Prince Leka, the sole descendant of Albania’s last king, married popular actress Elia Zaharia in a ceremony attended by the Spanish queen and several former royals.
Wedding of Leka, Crown Prince of Albania is the first wedding in Tirana of a member of the deposed royal family since 1938.
Leka’s grandfather Zog I, fled in 1939, a year after his wedding with Hungary’s Princess Geraldine Apponyi. The royal family was forbidden to return until the fall of communism in 1990.
The 33-year old bride, who studied theater in Paris, is a famous actress in Albania and Prince Leka (34) is a graduate from Britain’s Sandhurst military academy and is an adviser to Albania’s foreign minister.
More than 20 current and erstwhile royals attended, including Spain’s Queen Sofia, Iran’s former Empress Farah Diba, Prince Mihailo Karadjordjević of Yugoslavia and Princess Margarita of Romania.