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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #61 on: March 07, 2008, 05:17:31 PM »
how lovely, thanks Robert

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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #62 on: March 07, 2008, 06:21:49 PM »
I dare say Prince Leka Junior will be a force in due course!

I visited Albania in '05 and was enchanted by the people and the sheer beauty of the country! It has a unique position within the Balkans and is from what I gathered trying very hard to balance 'progress' with retention of culture! I have to say, of all the countries I have visited and spent time in as a tourist/lone visitor, although I was pretty scared initially in Albania, I met nothing but kindness and support from all I came into contact with!

It is such a fascinating country, particularly as it leads the way in representation of liberalism amongst Muslims and has no issues that I detected with Christians. Albanians seem to be more interested in getting on with surviving, and hospitality and warmth are an integral part of the National Identity! I get so cross when I hear people 'slag' Albanians off, as generations have spent their entire lives trying merely to survive, and now that they can travel beyond their own boarders and welcome other nationals, most are doing all they can to try and understand and be part of the bigger picture! As a lone woman in Albania without any firm contacts,  I think I may say that I saw the real issues and experienced a small dose of what the people are going through, and they certainly have my support totally! They are not all bandits, drug dealers, slave mongers and mafiosi as so many reporters like to write, all that I met in Albania were warm hearted, friendly, genuine and welcoming! Yes, the taxi drivers may try to get a few hundred lek more out of you, but my goodness doesn't the same thing happen in most poor countries.

My lasting impression of Albanians, was their sheer enthusiasm for all things western. They may have a thing about Mercedes Benz cars and Italian clothes, but beneath that they seem to believe that 'they' can show us so called 'Occidentals' what it really is to be 'cross roads' cultural! They know, because they have been through it!

With regard to Leka Junior, I gathered that many Albanians still regard Zog as the father of the country and are very proud of what 'he' achieved, but that now they do not see restoration as a way forward! I had several conversations about this particular topic and argued that if King Leka were restored, he would thereafter be beyond corruption as Head of State etc, and most of those I spoke to agreed on that, but most felt that as others that as their neighbours had continued to reject the ethos of restoration of monarchy, Albania was in no way prepared to even contemplate setting a precedent at that time! Should Prince Leka prove himself an able statesman in years to come, perhaps, he may alter the current perceptions of the people! I do think he has a very good chance to do some very positive good for his country in the long run, whatever his position!




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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #63 on: March 17, 2008, 03:06:36 PM »
Many thanks for your  thoughts. Sadly it seems that monarchy has not led the way forward from communism. I only hope the rise of nationalism in these new states will not turn to new evils. 

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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #64 on: March 23, 2008, 08:43:48 AM »
Anyone have any pics of where the two Queens and Zog are buried?

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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #66 on: October 11, 2009, 04:52:03 PM »
Personally, I see this as rather appropriate, even though he was a pretty shady character.  And, the monarchy itself is widely discredited. It never had total support from the people  to begin with. Still, he was a historical figure in the country's  Independence and early development.  However, I do  hope this does not get those who want a restoration, such as they may be, to get their hopes up.

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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #67 on: June 15, 2010, 06:27:31 AM »
Zog, Leka and Geraldine, 1944 :



Zog and Leka :



Geraldine with Leka :





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Albania and King Zog
« Reply #68 on: February 08, 2011, 02:17:17 PM »
It has been a while since anyone posted on these topics, which is usual for  such an obscur little country. So, I have a now bit to add.
 A new book [2010] A Royal Exile" by Neil Rees has come out. I just received from London, I do not think it is available in the US. For a slight paperback volume,  it has all there is about to say about Zog, Geraldine,  Leka  ans Susan, with brief articles on the history  of Albania,the reign and exile of the royal family and the current efforts or lack thereof from the family. LOTS of pictures.
 Although considered a parvenue and almost a Balkan comedy act,  Zog and his Zoglettes [his sisters] were certainly colourful, to say the least.
 This book is blatantly pro Zog  but has some objectivity. Enough to make it worthwhile if one is interested in the subject.
 Well produced and written,  reasonable price for what it is, 11 + change GBP.
 It actually raises some questions, one of which is "where did all the money come from ?" The Zog tribe lived in fine houses and hotels and even bought a huge estate on Long Island, which was never occupied and ultimately demolished for lack of care. This alone makes fodder to fire over the legend that Zog made off with Albania's treasury.
 Albania is a curious country, one which befits a curious monarch. And Zog with his tribe was curious indeed.

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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #69 on: February 21, 2011, 02:43:52 PM »
This is all very interesting and a bit odd. I first read of King Zog of Albania in a novel called "The Dragonfly Pool", and wondered if he was even real, so strange his name! It does seem like a fairy-tale sort of thing. Sorry if this was mentioned before, but I didn't catch it: did his sisters actually go to Hollywood?
On a light note, I love Geraldine's outfit in those Life photos!  :D

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« Reply #70 on: November 30, 2011, 11:40:49 PM »
King Leka,Zog and Geraldine's son,died on wednesday november 30th 2011 aged 72.He was hospitalised on november 15th due to heart & lung issues.

http://gpdhome.typepad.com/royalblognl_news_summary/2011/11/albania-mourns-death-of-king-leka.html

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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #72 on: November 11, 2012, 02:16:57 PM »
Hi,

They are all attractive women;  but there is no differentiation among them....
I would be hard pressed to tell them apart, even if I'd known them, I think......

As Moslem princesses, whom could they have married?  Into Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt or Saudi Arabia royalty?
Certainly not Turkey, as Albania had fought off the Ottomans for independance;  and the Ottomans were now deposed!

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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #73 on: November 11, 2012, 02:34:15 PM »
Actually Larry, Ottoman princes  could have been an option, even if deposed, but Zog was either too cheap or did just not have it for dower money. They were indeed beautiful ladies, Hollywood style but dim as a dead tree.
 I think those are the reasons no  Moslem princes wanted them. I have several bios on the family and this seems to be the consensus. Euro princes were out of the question, of course.

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Re: King Zog of Albania (and family) & Queen Geraldine
« Reply #74 on: November 11, 2012, 06:40:45 PM »
Hi Robert,

"Dim as a dead tree" - I love it - this, of course, could describe so many people.  Most of the world's population, I dare say!!

Larry