Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia 

Since the beginning of this week, Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia of the Albanians have been visiting areas of their country which were struck by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Monday, 25 November. This was the strongest earthquake to hit the country in forty years: so far, officials state that fifty people were killed, and over 900 people were injured. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Mamuras, in the northwest of Albania; tremors of the quake were felt in Tirana, where the couple live. The coastal city of Durrës (Durazzo) and its residents have been particularly affected by damage that the earthquake left in its wake.

Crown Princess Elia with fellow Albanians affected by the earthquake
When the earthquake first occurred, the crown princely couple issued the following statement:

In the wake of the devastating earthquake which hit Albania, we express our sincere condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during this night of terror. 

Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims, and for the safety of those who are still in danger under the rubble. 

This is time for solidarity, to help the victims of this horrific earthquake which shook our land. 

We are grateful to all states and institutions which are assisting us during this time of emergency and despair. 

Special appreciation goes to Kosova for their brotherly support. God help us, let us pray not to relive such terror!

Leka and Elia of the Albanians

Since then, Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia have continued to go to those parts of Albania which were most strongly hit by the earthquake. They are also asking for all who are so inclined to donate to relief efforts.

Leka and Elia of the Albanians with relief workers and law enforcement personnel

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