Mlle Blanche Yvette Labrousse, the widow of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah was born on February 15, 1906 in Sete, close to Marseilles. Her parent moved to Cannes when she was a baby. Her father was a tram-conductor. She always remembered her guardian for the moral code instilled in her. She was granted the title of Miss Lyon and became Miss France in 1930 in a nation-broad magnificence contest, and in the same yr she went to Rio de Janiero to signify her nation at an international event. She married to Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah at the age of 39 years on October 9, 1944 in Switzerland. She had converted to Islam earlier than marriage.
The individuals known as her Yvonne Aga Khan or Yak, but she added i in yak (Yaki) to make its sound higher, and thus the Imam built a villa of 21-rooms for her in Cannes, referred to as Yakimour. In 1946, Imam awarded her the title of Mata Salamat during 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 year, she performed hajj within the firm of the then Governor General of Pakistan. She was very supportive of her husband in his work during their thirteen years together. She took a selected interest in points affecting girls's welfare. She additionally developed an lively interest in painting and sculpture. She was attracted by classical music, opera and ballet. Following her husband's death on July 11, 1957, she moved between Geneva, Aswan, Paris and Le Cannet. In Le Cannet she was held in particular esteem and was known for her generosity towards the elderly, via the institution of a retirement residence. In 1999, the Mayor of Le Cannet Rocheville unveiled a bronze statue in her honour within the Jardin des Oliviers. She worked through the years by way of her own Egyptian Om Habibeh Basis to assist alleviate poverty and improve dwelling circumstances in Aswan, via contributions to healthcare, training services and revenue technology programmes.
Since 1957, she had maintained persevering with and shut contact with the Ismaili group world wide. She participated in many official visits by the Present Imam to Asia and Africa, including those in 1982 marking the 25th Anniversary of the accession to the Imamate. She was present at 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 the years, she also participated in events associated with the Aga Khan Award for Structure. She continued to be an honoured guest at family functions including the wedding of the Present Imam in France in May, 1998.
She had no youngsters, was survived by her step-son, Prince Sadruddin. She can also be survived by three steps grand-youngsters, the Current Imam, Prince Amyn Muhammad and their half-sister Princes Yasmin. Earlier than her death, she organized for Yakimour to be retained to be used by the Imam's family. She additionally planned that a big a part of her property be donated to 2 foundations closely related to the household: The Aga Khan Basis, Geneva, established by the Imam in 1967, and the Bellerive Basis in Geneva, established by Prince Sadruddin in 1977.
She have had an operation in September, 1992 at the age of 86 years, and misplaced sight in a single eye. She was in the fixed company 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 relaxation in the identical sandstone mausoleum high 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 prepared by the Governorate of Aswan to enable citizens to pay their last respects. Governor Kamal Ahmed Amer of Aswan represented the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; civic leaders represented the individuals of Aswan; and t