Saturday, October 8, 2016

The wedding of Prince Leka and Princess Elia of Albania


TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

The bride and groom with Grand Duke George and Grand Duchess Maria of Russia


Prince Nikola of Montenegro

all photos copyright Roger Lundgren
TRH Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania

TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine

HIH Grand Duchess Maria of Russia

HI & RH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia & TRH The Duke and Duchess of Braganza

TRH The Duke and Duchess of  Castro

HRH Lalla Meriem of Morocco

Her Imperial Majesty  Empress Farah of Iran

TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.  The Princess' mother, Countess Maria Anna Szapary was one of Queen Geraldine's bridesmaids

HM Queen Sofia of Spain and HRH Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark


The bride and groom with their attendants.  Looks like HIH Grand Duke George of Russia was a groomsman.



HI & RH Prince Georg Friedrich and Roger Lundgren


HSH Gloria, Princess of Thurn und Taxis


Thanks to Roger Lundgren and Seth Leonard for sharing their photos with me.

The couple were married in a civil ceremonty at the New Royal Palace, the residence of the President of Albania.  The 15-minute ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of Tirana.    The bride and groom received benedictions from the five different religious groups in Albania (Muslin, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protesant and Orthodox), symbolizing religious tolerance in Albania.

The wedding luncheon was held the Royal Residence, the home of the Prince and Princess.   This was followed by a formal dinner for all the guests at the New Royal Palace.

HRH Prince Nikola of Montenegro and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Serbia with the newlyweds

HRH Prince Nikola of Montenegro with Crown Princess Katherine and Crown Prince Alexander

HRH Crown Prince Alexander, HRH Prince Michael of Kent and the Serbian Ambassador to Albania



9 comments:

Marion Banks-Wilkinson said...

She really carried off the Ram of Skanderbeg tiara, Lovely photos and you are the only source i've seen that details the blessings. Wonderful idea.

www.maltagenealogy.com said...

Really loved the photo of the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia.. Thats perhaps the best photo ive seen of her.

John said...

Were the Kents officially representing Queen Elizabeth, or were they there in a private capacity?

Paul Harten said...

Really intrigued why so many royals etc should be present. Are we to believe that all of this eclectic group are friends or even acquainted with the couple ? Nice if they are but don't recall seeing him at any other royal event or his parents. I doubt the Michaels of Kent were the 'official' representatives of HM either. Just saying :-)

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

John. No. This was not an official or state event. It was organized by Roger Lundgren, who is the publisher of a Swedish royal magazine. Princess Michael's mother was one of Geraldine's bridesmaids. Leka and his family have known the Spanish royals for years as Juan Carlos help them settle in Spain. But the Michaels did not represent the queen.

Matthew Plooster said...

Do the Michaels represent the Queen much these days?

Maria Magdalena said...

The religions that blessed the couple are not correct in your post. In the interview at this link Leka and Elia said the faiths would be Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim, and Bektashi(a Muslim Sufi order). Judaism was not represented.

http://us.hola.com/realeza/2016100488758/boda-real-leka-albania-elia-zaharia/

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

thanks MM

Matthew. The Michaels have rarely repped the queen. They have their own engagements and patronages. Although they are included on the British monarchy's website, their engagements are not included in the Court Circular. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are the only 2 adults royals not included on the website. Beatrice's patronages were briefly included in the charities database (she had more than ten) but just checked again, and she has been removed.

Djordje Kraljevic said...

The man identified as Prince Michel of Yugoslavia in the photo with Crown Prince Alexander and Prince Michael of Kent is in fact His Excellency Miroljub Zaric, Serbian Ambassador to Albania.