House of Zogu

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House of Zogu
Coat of arms of the Albanian Kingdom (1928–1939).svg
Country Albania Albanian Kingdom
Founded 15th century
1 September 1928 (as a royal house)
Founder Zogu Pasha
Final ruler Zog of Albania
Current head Prince Leka of Albania
Dissolution 1939

The House of Zogu is an Albanian dynasty founded in the late 15th century. The family provided the short-lived modern Kingdom of Albania with its only monarch, Zog of Albania (1928-1939).


The dynasty was 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.

The current head of the dynasty is Prince Leka of Albania, the son of Leka, Crown Prince of Albania (d. 2011). Leks 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.[1] After him there are the following male members of the Zogu family who are currently living who could also become heir:

See also

External links


  • Patrice Najbor, Histoire de l'Albanie et de sa maison royale (5 volumes), JePublie, Paris, 2008, (ISBN 978-2-9532382-0-4).
  • Patrice Najbor, la dynastye des Zogu, Textes & Prétextes, Paris, 2002


  1. Niget, Florian (5 December 2012). "Chantilly : à 79 ans, il peut devenir roi d'Albanie". Le Parisien. Retrieved 19 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>