Welcome to the world, Princess Geraldine! Crown Prince Leka II and Crown Princess Elia announce the birth of their first child – 4 years after becoming the first Albanian royals to marry since the end of communism

Albania’s Crown Prince Leka II and Crown Princess Elia have announced the birth of their first child, a baby girl named Geraldine.
The couple, who were married in 2016 in the European nation’s second ever royal wedding and the first since the end of communism, welcomed their daughter on Thursday at the Queen Geraldine Maternity Hospital in Tirana.

They named their daughter Geraldine – a meaningful tribute to the little one’s paternal great-grandmother, Queen Geraldine, who died on October 22, 2002, 18 years to the day before her namesake’s birth.

‘Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well,’ the royal court said in a statement announcing the birth, adding that they were ‘delighted’ with the news.

Queen Geraldine was married to King Zog I, who was the first monarch of Albania after it gained independence from the Ottoman Empire but fled his homeland in 1939 when Italy’s fascists occupied the Balkan state. 

Source: The Daily Mail Uk

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