22 October 2020

Royal birth in Albania

The Office of Crown Prince Leka, Head of the Royal House of Albania, announced today the birth of Princess Geraldine, firstborn child of the Crown Prince and his wife Crown Princess Elia, née Zaharia:
The Albanian Royal Family is delighted to announce the birth of Her Royal Highness Princess Geraldine, who was born to Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Leka of the Albanians and Crown Princess Elia, Thursday the 22nd of October. 
Crown Princess Elia was safely delivered at 09:30, the "Queen Geraldine Maternity Hospital" in Tirana. 
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
The newborn princess is named after her great-grandmother Queen Geraldine, née Countess Apponyi de Nagy-Appony (1915–2002), wife of King Zog of the Albanians (1895–1961). Crown Prince Leka (often referred to as Prince Leka or Leka Zogu), who became head of the Royal House of Albania in 2011 when his father Leka, nominal King of the Albanians, died. Crown Prince Leka married Elia Zaharia in 2016.

Because of Queen Geraldine's descendance from Johann Georg II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, her great-granddaughter with the same name is related to most royal and former royal families of Europe, including the Norwegian Royal Family. Princess Geraldine is a 10th cousin to King Harald V of Norway.

The little genealogical table is among others based on a genealogical table published in Europe's Royal Families by Maria Kroll and Jason Lindsey, published by Country Life Books in 1979.

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