Leka, Crown Prince of Albania

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His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Albania (Leka Zogu, born April 5, 1939), by monarchists called Leka I, King of the Albanians, is the only son of King Zog I and his consort, Queen Geraldine. He is the pretender to the short-lived throne of Albania.

Two days after his birth in Tirana, his father was forced into exile and soon officially replaced on the throne by Victor Emmanuel III of Italy. The Crown Prince was appointed heir apparent of the Albanian throne in 1957. Since the end of World War II, Albania has been a republic, but since 1961 Leka has nevertheless titled himself King of the Albanians (originally proclaimed at the Albanian National Assembly in a Paris exile). He also titles himself Sovereign Grand Master of the Orders of Scanderbeg, Fidelty and Bravery.

A referendum in 1997 to return the monarchy was not passed, but some Albanians still see him as their king.

He was married in 1975, in France, to Susan Cullen-Ward, an Australian, who was subsequently called by monarchists Queen Susan. She died on 17 July 2004.

The Crown Prince has one son, Leka Anwar Zog Reza Baudouin Msiziwe.et:Leka (prints) sv:Leka

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