Iranian state television called the queen “one of the greatest criminals in human history” and even compared her to Adolf Hitler in a series of shocking rants.
As the world mourns one of the most beloved figures in modern history, the authoritarian regime claimed the monarch’s passing was “good news for the oppressed people of the world” and said his legacy was “full of crimes, abominations and filth”. ‘
The leaders of similar authoritarian regimes, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, offered their condolences to the royal family last week.
But Iran’s Foreign Ministry has not commented on his death or King Charles III’s accession to the throne, and its government-linked TV channels have aired vile remarks about his legacy.
On the Iranian Channel 1 network, researcher Foad Izadi from the University of Tehran said, in comments translated by the Middle East Research Institute: “Perhaps, in the light of his 70 years on the throne, should she be included in the same list as Hitler”.
Iranian state television called the queen ‘one of the greatest criminals in the history of mankind’ and even compared her to Adolf Hitler
“From a certain point of view, we should be sad that this person died because he died without being judged, without being punished and without paying for his crimes.”
In an English-language broadcast on the government network PressTV, he added: ‘The Queen is a notorious imperialist, colonialist, war criminal, British military aggression across the world is done under her name.
“The British Armed Forces are the Queen’s Armed Forces.
“So we only have a handful of people who have committed so many atrocities in the last century: Hitler, for example, some American presidents belong to this list, and Queen Elizabeth who oversaw the end of the British Empire.
“The number of people who have been killed is in the millions and the Queen is responsible for that.” Justice has not been served for one of the most vicious individuals of the past century.
Foad Izadi of the University of Tehran said the monarch’s passing was ‘good news for the oppressed people of the world’
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has not commented on his death or King Charles III’s accession to the throne. Pictured: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
The PressTV website also posted an online commentary blaming the Queen for presiding over a “colonial reign” that “inflicted excruciating suffering on millions around the world”.
They blamed him for Iran’s lack of sovereignty over Bahrain and the deadly crackdown on protesters against the Iranian regime in 2009.
The website claimed the protesters had been brainwashed by the Queen and the BBC into demanding free and fair elections and calling for an end to theocratic rule.
Although there have been some backlashes to the monarchy, the vast majority of the outpouring of emotions for the Queen has been gloomy and somber, focusing on how she has led Britain over the past seven past decades of social upheaval.
Unlike many countries with full coverage, the Islamic Republic’s state television reported the death of the world’s longest reigning monarch on Thursday to the bare minimum, with just a brief announcement accompanied by archival footage and photographs.
Haniyeh, a student, told AFP she learned of the queen’s death through social media.
The Queen and Prince Philip pose with Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran and his wife Farah Pahlavi during their state visit to Tehran in 1961
Then-Prince Charles talks to an Iranian man who badly burned his hands in a 2004 earthquake in Bam
“I saw the news of his death on Instagram. I didn’t feel anything, and frankly, I don’t care,’ she said.
Broadcasters around the world interrupted normal programming to announce her death, but young northern Tehran market trader Faraz said he hadn’t even heard of her.
“I don’t have a television at home and I’m not interested in politics. I didn’t know her, he said.
Many Iranians are interested in politics, both domestic and international. But most remain indifferent to the world’s royal families since the 1979 Islamic revolution toppled the country’s monarchy.
Faezeh, a 26-year-old nurse, told AFP: “I didn’t know anything about her and her death means nothing to me.”
Queen Elizabeth visited Iran in 1961, staying at the magnificent Golestan Palace in Tehran. She also visited Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis, accompanied by Farah Pahlavi, then Empress.
King Charles III visited Iran on a humanitarian mission following the devastating 2003 earthquake in Bam, in the southeast, which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.
British and Soviet forces invaded Iran in 1941 to secure Britain’s oil fields at Abadan.
Tehran has avoided any official comment on Queen Elizabeth II’s death, but some Iranians have expressed outright hostility
During the occupation, the pro-Axis Shah Reza Pahlavi was forced into exile and replaced by his young son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Britain also supported Pahlavi’s army when the Kurdish republic of Mahabad was crushed in 1946.
But what Iranians remember most is the August 1953 overthrow by the British and American secret services of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh who had nationalized the oil industry.
“Queen Elizabeth II was one of those who orchestrated the coup that overthrew the government of Dr Mossadegh” to restore the shah, Twitter user Helma wrote.
Another Twitter user, Majid, was more blunt.
“Don’t make the Queen of England a saint,” he wrote.
“Among his crimes were aiding the Iraqi Baathist regime against Iran (during the 1980-88 war), the coup against Mossadegh, the murder of Princess Diana, aiding the US attacks against Afghanistan and Iraq in 2001 and 2003, and the murder of the people of Northern Ireland.’
However, a passage from the recent book “The Secret Royals” by Richard J. Aldrich and Rory Cormac gives a rather different view.
The authors write that the late queen “considered the shah an overwhelming bore and hated his company as he spoke only of administrative matters.”
But they also say that in 1979, after the Islamic Revolution, she was “angry to have let the shah down” when the government in London balked at suggestions to offer her asylum in Britain.
However, members of the British royal family have remained in the memory of supporters of Mohammad Khatami, Iran’s fifth president between 1997 and 2005.
The ‘@Khatamy’ Instagram account, with nearly a million followers, shared photos of the Queen, as well as photos of her son Charles with Khatami.
Khatami, considered a moderate in Iranian politics, said the British should be appreciated for “establishing democracy”.