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Dua Lipa celebrates 110 years of Albanian independence as she poses with national flag

Proud: And on Monday, Dua Lipa, 26, celebrated Albania's 110 years of independence by posing with the national flag and gushing over her status as the country's 'new citizen'.

On Sunday, she was granted Albanian citizenship for her role in spreading Albanian fame internationally through her music.

And on Monday, 26-year-old Dua Lipa celebrated Albania’s 110 years of independence by posing with the national flag and gushing about her status as the country’s “new citizen”.

The pop star – who was born in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled conflict and political instability in the Balkans – took to Instagram to share snaps of herself before wrapping up her Future Nostalgia tour in Tirana’s main Skanderbeg Square.

Proud: And on Monday, Dua Lipa, 26, celebrated Albania's 110 years of independence by posing with the national flag and gushing over her status as the country's 'new citizen'.

Proud: And on Monday, Dua Lipa, 26, celebrated Albania’s 110 years of independence by posing with the national flag and gushing over her status as the country’s ‘new citizen’.

Dua looked stunning in a plunging black ribbed halter dress and matching cardigan.

The New Rules hitmaker paired her midi dress with opaque black tights and a pair of bright red heels, to perfectly match the Albanian flag.

Dua wrote: ‘110 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE so happy to be in Tirana, Albania ~ as a new citizen to perform for all of you tonight ~ THE FINAL FUTURE NOSTALGIA SHOW menxi po pres me ju paaaa!!!! !!!!!!! !!

New citizen: The pop star - born in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents - took to Instagram to share snaps of herself on the special day.

New citizen: The pop star – born in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents – took to Instagram to share snaps of herself on the special day.

The celebrations took place a day after Dua was granted Albanian citizenship for her role in spreading Albanians international fame through her music.

She took to her Instagram to mark the achievement, writing, “Thank you President Bajram Begaj and Mayor @erionveliaj for this honor ~ I got my Albanian citizenship!!”

President Bajram Begaj said he considered it an honor to grant citizenship because Dua made Albanians famous around the world.

Divine: The New Rules hitmaker paired her midi dress with opaque black tights

Divine: The New Rules hitmaker paired her midi dress with opaque black tights

Dua was born in London in 1995 to Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled conflict and political instability in the Balkans.

She attended a small public elementary school and got her first taste of the stage by taking classes on Saturdays at the famous Sylvia Young acting school.

After spending a few years in Pristina after her father’s job as a marketing manager brought them back to her native Kosovo, Dua bravely decided to return to the UK alone at the age of 14 in pursuit of her dreams of pop stardom.

In 2014, after earning 4 A-Levels at a sixth form college for girls in Camden, the talented teenager signed with Warner Bros. Records.

Now, just eight years later, she’s toured the world with a No. 1 album, won three Grammy Awards and six Brit Awards.

Heritage: The singer was born in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled conflict and political instability in the Balkans

Heritage: The singer was born in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled conflict and political instability in the Balkans

Dua, who says she feels both Kosovar and British, co-founded the Sunny Hill Foundation with her father Dukagjin Lipa, who now runs the Bucharest-based agency Republika Communications.

The Foundation has given €100,000 to charities and cultural events in Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, and organizes the Sunny Hill Festival, which was presented by Dua Lipa in 2018.

Speaking to Line Of Best Fit, she said: “I’m very proud to be from both places and feel like I represent both places.

“In Kosovo, the second you do something and make these moves around the world, you are instantly a key person there.

“So if someone says ‘oh, where is Kosovo? people say “it’s between Italy and Greece, but Rita Ora is from there, Dua Lipa is from there”.

What a moment: The Break My Heart hitmaker proudly smiled at the Albanian flag

What a moment: The Break My Heart hitmaker proudly smiled at the Albanian flag

“They start talking about it and it’s something you become proud of. You immediately feel responsible for the image you convey and the way you represent your place.

“We want to give people a sense of belonging, of European life and the idea that we are part of Europe,” Dukagjin told the Observer ahead of the opening of Sunny Hill Festival.

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“It’s the best way to promote Kosovo as a peace-loving and music-loving country that welcomes all our neighbors and all visitors who want to have fun.”

Humble beginnings: Born in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled conflict and political instability in the Balkans, Dua fulfilled a childhood dream: to become a star.

Humble beginnings: Born in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled conflict and political instability in the Balkans, Dua fulfilled a childhood dream: to become a star.

Young star: Dua got her first taste of the stage while attending Saturday classes at the famous Sylvia Young acting school.  Pictured as a young girl

Young star: Dua got her first taste of the stage while attending Saturday classes at the famous Sylvia Young acting school. Pictured as a young girl

In August 2022, Dua was appointed Honorary Ambassador of Kosovo in a ceremony at the President’s office in Pristina.

Sharing footage from the event on her Instagram at the time, the pop star wrote: “Yesterday afternoon I was awarded the title of Honorary Ambassador of Kosovo by our Madam President.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to represent my country all over the world and to continue my work and my efforts on a global scale to see that we leave our mark and make a difference.

“The youth of Kosovo deserve the right to visa liberalisation, the freedom to travel and to dream big. Thanks.’

‘An honor and a privilege’: Dua Lipa was appointed honorary ambassador of Kosovo during a ceremony at the president’s office in Pristina in August 2022

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