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The crown of Skanderbeg, believed to have been created for the medieval king in the 15th century, was smuggled out of Albania by members of the Kastrioti family following the occupation of Albania by the Ottoman Empire. The crown eventually found its way into the collections of the Habsburg dynasty (via an Italian noble family) and currently resides in the Schatzkammer in Vienna, Austria. In 1931, King Zog of Albania made a rare foreign tour and visited Vienna in an unsuccessful attempt to repatriate the crown, presumably for a future coronation (he considered giving himself the regnal name “Skanderbeg III”). Several replicas exist in Albania, most notably at Kruja Castle.
Prince Leka (II) of Albania (Leka Anwar Zog Reza Baudouin Msiziwe Zogu, born March 26, 1982, Sandton, South Africa) is the only child of Leka, Crown Prince of Albania and the late Susan Cullen-Ward. Prince Leka is an official at the Albanian Ministry of Interior and in the past has served at the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The prince is referred by some Albanian monarchists as Crown Prince Leka II, since they consider his father Leka I as King of the Albanians. In May 2010, the Prince was engaged to Elia Zaharia
Leka, Crown Prince of Albania (Leka I Zogu) (born 5 April 1939, the Royal Palace, Tirana), is the only son of King Zog of Albania and his queen, Géraldine Apponyi de Nagyappony. He was called Crown Prince Skander at birth. Leka is pretender to the Albanian throne and is referred to as King Leka I by Albanian monarchists and some members of the media.