Mlle Blanche Yvette Labrousse, the widow of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah was born on February 15, 1906 in Sete, close to Marseilles. Her guardian moved to Cannes when she was a child. Her father was a tram-conductor. She always remembered her mother or father 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 characterize her country at an international occasion. She married to Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah on the age of 39 years on October 9, 1944 in Switzerland. She had converted to Islam before marriage.
The folks called her Yvonne Aga Khan or Yak, but she added i in yak (Yaki) to make its sound higher, and thus the Imam constructed a villa of 21-rooms for her in Cannes, referred to as Yakimour. In 1946, Imam awarded her the title of Mata Salamat in the course of the Diamond Jubilee in Dar-es-Salam, and also named her Umm Habibeh in 1954 and repeated the title of Mata Salamat. In the same 12 months, she carried out hajj within the firm 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 active curiosity in painting 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 in particular esteem and was recognized for her generosity towards the aged, by way of the institution of a retirement house. In 1999, the Mayor of Le Cannet Rocheville unveiled a bronze statue in her honour in the Jardin des Oliviers. She worked through the years by her personal Egyptian Om Habibeh Basis to assist alleviate poverty and enhance residing conditions in Aswan, by means of contributions to healthcare, education facilities and income technology programmes.
Since 1957, she had maintained persevering with and shut contact with the Ismaili community world wide. She participated in many official visits by the Present Imam to Asia and Africa, including those in 1982 marking the twenty fifth Anniversary of the accession to the Imamate. She was current on the historic constitution 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. Through the years, she additionally participated in events related to the Aga Khan Award for Structure. She continued to be an honoured visitor at household features including the wedding of the Present Imam in France in Could, 1998.
She had no kids, was survived by her step-son, Prince Sadruddin. She can also be survived by three steps grand-kids, the Present Imam, Prince Amyn Muhammad and their half-sister Princes Yasmin. Earlier than her loss of life, she arranged for Yakimour to be retained to be used by the Imam's family. She also planned that a big part of her estate be donated to two foundations intently associated with 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 on the age of 86 years, and misplaced sight in one eye. She was within the fixed 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 along the Nile to Noor El Salaam. Escorted by a flotilla of small craft, black mourning pennants fluttering at their masts, the boat detoured to float previous a marquee ready by the Governorate of Aswan to allow citizens to pay their last respects. Governor Kamal Ahmed Amer of Aswan represented the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; civic leaders represented the people of Aswan; and t