ALBANIA

The House of Zogu

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1928 - [1961] H.M. Zog I [Skënderbeg III], King of the Albanians. b. at Burgajet Castle, Mati, 8th October 1895, as Ahmet Muhtar [Ahmad Mukhtar] Bey Zogolli third son of H.E. Jamal [Xhemal] Pasha Zogolli, Hereditary Governor of Mati, by his second wife, H.M. Sadiya Khanum, Queen Mother of the Albanians, daughter of Salah Bey Toptani, educ. privately at Mati, at the Turkish Cadet Sch, Monastir, and Galatasaray Coll, Constantinople. Succeeded his father as Parese i Mat it (hereditary ruler of Mati) and Chief of the Gheg clan 1911, prom Col. 1912, cdr Nationalist Forces under Prince Wilhelm 1914, Presdt Commission of Initiative 1915-1916, prom Col Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Army 1916, cdr  Albanian Volunteer Army in Austro-Hungarian service 1916-1917, detained at Vienna 1917-1918, and Rome 1918-1919, returned to Albania in 1919, Minister for the Interior Mar-Nov. 1920, 1921-1924 and 1925, and for War 1925, Governor of Skutari 1920-1921, Gen and C-in-C of the forces 1921-1922, Prime Minister 1922-1924 and 1925, elected as Presdt of Albania by the Constituent Assembly 21st January 1925. Proclaimed by the Albanian National Assembly at Tirana, as Defender of the Nation (Shpëtimtar i Kombit) 24th December 1927. Proclaimed by the Albanian National Assembly at Tirana, as King of the Albanians (Mbreti i Shqiptarëvet) with the style of His Majesty, 1st September 1928. Took the Oath of Allegiance on the Bible and the Koran, at the Houses of Parliament in Tirana, 1st September 1928. Left the country after the Italians invaded on 8th April 1939. Lived in Exile in Greece, Turkey, England, Egypt, the USA, and France. Field Marshal, Royal Albanian Army, 1/9/1928. Founded the Grand Collar of Albania (Kolar i Shqipnis) on 12th December 1925, and the Orders of Skanderbeg (Urdhëri i Skënderbeut) in four classes on 12th December 1925, Fidelity (Urdhëri Besa) in four classes on 22nd December 1926, and Military Merit (Urdhëri i Trimërisë) in three classes in 1928. Rcvd: Knt of the Orders of the Annunziata of Italy (16.12.1928), and Golden Lion of Luxembourg, the Collar of the Order of Muhammad ‘Ali of Egypt, GC of the Orders of Star of Karageorge of Yugoslavia, SS Maurice & Lazarus of Italy, Legion of Honour of France (1926), Carol I of Rumania with collar (1928), the Redeemer of Greece, Leopold of Belgium (4.11.1929), National Merit of Bulgaria, and the Holy Crown of St Stephen of Hungary (1938), the Order of the White Eagle of Poland, the Order of the White Lion of Czechoslovakia 1st class with collar, Grand Star of the Decoration of Honour for Merit of Austria, Cdr of the Order of Franz Joseph I with swords (x.1.1917), etc. m. at Tirana, 27th April 1938, H.M. Queen Geraldina (b. at Budapest, 6th August 1915; d. at the Military Hospital, Tirana, Albania, 22nd October 2002, bur. there at Sharra Cemetery), née Countess Geraldine Margit Virginia Olga Maria Apponyi de Nagy-Appony, educ. English Sch., Menton and Sacred Heart Convent, Pressbaum, near Vienna, raised to the titles of Princess of Albania (Princësh i Shqiptarë) with the style of Her Highness 10th January 1938, Queen of the Albanians (Mbretëreshë i Shqiptarëvet) with the style of Her Majesty 27th April 1938, and Queen Mother of the Albanians (Nëna Mbretëreshë i Shqiptarëvet) 15th May 1961, rcvd: GC of the Orders of Fidelity of Albania (26.4.1938), elder daughter of Count Gyula Rudolf Fhilipp Ludwig Hermann Roger Maria Apponyi de Nagy-Appony, by his wife, Gladys Virginia, Countess Apponyi de Nagy-Appony (later Mme. Gontrand Girault), daughter of John Henry Steuart, sometime US Consul-General at Antwerp, Belgium. He d. at the Hospital Foch, Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France, 9th April 1961 (bur. Thiais Cemetery, Ille de France, Paris), having had issue, an only son:
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[1961] H.M. Leka I, King of the Albanians. b. at the Royal Palace, Tirana, 5th April 1939, as Prince Leka Skander, only son and heir of H.M. Zog I, King of the Albanians, by his wife, H.M. Queen Geraldina, elder daughter of Count Gyula Rudolf Fhilipp Ludwig Hermann Roger Maria Apponyi de Nagy-Appony, educ. Victoria Coll, Alexandria, Egypt, l’Aiglon Coll, Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland, RMA Sandhurst, and Univ of the Sorbonne, Paris. Formally proclaimed as Heir Apparent to the Crown of Albania and declared Crown Prince (Princi Trashëgimtar), by his father, 5th April 1957. Cmsnd as 2nd-Lieut British Army 1959. Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Albania, 9th April 1961. Proclaimed by the Albanian National Assembly in exile at the Hotel Bristol, Paris, as King of the Albanians and assumed the style of His Majesty, 15th May 1961. He was allowed to return to Albania permanently after an exile lasting sixty-three years, 2002. Sovereign and Grand Master of the Orders of Fidelity, Scanderbeg, and Military Merit, 9th April 1961-30th November 2011. Rcvd: the Grand Collar of Albania (5.4.1957). m. at the Hotel de Ville, Biarritz, France, 7th October 1975 (civil) and at Madrid, Spain (religious), H.M. Queen Suzani (b. at Waverly, New South Wales, Australia, 28th January 1941; d. from lung cancer, at the Military Hospital, Tirana, 17th July 2004, bur. there at Sharra Cemetery), née Susan Barbara Cullen-Ward, educ. Presbyterian Ladies’ Coll, Orange, and Sydney Technical Coll, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, rcvd: GC of the Order of Fidelity of Albania (6.10.1975), former wife of Rick Williams, and daughter of Alan Robert Cullen-Ward, Esq. of Drummoyne, , New South Wales, Australia, by his wife, Phyllis Dorothy, daughter of Robert Sterling Murray-Prior, of Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia. He d. after suffering from several repeated cardiac arrests at the Mother Teresa Hospital, Tirana, 30th November 2011 (bur. there at Sharra Cemetery), having had issue, one son (and a stillborn daughter while in Rhodesia):
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[2011] H.R.H. Prince Leka II, Royal House of Albania. b. as Crown Prince Leka Anwar Zog Reza Baudouin Msiziwe, at Sandton Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa, 26th March 1982, educ. St Peters Prep Sch, St Stithian’s Coll, St Peters Coll, Johannesburg, South Africa, Skenderbeu Albanian Military Acad and Albanian Defence Coll, Tirana, RMA Sandhurst, and Univ di Stranieri, Perugia, and the Royal Univ of Illyria (BA 2010), Italy. Political Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs 2006-2009, and to Minister of Interior 2009-2011. Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Albania, 30th November 2011. Sovereign and Grand Master of the Orders of Fidelity, Scanderbeg, and Military Merit, since 30th November 2011. Founder Youth Movement for National Development. Hon Presdt Brd of Royal Univ of Illyria since 2006. Presdt the Mati Assoc, Fiaba Orphans Soc in Albania, and Albanian Golf Fed. Hon Mbr SOS Avenir Orphelins d’Albanie-France, and the Albanian Olympic Cttee since 2011. Hon Patron The International Cmsnd & Assoc on Royalty and Nobility. Dir Brd of Royal Institution for Security Studies. Engaged to Elia Zaharia (b. at Tirana, 8th February 1983), educ. Arts Lyceum Jordan Misja, National Conservatory, Bordeaux, and the Univ of St Denis, Paris 8, France, Mbr of the “Spirit Voice” singers 1999-2002, later a film actress and drama teacher, daughter of George Zaharia, from Kosova of Permeti, Southern Albania, by his wife, Yllka.
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