Skender Zogu

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Skënder Zogu
Born (1933-06-03) 3 June 1933 (age 91)
Davos, Switzerland
House Zogu
Father Prince Xhelal Zogu
Mother Faika Minxhalliu

Skënder Zogu (born 3 June 1933) is an Albanian author and member of the House of Zogu. As the son of Prince Xhelal Zogu, he is second in the line of succession to the former Albanian throne after his first cousin once removed, Leka, Crown Prince of Albania.

Biography[edit]

Zogu was born to Prince Xhelal Zogu (half-brother of Zog I of Albania) and Faika Minxhalliu on 3 June 1933 in Davos, Switzerland.[1] He studied at the Huddersfield College of Technology, which later became the University of Huddersfield. During his time at university, he was the vice president and then president of the Student Union.[2] After graduating with a degree in Textile and Color Chemistry, Zogu worker for a period of time for Francolor.[2] He went on to work as a textile sales manager at KVK Danemark.

On 9 April 1961, Zogu was present when Zog I of Albania died while in exile at Hôpital Foch in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Zogu organized the funeral, which was held two days later.[3] Zogu recounts his uncle dying in a memoir released in 2017.[4] The book, which has a translated title of A life in the service of the Albanian nation - memories of exile, was given a positive review by writer Roland Qafoku. Qafoku wrote, "The book has an unprecedented gallery of characters. With the good, the bad, the positive and the negative, Skender Zogu in fact, in this book, has brought out their best sides... The story of the royal family and the Zog kingdom itself would be incomplete without this book!"[4] Sprint News stated the book was "A brilliant example of approaching the truth... Skender Zogu writes with simplicity and truth about the experiences of the time."[5] The book received positive reviews from other sources as well.[6] The book was released in English in 2020.

On 10 November 1962, Zogu married to French national Jacqueline Cosme. Together they had a daughter, Virginie Alexandra Geraldine Zogu, born 25 January 1963 in Compiègne, France.[7] Virginie married Mr. Raphaël de Urresti, who was born 1959.[8]

From 1980 until 1995 Zogu was the head of the Albanian Royal Court in exile Press Office. In 1993, he returned to Albania after living in exile for 54 years.[9]

On 16 November 2012, Zogu joined Ambassador Ylljet Aliçka to repatriate the remains of Zog I from France to Albania, where he was placed in the royal family mausoleum.[10]

Zogu is known for protecting the legacy of the royal family members. In 2017, Zogu criticized Albanian politician Alfred Peza who had written disparaging comments about the royal family. Zogu stated Peza "was a man without culture and without character" who had no chance of meeting the royal family or entering the palace.[11] In 2018, he defended the former king against statements Zog I did not know how to write in Albanian.[12][13]

Zogu retired in 1999.[9] As of 2019, he lives in Chantilly, France.[2] He is active in the Legality Movement Party, a conservative monarchist party in Albania.[14]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Zogu, Skender. Një jetë në shërbim të kombit shqiptar-kujtime mërgimi[15] (translated: A life in the service of the Albanian nation - memories of exile).

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2016 Channel One: Debati ne Channel One Self [16]

Dynastic honours[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Historie de l'Albanie et de sa Maison Royale 1443-2007 by Dr. Patrice Najbor[18] (translated: The History of Albania and its Royal Family 1443-2007)

Ancestry[edit]

8. Xhelal Pasha Zogolli
4. Xhemal Pasha Zogu
9. Ruhije Alltuni
2. Prince Xhelal Zogu
5. Melek Zogu
1. Skënder Zogu
3. Faika Minxhalliu

References[edit]

  1. Almanach de Gotha: Annual Genealogical Reference. 2004. p. 18. ISBN 9780953214259.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Zhana, Elona (7 July 2019). "Skender Zogu, një jetë në shërbim të kombit" (in Albanian). Tha. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. "Zog, dernier roi des Albanais, a quitté le cimetière parisien" (in French). Le Parisien. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Qafoku, Roland (15 January 2018). "HISTORITË ME PIKANTE/Libri që kthjellon për të gjithë oborrin e mbretit Zog" (in Albanian). Droni.ai. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  5. "NGA GUXIM ALIMANI/ SKËNDER ZOGU-HISTORIA QË VJEN E PA RETUSHUAR!" (in Albanian). Sprint. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  6. Alimani, Guxim (17 December 2017). "Skënder Zogu - Histori pa pranga!" (in Albanian). Bota Sot. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  7. Dedet, Joséphine (2016). Géraldine: Egy magyar nő Albánia trónján. Europa Publishing House. ISBN 9789634052814. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  8. Shehu, Ferid (30 August 2018). "Një jetë në shërbim të kombit, Kujtime mërgimi" (in Albanian). Mediat Shqiptare. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Chantilly : à 79 ans, il peut devenir roi d'Albanie" (in French). Le Parisien. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  10. Burimi, Genc; Kutra, Artan. "L'Albanie complète une partie du puzzle de son histoire en rapatriant la dépouille du roi Zog 1er" (in French). RFI. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  11. "Nipi i Zogut, përgjigje për Pezën, a ka pasur flirt të komunistit në pallatin mbretëror" (in Albanian). Droni.ai. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  12. Lumezi, Aristir (24 December 2018). ""Mbreti nuk dinte të shkruante në shqip", Skënder Zogu polemizon me Ilir Demalinë: Çmenduri…" (in Albanian). Panorama. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  13. ""Mbreti nuk dinte të shkruante në shqip", Skënder Zogu polemizon me Ilir Demalinë" (in Albanian). VOAL: Voice of Albanians. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  14. "Kreu i ri i PLL: Nuk do e lidhim më fatin me Partinë Demokratike" (in Albanian). Tema Online. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  15. "Goditja e ambasadës shqiptare në Paris, Hasan Luçi akuzon për terrorizëm Skënder Zogun" (in Albanian). Shqiperiajone. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  16. "Dëshmitari i fundit i familjes mbretërore/Zogu: Më mirë një Shqiëpri me Enver Hoxhën se sa unë të bashkëpuoj me Titon dhe serbët" (in Albanian). CNA. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  17. "Orders Ceremony". Albanian Royal Family - Official Website. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  18. Najbor, Patrice. Historie de l'Albanie et de sa Maison Royale 1443-2007 (in French). Je publie.