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Leka I, King of Albania

Leka I, King of Albania

Male 1939 - 2011  (72 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name Leka I 
    Suffix King of Albania 
    Born 5 Apr 1939  Albania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Weakened Queen Flees To Safety With Newborn Son.
    Weakened Queen Flees To Safety With Newborn Son.
    The San Bernardino County (California) Sun, Saturday, April 8, 1939 page 1.
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As He was called Crown Prince Skander at birth. 
    Biographical Information 1967 
    In 1967 Leka I presented President Reagan (then governor of California) with a baby elephant. 
    Governor's Elephant Puts its Worst Foot Forward.
    Governor's Elephant Puts its Worst Foot Forward.
    Independent-Journal, San Francisco, California, Saturday, November 11, 1967 page 2.
    Occupation Pretender to the Albanian throne. 
    Prince 22 Becomes Albania Pretender.
    Prince 22 Becomes Albania Pretender.
    The Bridgeport (Connecticut) Post, Sunday, April 16, 1961 section B, page 19.
    King Leka Plans Revolution.
    King Leka Plans Revolution.
    Gazette and Telegraph, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Wednesday, July 28, 1976, section A, page 11.
    Exiled King Returns.
    Exiled King Returns.
    The Indiana Gazette, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Sunday, April 13, 1997, section A, page 6.
    Young Leka I with his mother - My 8th cousin 3 times removed.
    Young Leka I with his mother - My 8th cousin 3 times removed.
    Leka, the Crown Prince of Albania was only two days old when his family went into exile because Mussolini's militia had invaded Albania. He was pretender to the Albanian throne and was referred to as King Leka I by Albanian monarchists and some members of the media.

    King Zog died in 1961 and, Leka was proclaimed King of the Albanians by a convened Albanian National Assembly-in-Exile.

    Purring Albanian civil war of 1997 a referendum was held to restore monarchy. The King questioned the integrity of the election. When the police intervened, gunfire broke out and, one person was killed Leka fled. He was tried in absentia, for sedition and, sentenced to three years imprisonment.

    He was pardoned in March 2002 and, 72 members of Parliament asked the royal family to return.
    Died 30 Nov 2011  Albania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID I23741  Nagel
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2016 

    Father Zog I, King of the Albanians,   b. 8 Oct 1895, Albania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1961, Paris, Īle-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Geraldine Apponyi,   b. 6 Aug 1915, Budapest, Hungary Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 2002, Albania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 27 Apr 1938  Albania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    King Zog Engaged.
    King Zog Engaged.
    Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico) March 11, 1938, page nine.
    A King To Marry Tomorrow.
    A King To Marry Tomorrow.
    The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, Tuesday, April 26, 1938 page 3.
    King Zog Will Marry Today.
    King Zog Will Marry Today.
    The Danville Morning News, Danville, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, April 27, 1938, page one.
    King Zog I Wedding.
    King Zog I Wedding.
    King Zog I Wedding.
    Family ID F7715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan Cullen-Ward,   b. 28 Jan 1941, Waverley, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 2004, Albania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married Apr 1938 
    King Leka I Plans to Wed.
    King Leka I Plans to Wed.
    The Sun, San Bernardino County, California, Saturday, May 24, 1975 Section A, page 2.
    Children 
     1. Leka II,   b. 26 Mar 1982, Johannesburg, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2016 
    Family ID F9144  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart