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04 May 2017

Versailles Foundation

The Crown Prince gives a speech to the Versailles Foundation and highlights Albanian history and Culture

The evening of May 4th at this year’s Versailles Foundation Benefit dinner, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Leka II of the Albanians, graced the evening’s patrons with his presence and with a spectacular view into the storied past of his country. The Prince explained the strong connection to France and to Versailles, as Albania's independence was established at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. The Albanian Royal Family sojourned near the palace after the fascist invasion of Albania in 1939.

Prince Leka spoke of the many facets of Albanian history with its Greek, Roman and Ottoman influences, and discussed the current state of this Republic. His Highness spoke of the many iterations of Albanian politics, citing his father, King Zog as a wonderful example of Albania's ability to change with the times, having been both a ruling monarch and a democratically elected official.

The Crown Prince discussed the close relationship between Albania and the United States. Two days later His Highness is due to personally petition in Albany The New York Senate and Assembly with a day of official recognition to honor the Albanian born Mother Theresa on September 4th, the day she was made a Saint. He then paid special tribute to the Cadets of VFMAC, to whom he wished "the very best" and recalled his own experience as a Sandhurst graduate, stating that "character built during training would take one through the challenges of each ordinary day.”

Prince Leka ended his speech on a joyful and hopeful note, citing his recent wedding to Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Elia of the Albanians, and the many cultures, religions, and traditions that were incorporated into their wedding and how the peaceful and collaborative cooperation of the Albanian people may serve to inspire sustained good will and close ties between countries, and politicians.