A Royal wedding is something so elegant, often seen as important occasion of state and attract significant national and international attention and that’s why so many people talk about it. Albania hosted the second royal wedding since then Prince Leka II, the sole descendant of Albania’s last king married long-time fiancée popular actress Elia Zaharia in an opulent ceremony in Tirana. And it was really a pomp and circumstance of a traditional royal wedding
Becoming a princess may be a dream for many girls, but Elia Zaharia, make it a reality. Elia said “I do” to her beloved Prince Leka of Albania on Saturday, October 8th, 2016. Elia, the 33-years old bride studied theater in Paris and she is a famous actress in Albania, whereas Leka, the 34-years groom graduated from Britain’s Sandhurst military academy and is an adviser to Albania’s foreign minister. They got engaged in Paris in 2010 but only started planning for the big day six months ago.
The couple got married in a civil ceremony at the New Royal Palace, the residence of the President of Albania. The 15-minute ceremony was conducted by the Major of Tirana. In a ceremony were invited to attend many famous personalities, also the bride and groom received benedictions from the five different religious groups in Albania (Muslim, Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, Roman and Protestant) symbolizing religious unity and tolerance in Albania. The wedding luncheon was held in the Royal Residence, the home of the Prince and Princess.
The “princess moment” was when she appeared outside and showed off her gorgeous dress. The bride’s wedding dress was something straight out of a fairy tale. The classic poufy ball gown, decorated with lace that continued down sheer sleeves, was the perfect pick to make history in, and her veil — equally poufy and extra-long — only added to that breathtaking factor.
In wedding attended more than 20 current and erstwhile royals’ families from across the world. The Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Irene of Greece, the former Empress Farah Diba of Iran and Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic of Yugoslavia, Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania, Prince Michael of Kent-the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Léa of Belgium, Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine of Sebia, Archduke Georg and Archduchess Eilika of Austria were present at the opulent ceremony in Albanian capital Tirana.
It was the first wedding in Tirana of a member of the deposed royal family since 1938. Leka’s grandfather Zog I, fled when Italian Fascist troops invaded Albania in 1939, a year after his wedding with Hungary’s Princess Geraldine Apponyi.
Albania was isolated during the communist era and closed to the outside world, and the descendants of Zog were considered traitors. The royal family was forbidden to return until the fall of communism in 1990.
Albania decided in a constitutional referendum, in 1997, to remain a Republic. Prince Leka II retains the royal title but the family has traded the claim to the Albanian throne with the return of some of the pre-war properties and a role in the public life.
Now, Albania and Albanians have a new Queen and a Princess one.