US officials dragged Queen into 1953 Iranian coup because of muddled

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The 1953 coup of Iran, which returned Shah Mohammad Reza to power may have been caused by US officials mistaking the RMS Queen Elizabeth liner for the actual monarch.
Queen Elizabeth II may have played an important but unwitting role in the coup against Iran's prime minister because of a muddled telegram, newly-discovered documents have revealed.

Communications found in Washington DC's archives show bungling US officials accidentally told the Shah of Iran that the monarch had urged him to stay in his country to successfully complete the coup, but she had no involvement at all.

In 1953, Britain's Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden was organising a coup against Mohammad Mossadeq, Iran's prime minister.

Mossadeq had two years earlier secured a unanimous vote in favour of nationalising the country's oil fields, which had been built through the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, later known as British Petroleum (BP).

Communications found in Washington DC's archives show bungling US officials accidentally told the Shah of Iran that The Queen had urged him to stay in his country to successfully complete the coup, but she had actually had no involvement at all. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit Queen Farah and the Shah in Iran in 1961

To restore British control, Eden wanted to replaced him with the shah, an ally to the Western powers such as France, the United States and the UK.

But the shah was unconvinced by the idea, instead preferring a more comfortable life in exile, having already lived in Italy after being removed.

Looking to convince the…
By William Cole For Mailonline
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