First Lady of Albania

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First Lady of Albania
Incumbent
Odeta Nishani

since 24 July 2012
Style Mrs. Nishani
Residence Presidential Palace of Tirana
Inaugural holder Liri Berisha (de facto)
Formation 30 April 1991
Website First Lady of Albania

The First Lady of Albania (Albanian: Zonja e Parë) is the unofficial title of the spouse of the sitting President of Albania.

History[edit]

The Royal Consorts of Albania were the spouses of the Albanian Monarchs. They used the titles Queen of the Albanians, Queen of Albania, Princess of Albania, Lady of the Kingdom of Albania, etc.

Donika Kastrioti, engraving from 1596

On 21 April 1451 in an Eastern Orthodox Ardenica Monastery, George Kastrioti Skanderbeg married Donika Kastrioti, daughter of Gjergj Arianiti, one of the most influential Albanian noblemen.

On 28 November 1912, Albania declared its independence, Ismail Qemali's wife Greek Kleoniqi Sumerli was dead before he became the first Head and Prime Minister of Albania.[1]

Princess Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg

The Principality of Albania was established on February 21, 1914 the consort of Prince William of Wied, Princess Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg became the Princess of Albania. Outside the country and in diplomatic correspondence, she was styled "Princess Consort", but in Albania he was referred to as Mbretëreshë, or Queen.

On 27 April 1938 Géraldine Apponyi de Nagyappony married the King Zog I and became the Queen consort of the Albanians from 27 April 1938 to 7 April 1939.

In 1939 after Italian invasion of Albania, the royal wife of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and Albania, Elena of Montenegro became the Queen of Albania from 16 April 1939 to 8 September 1943.

Role of the First Lady[edit]

The first lady is not an elected position, carries no official duties and brings no salary. Nonetheless, she participates in humanitarian and charitable work. Furthermore, many have taken an active role in campaigning for the president with whom they are associated. She accompanies the President in state and official visits abroad.

Incidents[edit]

In April 2005 during the Funeral of Pope John Paul II the Prime Minister Fatos Nano tried to replace the President's daughter Mirela Moisiu with his new wife, Xhoana Nano. Prime Minister Nano tried to usurp for his wife the First Lady title, forcing members of the Council of Ministers to sign a white document.[2]

First Ladies of Albania (1991–present)[edit]

Number Name Term Begins Term Ends President of Albania
1st Office vacant (Alia' wife, Semiramis Alia was dead) 30 April 1991 3 April 1992 Ramiz Alia
2nd Liri Berisha 9 April 1992 24 July 1997 Sali Berisha
3rd Lidra Meidani 24 July 1997 24 July 2002 Rexhep Meidani
4th Rubena and Mirela Moisiu (daughters took the office, Milica Moisiu was dead) 24 July 2002 24 July 2007 Alfred Moisiu
5th Teuta Topi 24 July 2007 24 July 2012 Bamir Topi
6th Odeta Nishani 24 July 2012 Incumbent Bujar Nishani

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