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The House of Zogu, or Zogolli until 1992, is an Albanian dynasty founded in the early 20th century. The family provided the short-lived modern Kingdom of Albania with its only monarch, Zog I of Albania (1928–1939).

House of Zogu
Coat of arms of the Albanian Kingdom (1928–1939).svg
CountryAlbania Albanian Kingdom
Founded20th century
1 September 1928 (as a royal house)
FounderKing Zog I
Current headCrown Prince Leka II
Titles
Estate(s)Burgajet Castle, Mati
Dissolution1939
Websitewww.albanianroyalcourt.al

HistoryEdit

The dynasty was founded by Zogu Pasha who migrated to Mati, Albania in the early 20th century.

The most famous member of the dynasty is Zog I, who in 1928 was proclaimed King of the Albanians and ruled until he was deposed by Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and the Italian invasion in 1939. Victor Emmanuel subsequently assumed the Albanian throne.

With the death in exile of King Zog in 1961 he was succeeded as claimant to the throne and head of the House of Zogu by his only son Leka, Crown Prince of Albania (born 1939), who was proclaimed King of the Albanians by the Albanian National Assembly in exile.[1] King Leka remained head of the house and claimant to the throne until his death in 2011 when he was succeeded by his only son, Leka II.

Leka has no sons and is the only living descendant of King Zog. The current heir presumptive to Prince Leka is Skënder Zogu, his 1st cousin once removed.[2] After him there are the following male members of the Zogu family who are currently living who could also become heir:

Situation as of 2012Edit

Crown Prince Leka II, the only living descendant of King Zog I and the head of the royal house as of 2012, has no sons. The current heir presumptive to Prince Leka is Skënder Zogu, his first-cousin once removed.[3] After him the following currently living male members of the Zogu family could also become heirs:

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BibliographyEdit

  • Patrice Najbor, Histoire de l'Albanie et de sa maison royale (5 volumes), JePublie, Paris, 2008, (ISBN 978-2-9532382-0-4).
  • Patrice Najbor, la dynastye des Zogu, Textes & Prétextes, Paris, 2002

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (1977). Burke's Royal Families of the World, volume 1: Europe & Latin America. Burke's Peerage. pp. 7–8.
  2. ^ Niget, Florian (5 December 2012). "Chantilly : à 79 ans, il peut devenir roi d'Albanie". Le Parisien. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  3. ^ Niget, Florian (5 December 2012). "Chantilly : à 79 ans, il peut devenir roi d'Albanie". Le Parisien. Retrieved 19 December 2012.