American supermodel, 24, wears stunning ivory sari as she marries the eldest son of the Aga Khan in fairytale wedding

– Kendra Spears and Prince Rahim announced their engagement in April
– Married in traditional Muslim ceremony at Bellerive Castle in Geneva

American supermodel Kendra Spears became a princess yesterday after marrying the eldest son of billionaire racehorse owner, His Highness Aga Khan IV.

The Seattle-born beauty, 24, wore a stunning ivory sari with gold embroidery to marry Prince Rahim Aga Khan, 41, in a traditional Muslim ceremony.

After a short engagement of only four months, the couple exchanged vows at the Bellerive Castle in Geneva, Switzerland.

In this handout photo provided by The Ismaili, Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Miss Kendra Salwa Spears pose together during their wedding ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland

In this photo provided by The Ismaili, Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Miss Kendra Salwa Spears pose together during their wedding ceremony in Geneva

Spears wore her hair in an elegant chignon and kept her make-up natural with a soft smoky eye.

She accessorised her traditional dress with sparkling jewelled earrings with matching tiered necklace and wore nude strappy sandals for the warm summer wedding.

Just family and close friends attended the private ceremony on the grounds of the Château de Bellerive, overlooking the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The traditional Muslim ceremony follows in the royal family’s custom.

The couple’s engagement was made public in April by the Aga Khan in a press release on his website. They had not confirmed a wedding date at the time.

Spears thanked well-wishers shortly after via Twitter, writing: ‘Thank you all for the kind tweets! We’re very excited!’

His Highness, who is the spiritual leader of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims, said he was ‘delighted to announce the engagement.’

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4 replies

  1. We wish the newly married couple all the happyness in their life. (but cannot fail to wonder, why this family always chooses brides from outside of their community. I am sure there are beautiful Ismaili girls around …) (just my own thoughts).

  2. Hi Rafiq,

    In the Ismaili Muslim faith, followers are considered the Aga Khan’s “spiritual” children. Therefore – the family of the Aga Khan does not marry within the faith as it is thought of as incestuous. This is for a reason 🙂

    Just sharing. I am an Ismaili Muslim woman living in Vancouver.


  3. @ Azra Virani
    I understand there is only one spiritual leader. What about rest of the men in family?

    Does same apply to women in the family?

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