Queen Mother Sadije

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Queen Mother Sadijé
Queen Mother of the Albanians
Born (1876-08-28)28 August 1876
Tirana, Ottoman Empire (now Albania)
Died 25 November 1934(1934-11-25) (aged 58)
Durrës, Albanian Kingdom
Burial Mausoleum of the Albanian Royal Family
Spouse Xhemal Pasha Zogu
Issue King Zog I of Albania
Princess Adilé
Princess Nafijé
Princess Senijé
Princess Myzejen
Princess Ruhijé
Princess Maxhide
Full name
Khanum Sadijé Toptani Zogu
House Toptani family (by born)
House of Zogu (by married)
House House of Zogu
Father Salah Bey Toptani
Mother a Lady of Toptani family
Religion Islam

Queen Mother Sadijé, born as Sadiya Toptani Khanum (Sadijé Hanem) (Albanian: Nëna Mbretëreshë e Shqiptarëve Sadije; Tirana, August 28, 1876 – Durrës, November 25, 1934) was the Queen Mother of the Albanians from September 1928 until her death in 1934. She was the mother of King Zog.


A member of the powerful Toptani family, Sadije was the daughter of Salah Bey Toptani and cousin to Essad Pasha Toptani. She was the second wife of Xhemal Pasha Zogu after the death of his first wife Melek Hanem.

After her son became king in 1928, she was raised to the title Nëna Mbretëreshë e Shqiptarëve, or Queen Mother of the Albanians, with the style of Her Majesty on September 1, 1928, a position she held until her death. She supervised the Royal Kitchen to ensure that her son could not be poisoned. She died in the Royal Compound in Durrës[1] and was buried in Tirana the next day.[2] A royal mausoleum was constructed to house her remains. The building was destroyed by Albanian communist forces on 17 November 1944.


Name Birth Death Spouse Children
Princess Adilé Zogu 25 February 1893 6 February 1952 Major Emin Bey Agolli-Doshishti Prince Salih
Prince Hysen
Prince Sharafidin
Princess Teri
Princess Danush
King Zog I of the Albanians 8 October 1895 9 April 1961 Countess Géraldine Apponyi de Nagyappony Crown Prince Leka
Princess Nafijé Zogu 25 October 1896 21 March 1955 Ceno Bey Kryeziu Tati, Prince of Kosovo
Princess Senijé Zogu 15 November 1903 15 April 1969 Prince Şehzade Mehmed Abid Efendi None
Princess Myzejen Zogu 6 February 1905 10 April 1969 Never married None
Princess Ruhijé Zogu 20 March 1906 31 January 1948 Never married None
Princess Maxhide Zogu 20 March 1907 4 January 1969 Never married None


  1. ^ Shqipenia me 1937 (PDF) (in Albanian), I, Komisioni i Kremtimeve te 25-vjetorit te Vete-qeverrimit, 1937, p. 16, ...e cila nderroi jete ne Banjat e Durresit...translated... who passed away in Durazzo thermal baths... 
  2. ^ Royal Ark


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