ALBANIA

The House of Zogu

GENEALOGY

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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 Hereditary Governor 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, appointed as 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, General 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 (Kular i Madh i Shquipëria) on 12th December 1925, and the Order of Skanderbeg (Urdhëri i Skënderbeut) in five classes on 12th December 1925, the Order of Fidelity (Urdhëri Besa) in four classes on 22nd January 1926, and the Order of Bravery and Military Merit (Urdhëri i Trimërisë me Meritë Ushtarak) 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 Josef I with swords of Austria (1918), 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. 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, 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, 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. Sovereign Grand Master of the Orders of Scanderbeg, Fidelity and Bravery. 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 Tirana, 17th July 2004), née Susan Barbara Cullen-Ward, educ. Presbyterian Ladies’ Coll., Orange, New South Wales, and Sydney Technical Coll, former wife of Rick Williams, and daughter of Alan Robert Cullen-Ward, Esq. of Drummoyne, NSW, by his wife, Phyllis Dorothy, daughter of Robert Sterling Murray-Prior, of Hunters Hill, NSW. He had issue, one son (and a stillborn daughter while in Rhodesia):
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