What you don't know is that in 1941 the Anglo-Soviet involvement in Iran during WWII forced Reza Shah Pahlavi to abdicate power to his son Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. In Iran Shah is King. In 1948 the UK and US restructured Iranian government to be more similar to the UK government whereby the King/Queen is just a figurehead and the Prime Minister has the power. This lead to Mosaddegh being elected in 1951 as the new powerful Prime Minister of Iran. Mosaddegh's close ties with the communistic Tudeh party led to the nationalization of the Iranian oil fields which then caused the UK and US to overthrow the Prime Minister and restructured the government yet again, returning the power of Iranian government back in the hands of the Shah.
Mohammmad Reza Shah Pahlavi was the Shah from 1941 to 1979. The only change between that time was if the Shah had the power as a typical monarch or if he only had a symbolic position such as the King/Queen of England.
I am in no way condoning the action of the US in the 1953 coup d'etat of Mosaddegh, however, it was only due to US/Uk involvement in 1948 which even allowed him to amass the power in the first place.
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