The Albanian authorities let him in, but after close inspection of the royal passport, declared it invalid and threw him out again after just a few hours. Zogu's father, King Zog, had been Albania's first and as it turned out last royal ruler having, inas plain Ahmet Muhtar Zogolli, a wealthy Muslim landowner, led a coup d'etat that toppled the government.
Four years later, inZogolli crowned himself King Zog of the Albanians.
Although his court was compared with Prinz leka von albanien dating camper flights of fancy seen in Ruritanian operettas, Zog is now considered something of a moderniser who introduced education and language reforms and freedom of worship.
But his reign was cut short in April when Mussolini's troops marched in and the royal family — recently enlarged by the arrival of baby Leka — fled to London, where they occupied Prinz leka von albanien dating of the third floor of the Ritz Hotel. The family remained in exile after the war and throughout the s. Following Zog's death inAlbanian monarchists and some sections of the media routinely referred to the defunct king's son as King Leka I, even though Albania's post-war communist rulers had abolished the monarchy in He was named Crown Prince Skander and his birth was celebrated with a gun salute, but within 48 hours Mussolini's men had invaded.
When the bombs began to fall Zog urged his people to "fight to the last drop of blood to defend our independence"; the royal family, meanwhile, headed for the Greek border.
As well as his newborn son, Zog took his six sisters, three nephews and two nieces, along with a strong retinue of courtiers, advisers and bodyguards. The hour journey was a bumpy one, over terrible roads, but eventually the royal party arrived at Salonika, where they were granted temporary refuge in a hospital, and the infant Leka could be properly cared for.
semi-conscious mother had to be stretchered into a hotel.
Both mother and child survived, despite doom-laden reports about their health. As soon as they were recovered the jumpy Greek government urged them to move on.
The family journeyed on to Egypt, then to the south of France. After the Nazi invasion of France inZog took his family to Bordeaux to catch one of the last boats bound for Britain. In the rush to escape, some of the royal luggage fell overboard.
They lived, first, at the Ritz and then, inat Sunninghill near Ascot, and later at Parmoor House in the Chilterns. After the war they lived in Egypt as guests of King Farouk until Farouk himself was overthrown inwhen they moved to Paris.
Zogu was educated in Egypt, Switzerland and France and graduated from the military academy at Sandhurst with an erect military bearing and fluent English with only the hint of an accent.
He then studied Economics and Political Science at the Sorbonne. Infollowing Zog's death, he was formally proclaimed King of Albania and, at a ceremony in a Parisian hotel, swore the oath of allegiance. It was a businesslike occasion: At its conclusion, he returned to his villa in a Paris suburb. Moving to Spain, he a became commodities broker in Madrid untilbut after what was described as an arms cache was found in his home, the government asked him to leave.
Zogu and family headed for southern Africa, but during a refuelling stop in Gabon their aircraft was surrounded by local troops, said to have been hired to capture him by the Albanian government. The soldiers backed off when Zogu appeared at the aircraft door armed with a bazooka. In Zogu returned for a second time to Albania, following the collapse of government-backed pyramid investment schemes in which many Albanians lost their life savings. Prinz leka von albanien dating President Sali Berisha under severe pressure, a referendum was held on whether the monarchy should be restored.
In the event, only 30 per cent voted in favour. Brandishing an Uzi gun and a pistol, and clad in camouflage fatigues, Zogu led a crowd of armed protesters outside the main elections building, claiming the results had been manipulated.
After a shoot-out with police, in which one protester was killed and several wounded, Zogu fled Albania on a private jet. A court in Tirana sentenced Prinz leka von albanien dating in absentia to three years in prison on charges of organising an armed uprising.
An appeal court later reduced the charge to possession of illegal firearms. Albania's president pardoned him in and the country's parliament approved a resolution supporting his return. Zogu's family was given back some of its old royal properties and granted diplomatic passports. Zogu's son, also named Leka, has since served as an adviser to several Albanian governments. Zogu finally settled in Albania inleading a quiet life with his Australian wife and son but never relinquishing his claim to the throne.
The royal family's official website listed his interests as "arms, shooting, reading and history". When he returned to Albania in Junehe brought with him 11 cases of automatic weapons, grenades and hunting arms, which the authorities promptly seized.
But the weapons were returned to the family six years later after Albania's government deemed them items of cultural heritage. Their son survives him. Populist Right-wing former Mayor of Toronto whose drunken antics scandalised his Prinz leka von albanien dating citizens. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Sunday 18 November Leka I Zogu Leka I Zogu, who has died aged 72, was the self-proclaimed heir to the Albanian throne but never ruled the Balkan state, having been forced into exile as a two-day old baby and only returning when he was well into middle age.
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