|An invitation to the imperial and royal wedding|
|Prince João Maria de Orléans e Bragança|
|Prince Hassan Omar Toussoun|
Fatima Sharifa Chirine was born at Cairo, Egypt, on 19 April 1923. She was the daughter of Husain Ismail Chirine and Aisha Mussalam. She was a first cousin of Ismail Chirine, who became the second husband of Princess Fawzia of Egypt, former Queen of Iran as the first wife of the Shah. Fatima had been married to a cousin of King Farouk of Egypt, Prince Hassan Omar Toussoun of Egypt (1901-1946). Fatima and Hassan were wed in 1940 and during their union they had one daughter, Princess Melekper Toussoun (b.1943). Fatima became a widow when her husband died when his automobile crashed into a pole while on the French Riviera. There were rumours that King Farouk was quite in love with his cousin's wife/widow - the king did not react well when Fatima and João became taken with one another.
Prince João and Princess Fatima originally met at a 1946 reception in Cairo, which the prince had been invited to attend by King Farouk. At the time, João was a member of the Brazilian air force and also a commercial airline pilot. The pair's romance started there and it culminated in the announcement of their engagement and upcoming wedding in 1949. The king of Egypt was very unhappy at this development: he threatened Fatima with the loss of custody of her young daughter, Princess Melekper, who had remained in Egypt while Fatima was in France with João.
|Princess Fatima and Prince João|
|King Fuad II of Egypt, his cousin Princess Melekper Toussoun, and her half-brother Prince João Henrique|
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