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26 September 2013

400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty

HRH Prince Leka and Ms Elia Zaharia invited to the ceremonies of the 400th anniversary of the rise of the Romanov Family on the Russian throne

HRH Prince Leka II of the Albanians, Ms Elia Zaharia, HRH’s fiancee and a delegation of the albanian old families attended the ceremonies of the 400th anniversary of the rise of the Romanov dinasty to the russian throne, headed by Their Imperial Highnesses Grand-Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and Grand-Duke Georgui Mikhailovitch, Her Son and Heir.

The celebrations, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty were helded in Yalta, Crimea. A memorial service, the Panichida, was held on September 22 at the Imperial Family private chapel near to the Livadia Palace, the last summer residence of Nicholas II and his family. A State Dinner took place in the evening at Livadia Palace, honoured by the presence of many prestigious guests, russian orthodox clergy and members of the Ukrainian Government as well.

Many royal and princely houses were represented at the event. King Fouad II of Egypt, archduke Joseph-Charles of Habsburg, Don Duarte, Crown Prince of Portugal, princess Maria-Gabriella of Savoy, the margrave of Bade, the prince and princess of Leinengen, princes Wladimir and Michael Karageorgevic, etc.

The purpose of the attendance of this event by HRH Prince Leka of the Albanians was not only to honour the great contribute of the Romanov on the Russian and on the European history, but also to strength the old friendship between the Albanian Royal Family and the House of Romanov which are old and very genuine.

HIH Grand-Duchess Maria attended King Leka I’s and Queen Susan wedding in Madrid in october 1975. King Leka I and Queen Susan attended the mariage of HIH Grand-Duchess Maria with HIH Prince Franz Wilhelm von Hohenzollern in Madrid in september 1976.

HIH Grand-Duke Georgui attended, on behalf of His mother, the ceremony of the translation of the body of King Zog I of the Albanians and the State Funeral helded in Tirana in november 2012.

The 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty is marked on the 6th of March. Michael Romanov, whose grandfather, Nikita, wa a central adviser to Ivan the Terrible, was unanimously elected Tsar of Russia by a national assembly on 21 February 1613. Since that time, Romanov family, as the second and last Russian imperial dynasty, ruled the country right until 1917.