Farouk I, Egypt's 10th and last king from the Muhammad Ali Dynasty, ruled the country from 1936 until 1952. 

Corruption was rampant, and the king was blamed for the Egyptian army's defeat in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, leading to his eventual overthrow in 1952. 

However, during his reign, Egypt, particularly its elite, was often seen as glamorous, chic, and alluring.  

Here are a few photos from that time: 

1. The king's coronation ceremony

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Royal Opera House illuminated for the coronation of King Farouk I on 29 July 1937. 

2. A royal salutation

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Farouk I saluting the crowd from his Mercedes Benz 540K; a wedding gift from Adolf Hitler.  

It is said that he owned hundreds of cars, including Bentleys and Rolls Royces.

3. Alexandria never ceased to amaze

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Urban life in Alexandria back in the 1940s took a European turn when it came to architecture. 

The contrast between people's traditional outfits and the foreign design of cars and buildings is clearly visible in this photo.

4. Elegance was an understatement

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Elegance was a requirement for the rich and famous. Here we see family and friends gathered at the Tahra Palace for a New Year's Eve party in 1948.

5. Cairo's beloved square

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With the Egyptian Museum to the left, Cairo's ever-famous Tahrir Square gathers a small crowd in 1941.

6. A royal Iftar

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A banquet organized by Farouk I during the holy month of Ramadan.

7. The ever-patriotic Egyptian spirit

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On January 25, 1952, crowds marched towards Shepherd Hotel in Cairo to protest the killing of 50 police officers by the British Occupation.