Neil Rees

Neil Rees

On 19th September the Anglo-Albanian Association resumed events’ season with an illustrated talk entitled “King Zog in Exile”, held at the Embassy of Albania.

The speaker, Neil Rees, is the author of “A Royal Exile – King Zog and Queen Geraldine of Albania including their wartime exile in the Thames Valley and Chilterns”, published in 2010.

Neil is from Buckinghamshire and has always had a keen interest in local history. When he discovered that King Zog had lived in exile not far from his home, he felt compelled to research the story, interviewing many people including King Zog’s son, Leka.

King Zog’s exile resulted from the invasion of Albania by Mussolini’s forces on 7 April 1939, two days after the birth of Crown Prince Leka. The Royal Family fled Albania and made their way to London, where they first took up residence in the Ritz Hotel.

In 1941 they moved to Parmoor House in Buckinghamshire. They remained in England until 1946, when King Zog accepted an invitation from King Farouk to move to Egypt; in the mid-50s they moved to France, where King Zog died in 1961.

Next year Anglo-Albanian Association are planning an excursion to Parmoor House.