Albanian Crown Prince Leka II has received an invite to come to the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on 20 January. He has accepted the invitation.
“I am honoured by this invitation. The Royal Family has always valued the relationship with the United States, a friendship between two peoples that needs to be protected”, he said in a statement.
The invitation wasn’t issued by Donald Trump himself, but it came from New York from the Republic Senator Martin J. Golden, who represents Brooklyn. Prince Leka will be his guest during the inauguration.
Prince Leka is the grandson of King Zog I, who ruled the country from 1928 until 1939. His parents are Leka, Crown Prince of Albania (of King Leka I of Albania) and Australian-born Susan Cullen-Ward. His father was just a few days old when the family was exiled from Albania due to the Italian invasion. Prince Leka was born on 26 March 1982 in South Africa, although the maternity ward was temporarily declared to be Albanian territory. He went to school at St Peter’s College in Johannesburg and also graduated from Sandhurst Military Academy in 2006, where he was declared the “best foreign student of the Academy”. He studied Italian at the Università per Stranieri and also completed training at the Albanian Military Academy Skanderbej. He is fluent in Albanian, English, Italian and speaks some Zulu.
He currently lives in the capital of Albania, Tirana. Prince Leka is pursuing a career in diplomacy and he is now serving as a political advisor to the President. Just last year he married his longtime fiancée, Elia Zaharia in the Albanian capital of Tirana. The wedding was attended by Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Queen Sofia of Spain and Empress Farah Pahlavi among others.