House of Zogu
|House of Zogu|
1 September 1928 (as a royal house)
|Final ruler||Zog of Albania|
|Current head||Prince Leka of Albania|
The House of Zogu is a European dynasty founded by Zogu Pasha who migrated to Mati, Albania in the late 15th century and was then appointed Governor of Mati by the Ottoman Sultan, with the position of Governor then becoming hereditary among the Zogu clan. The ancestral home of the Zogus was Castle Burgajet.
The most famous member of the dynasty is Zog I, Skanderbeg III, 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. King Zog's son was Leka, Crown Prince of Albania, known as King Leka I.
Prince Leka, the current head of the royal house, 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. After him there are the following male members of the Zogu family who are currently living who could also become heir:
- Xhemal Pasha Zogu (1860-1911)
- Albanian Royal Court official website
- Maison Royale d’Albanie, website of the House of Zogu, in French.
- Defunct Albanian Royal Family official website
- Niget, Florian (5 December 2012). "Chantilly : à 79 ans, il peut devenir roi d’Albanie". Le Parisien. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
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