Her Royal Highness believes that charity starts at home.
Her own of which she has many.
— Sikh guide on Kish Island
My connections with Iran widened and deepened in the late 1960s. Memories of the Abadan crisis faded as British oil companies shifted the bulk of their drilling operations from the Middle East to the North Sea and Alaska. Britain’s relations with Iran improved. I was elected to the executive committee of the Conservative party’s most influential body in the House of Commons and served as honorary secretary and later chairman of the BritishIranian Parliamentary group.
This brought me into contact with the large Iranian community in London and with dozens of old Persian hands, among them Geoffrey Keating, who had served as an aide to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, Britain’s World War II army commander. Keating had spent several years in Iran as a PR man for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and was a trustee of its pension fund which looked after many hundreds of Iranians as well as Brits.
Keating, through his many friends in Iran, arranged for me to visit the head office of the now nationalized Iranian Oil company (NIOC) in Teheran and to tour its tanker terminals on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf. Together we flew to Ahwaz and hired a car to drive to the oil fields. A sand storm blew up, giving Keating, an AngloIrishman an excuse to tell a tall story about the former Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) changing its name to BP.
According to Keating, a bee flew into the Rolls Royce car of AIOC’s chairman when, like us, he was being driven through the