Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Zog joins Geraldine and infant son in Greece
King Zog of Albania is now in Florina, Greece, and has been united with his wife, Geraldine, and their infant son.
Albania's capital, Tirana, is now under the occupation of Italian soldiers.
The royal couple will stay in Greece until Queen Geraldine has regained her strength. It has been reported by the Chicago Daily Tribune and other newspapers that the Albanian couple plan to live abroad. It has also been reported that the king has a "nest egg" of about $160,000, which is said to be Albania's entire gold reserve. The Queen is said to be strong enough to travel, but will not be able to walk for several weeks, according to her doctor.
Zog urged his people to fight to "their last drop of blood" for Albania.
The Queen gave an interview to a London newspaper, where she said that she hoped the world would be "shocked" by Italy's aggression toward Albania. The story was dictated to her grandmother, "who repeated it by telephone to London." The queen said she left her husband "leading his troops into battle," but there was little he could do against "such armed might." She said she wanted to stay in Tirana and pleaded with Zog to allow her to stay. But he ordered her to leave, and a fleet of cars, including an ambulance, was in the palace courtyard. The queen and her two day old son rode in the ambulance.