January 28, 1941- Birth of Susan Cullen-Ward, wife of King Leka I of Albania, pretender to the Albanian throne, in Waverley, Sydney, Australia
Susan was born in the Sydney suburb of Waverley, a daughter of Alan Robert Cullen-Ward and his wife, the former Phyllis Dorothea Murray-Prior. She was first married to Richard Williams from 1965 to 1970.
Susan Cullen-Ward met Crown Prince Leka, the only child of King Zog I of Albania, at a dinner party in Sydney. In 1975, they married in a civil ceremony in Biarritz, France. The couple were later married in a religious ceremony in Madrid.
She lived a turbulent life after marrying Leka, as they moved from one country to another, having no permanent residence or fixed point of reference. In the first few years of their marriage, the couple lived in Spain. They later settled in Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe). After a falling out with the government of Robert Mugabe, the couple moved again, this time to South Africa where their son, Leka, was born in 1982. She also had a stillborn daughter while resident in Rhodesia.
The Crown Princess of Albania died of lung cancer on 17 July 2004 in Tirana, Albania. After her death, she lay in state in a chapel outside Tirana. #albanianroyalty #albanianroyals #susancullenward #crownprincessofalbania #crownprinceleka #crownprincelekaii #zogi #royals #royalty #europeanroyals #europeanroyalty