Susan of Albania
|Queen of the Albanians|
28 January 1941
Waverley, New South Wales, Sydney
|Died||17 July 2004 (aged 63)|
|Burial||Mausoleum of the Albanian Royal Family|
(m. 1965; div. 1970)
Leka I, Crown Prince of Albania
|Issue||Leka II, Crown Prince of Albania|
|House||Zogu (by marriage)|
|Father||Alan Robert Cullen-Ward|
|Mother||Phyllis Dorothea Murray-Prior|
Queen Susan of the Albanians (née Susan Cullen-Ward, formerly Williams; 28 January 1941 – 17 July 2004), also known as Susan Barbara Zogu (Albanian: Suzana Zog, Mbretëreshë e Shqiptarëve), was the Australian-born wife of Leka, Crown Prince of Albania.
Her husband, known as King Leka, had been proclaimed King of the Albanians by the anti-communist Albanian government-in-exile in 1961, upon the death of his father King Zog. Meanwhile, Albania itself was a communist republic.
Susan Cullen-Ward was born in the Sydney suburb of Waverley, a daughter of Alan Robert Cullen-Ward and of his wife, the former Phyllis Dorothea Murray-Prior. Susan Cullen-Ward was a great-granddaughter of the Queensland politician Thomas Lodge Murray-Prior (1819-1892).
She was married to Richard Williams from 1965 to 1970.
Marriage to the Crown Prince of Albania
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.
Australian authorities refused to recognise her as a queen but, in a compromise when Andrew Peacock was foreign minister, issued a passport in the name of "Susan Cullen Ward, known as Queen Susan".
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. She is buried next to her mother-in-law, Queen Geraldine, her husband, Prince Leka and his father whose body was reburied in 2012.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
- 1941 – 1965: Miss Susan Cullen-Ward
- 1965 – 1970: Mrs Rick Williams
- 1970 – 1975: Mrs Susan Williams
- 1975 – 2004: Her Majesty Queen Susan of the Albanians
- Albanian royal family genealogy
- "Queen Susan of the Albanians (obituary)". The Daily Telegraph. 21 July 2004. Retrieved 16 May 2008.
- The Age, 19 July 2004 – A royal dream dies
- Obituary, The Scotsman
- "Leka's queen, if not Albania's", The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July 2004
- "Would-be Queen Susan dies uncrowned", The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2004
- "Burke's Royal Families of the World, Vol. I, Europe & Latin America", Burkes Publishing Co., 1977, ISBN 0-85011-029-7
- Histoire de l'Albanie et de sa maison royale (5 volumes), Patrice Najbor – JePublie – Paris – 2008
- La dynastie des Zogu, Patrice Najbor – Textes & Pretextes – Paris – 2002
- Monarkia Shqiptare 1928–1939, Qendra e Studimeve Albanologjike & Instituti i Historisë, Botimet Toana, Tirana, 2011
- Stephens, Tony (19 July 2004). "Would-be Queen Susan dies uncrowned". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- Royal Ark