A royal wedding took place in Europe over the weekend when the crown prince of Albania, Leka II, married a popular actress, Elia Zaharia.

It was the first time a member of the Albanian royal family has been married in the country since 1938 – and only the second royal wedding ever in Albania.  The country was invaded by Italian Fascist troops in 1939, forcing Leka’s grandfather Zog I to flee.

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The royal family, living in exile, was unable to return to Albania until the fall of communism in the country in 1990.

This weekend’s wedding featured a lavish ceremony and all the pomp and ceremony you’d expect of a royal wedding.

Representatives of more than 20 royal families from around the world attended, including Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

8 ตุลาคม 2559 – เจ้าชายเลก้าแห่งอัลเบเนีย ได้เข้าพระราชพิธีอภิเษกสมรส กับพระคู่หมั้น เอเลีย ซาฮาเรีย โดยมีสมาชิกพระราชวงศ์ในยุโรป และเอเชีย เสด็จพระราชดำเนินและเสด็จเข้าร่วมพระราชพิธี ณ พระราชวังหลวง กรุงติราน่า สาธารณรัฐอัลเบเนีย. —- 8 October 2016 – His Royal Highness Prince Leka of Albania married his fiancée Elia Zaharia, many European and Asian Royal Families attended the royal wedding at the Royal Palace in Tirana, Republic of Albania. —- 8 tetor 2016 – Naltësia e Tij Mbretërore Princi Leka i Shqipërisë, u martua me të fejuarën e tij Elia Zaharia, shumë familjet mbretërore evropiane dhe aziatike mori pjesë në dasmën mbretërore në Pallatin Mbretëror në Tiranë, Republika e Shqipërisë. —- Photo: AFP #princeleka #eliazaharia #princesselia #zogu #albania #shqipëria 🇦🇱🇦🇱🇦🇱🇦🇱

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Leka and Elia have been engaged since 2010 and only recently started planning their wedding day.

Elia became a princess in a classic fairytale-esque ballgown adorned with lace.


Top image: AFP Photo/Malton Dibra