Mlle Blanche Yvette Labrousse, the widow of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah was born on February 15, 1906 in Sete, close to Marseilles. Her dad or mum moved to Cannes when she was a child. Her father was a tram-conductor. She always remembered her parent for the moral code instilled in her. She was granted the title of Miss Lyon and have become Miss France in 1930 in a nation-extensive magnificence contest, and in the identical year she went to Rio de Janiero to symbolize her country at a global occasion. She married to Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah at the age of 39 years on October 9, 1944 in Switzerland. She had transformed to Islam earlier than marriage.
The folks called her Yvonne Aga Khan or Yak, but she added i in yak (Yaki) to make its sound better, and thus the Imam built a villa of 21-rooms for her in Cannes, known as Yakimour. In 1946, Imam awarded her the title of Mata Salamat through the Diamond Jubilee in Dar-es-Salam, and in addition named her Umm Habibeh in 1954 and repeated the title of Mata Salamat. In the identical year, she performed hajj in the company of the then Governor Basic of Pakistan. She was very supportive of her husband in his work during their thirteen years collectively. She took a specific interest in points affecting girls's welfare. She also developed an lively curiosity in portray and sculpture. She was attracted by classical music, opera and ballet. Following her husband's dying on July eleven, 1957, she moved between Geneva, Aswan, Paris and Le Cannet. In Le Cannet she was held particularly esteem and was recognized for her generosity in direction of the aged, by the institution of a retirement residence. In 1999, the Mayor of Le Cannet Rocheville unveiled a bronze statue in her honour in the Jardin des Oliviers. She worked over the years by way of her own Egyptian Om Habibeh Basis to assist alleviate poverty and enhance dwelling situations in Aswan, via contributions to healthcare, schooling facilities and earnings technology programmes.
Since 1957, she had maintained continuing and close contact with the Ismaili group world wide. She participated in many official visits by the Present Imam to Asia and Africa, together with those in 1982 marking the twenty fifth Anniversary of the accession to the Imamate. She was present on the historic charter ceremony of the Aga Khan University in Karachi, as well as the inauguration by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the Ismaili Centre in South Kensington, London in 1984. Over time, she also participated in events associated with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She continued to be an honoured visitor at family capabilities together with the marriage of the Present Imam in France in Might, 1998.
She had no kids, was survived by her step-son, Prince Sadruddin. She can also be survived by three steps grand-youngsters, the Present Imam, Prince Amyn Muhammad and their half-sister Princes Yasmin. Before her demise, she organized for Yakimour to be retained to be used by the Imam's family. She additionally planned that a big part of her property be donated to 2 foundations intently related to the family: The Aga Khan Basis, Geneva, established by the Imam in 1967, and the Bellerive Foundation in Geneva, established by Prince Sadruddin in 1977.
She have had an operation in September, 1992 at the age of 86 years, and lost sight in a single eye. She was within the constant firm of her assistants, Janine, and Shamsy.
Mata Salamat, Umm Habibeh expired on July 1, 2000 at Le Cannet, south of France on the age of 95 years. In a solemn ceremony on Tuesday, 4th July, 2000, she was laid to rest in the identical sandstone mausoleum excessive atop a dune overlooking the Nile in Aswan. The bier was carried on a ceremonial boat alongside the Nile to Noor El Salaam. Escorted by a flotilla of small craft, black mourning pennants fluttering at their masts, the boat detoured to drift past a marquee ready by the Governorate of Aswan to enable citizens to pay their final respects. Governor Kamal Ahmed Amer of Aswan represented the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; civic leaders represented the folks of Aswan; and t