the surrounding area, bringing timely and effective medical services closer to the community.

To ensure residents receive the best possible care, the new centre is equipped with digital-health services, an accident and emergency department, a high-dependency unit, and comprehensive obstetric and neonatal services. The new building also houses residence facilities for doctors and nurses.

In the hub and spokes model that the Aga Khan Health Service has adopted in Pakistan, the centre is linked to the Aga Khan Hospital in Gilgit for referrals, while Aliabad itself serves as a sub-hub for nine basic health centres in Hunza and Nagar. The facility also provides digital health services where tele-consultations for psychiatry and dermatology are offered to patients.

The overall goal is to provide accessible, high-quality healthcare that not only treats illnesses but promotes overall well-being. This centre, therefore, will be a cornerstone of AKDN’s efforts to improve health outcomes in the community. As the centre opens its doors to patients, it marks a new chapter in the region's healthcare journey, promising a healthier future for all.

Princess Zahra is on a six day visit to Pakistan to review projects of the Aga Khan Development Network. Earlier in the day, she also visited the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Aliabad, established in 2018, and the Professional Development Centre, North, which was inaugurated by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 2000 and is the first of its kind development hub for teachers, teacher-educators, education administrators and managers in the region.


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The new Aga Khan Health Centre is a major step forward in the infrastructure of Aliabad and the surrounding area. Photo: AKDN / Akbar Hakim
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Princess Zahra is greeted with a bouquet of flowers upon arriving to the new Aga Khan Health Centre in Aliabad. Photo: AKDN / Akbar Hakim
The Ismaili | 23 May 2024 | Global
As the Aga Khan Health Centre opens its doors to patients, it marks a new chapter in the region's healthcare journey, promising a healthier future for all. Photo: AKDN / Akbar Hakim
Princess Zahra and guests toured the new building and its facilities, which include an accident and emergency department and a high-dependency unit. Photo: AKDN / Akbar Hakim

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Princess Zahra Aga Khan in Northern Areas 2024-05-25

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Princess Zahra concludes six-day visit to Pakistan

Covering more than a dozen projects across various districts and regions, Princess Zahra yesterday completed a whistle stop tour of northern Pakistan.

To conclude the visit, Princess Zahra, who was accompanied by her son Iliyan during the visit, attended a dinner hosted last night by the Jamati institutions in Pakistan. Performing artists from Gilgit, Hunza, and Chitral showcased their talents at the dinner, including the Coke Studio performer Natasha Baig.

Princess Zahra thanked the assembled leaders and acknowledged the important work being done by the institutions in Pakistan: “It's thanks to every single person in this system. Officially, unofficially. Unemployed. Volunteer. Donor. Friend. Every single person makes this network of agencies and institutions what it is,” she said.

“And so I just stand here as a representative of an ongoing vision. The vision that we're all following, His Highness' vision that has had such a huge impact… And I just want to say thank you.”

During her visit, Princess Zahra and her son Iliyan reviewed projects of the Aga Khan Development Network that are benefitting tens of thousands of people in the villages and towns of northern Pakistan.

Their first stop was Gilgit on 22 May, where Princess Zahra called on the Governor and the Chief Minister before visiting the recently upgraded Aga Khan Medical Centre in Gilgit, and the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Gilgit. Adjacent to the school is the Shah Karim Hostel established in 1968, which houses close to 200 students from surrounding towns to give them access to the High School. Princess Zahra met with the students in the hostel to learn more about their experiences.

The following day included a visit to the Aga Khan School in Aliabad established in 2018, and the Professional Development Centre, North in Gilgit, which was inaugurated by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 2000 and is the first of its kind development hub for teachers, teacher-educators, education administrators and managers in the region. Princess Zahra also attended the inauguration of the purpose-built Aga Khan Health Centre in Aliabad, a new facility that aims to boost the quality of healthcare in the region and bring timely and effective medical services closer to the community.

On 24 May, Princess Zahra and Iliyan visited a health centre and the Diamond Jubilee school in Immit and the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Gakhukch. They also observed an emergency simulation by the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)’s emergency response teams. Later, they attended the inauguration of the Aga Khan Hostel in Sherqilla, a new facility designed to cater for and support female students of the adjacent Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Sherqilla.

The next day, they visited the Chitral Diagnostic Centre and the Aga Khan Medical Centre Booni, the hub facility of the Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan in the Chitral region. The centre was established to provide basic and comprehensive obstetric, neonatal, and child health care to approximately 250,000 people living in Upper Chitral and now serves as a major health care provider in the region. They also visited the AKAH’s Emergency Operation Centre in Chitral and the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Seenlasht. While at the school, Princess Zahra planted a tree as a symbolic groundbreaking for a new school to be built in nearby Garamchashma.

At last night’s dinner, President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan Nizar Mewawalla thanked Princess Zahra for spending so much time in Pakistan and requested her to come back soon: “I would like to request Princess Zahra and her dear son, Iliyan, to please visit us again soon, because your visit here not only inspires the rest of us and the Jamats and the communities in which we work to do better, to do more,” he said.

“This is all driven by the spirit of the vision of our Imam. And your presence here makes us feel his presence in a much more direct manner. So thank you very much.”

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2:37 PM · May 31, 2024 on x.com (Twitter)

As part of her six-day visit to northern Pakistan last week, Princess Zahra Aga Khan honoured AKU with a visit to the Professional Development Centre, North, which is an extended arm of AKU’s Institute for Educational Development in Pakistan. The Centre is the first of its kind development hub for teachers, teacher-educators, education administrators and managers in the region, and has trained 21,000 participants to date.

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