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Zog I, King of the Albanians - Husband of my 7th cousin 4 times removed.
Zog I, King of the Albanians - Husband of my 7th cousin 4 times removed.
Under President Zogu Albania was a police state. Civil liberties were suppressed. The press was limited as to what could be reported and, political opponents were murdered. The constitution gave Zogu sweeping executive and legislative powers, including the right to appoint one-third of the upper house. He held all governing power in the nation.

On September 1, 1928, Albania was transformed into a kingdom. President Zogu became Zog I, King of the Albanians. He chose to take his regal name from his surname rather than his Islamic first name in an attempt to better fit into Europe.

He survived so many assassination attempts that it's difficult to come up with an accurate number. On 7 April 1939, just two days after Zog's son and heir apparent was born, Mussolini's Italian Army invaded, facing no significant resistance. The Royal Family fled to London to live in exile. They took with them a considerable amount of gold from the National Bank.

Albania's Communist government abolished the monarchy in 1946, but, even in exile, the royal family insisted that Zog's son Leka Zogu was Albania's legitimate ruler until his death on November 30, 2011. 
 
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Geraldine of Albania - My 7th cousin 4 times removed.
Geraldine of Albania - My 7th cousin 4 times removed.
The Countess Geraldine Apponyi de Nagy-Appony, a Roman Catholic aristocrat who was half-Hungarian and half-American. Through her American mother she was a decedent of colonist Edmund Rice.

Geraldine was introduced to King Zog I in December 1937, after his sister had approached her on behalf of the king, who had seen a photograph of her. Within days they were engaged to be married. She became known as the "White Rose of Hungary" and, took the title Princess Geraldine of Albania prior to her wedding.

They were exiled when the country was invaded and the communist banned the monarchy. She died at the age of 87 still asserting that her son Leka was the legitimate king of Albania. 
 
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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. 
 
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Albanian Prince Leka II - My 9th cousin two times removed.
Albanian Prince Leka II - My 9th cousin two times removed.
At the time of his birth, the South African government declared his maternity ward temporarily Albanian territory to ensure that Leka was born on Albanian soil.

Prince Leka has taken and active leadership role in the Albanian government. He served as Minister of Interior, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Adviser to the President. Since the death of his father the prince has been referred by many Albanian monarchists as King Leka II.