Susan of Albania

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Crown Princess Susan
Crown Princess of Albania
Born (1941-01-28)28 January 1941
Waverley, Sydney, Australia
Died 17 July 2004(2004-07-17) (aged 63)
Tirana, Albania
Burial Royal Mausoleum, Tirana, Albania
Spouse Richard Williams
(m. 1965 – div. 1970)
Crown Prince Leka I of Albania
(m. 1975 – her death)
Issue Crown Prince Leka II of Albania
Father Alan Robert Cullen-Ward
Mother Phyllis Dorothea Murray-Prior

Susan, Crown Princess of Albania (née Cullen-Ward, formerly Williams; 28 January 1941 – 17 July 2004), also known as Susan Barbara Zogu and Queen Susan of the Albanians[1] (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.

Early life[edit]

She 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 a great-great-granddaughter of the politician Thomas Lodge Murray-Prior.

Cullen-Ward grew up on her father's sheep station. She attended Presbyterian Ladies' College at Orange, then Sydney Technical College, before teaching art at a private studio.

She was married to Richard Williams from 1965 to 1970.

Marriage to the Crown Prince of Albania[edit]

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".[2]

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[edit]

Styles of
Susan, Crown Princess of the Albanians
Coat of arms of the Albanian Kingdom (1928–1939).svg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
  • 1941 – 1965: Miss Susan Cullen-Ward
  • 1965 – 1970: Mrs Rick Williams
  • 1970 – 1975: Mrs Susan Williams
  • 1975 – 2004: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Albania
  • 1975 – 2004 (by monarchists): Her Majesty Queen Susan of the Albanians[3]


National Honours



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