Friday, February 22, 2008

Zog I, King of Albania

King Zog started out as president, but his family had been pashas and beys in Albania since the 15th century.
I posted a picture of his wife, the former Countess Geraldine Apponyi de Nagy-Apponyi recently. Queen Geraldine's mother was an American who was related to both Richard Nixon and Robert Frost.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually, he started as Prime Minister of Albania (1922-1924) before being elected President (1925-1928) by the Constituent Assembly and then assuming the title of "King" in 1928. Like most royals, he worked, fought and schemed his way to the top - much like the scum in the chicken soup that you mentioned in one of your other posts.

Don't get me wrong. I'm British and think the Queen has done a fantastic job (better than any president could have done) but I recognise the reality of how royal families come to their thrones. I may be a royalist but I don't romanticise the clan.