Friday, January 29, 2010

Zog confirms his betrothal to half-American countess

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January 29, 1938

King Zog of Albania will "inform" his Parliament in a special session that "he plans to give his country a Queen of American blood" by marrying Countess Geraldine Apponyi.

The official confirmation came as Albania's press service "announced that the Parliament had been summoned in accordance with the Constitution for the announcement," according to the Associated Press.

Countess Geraldine, 22, is the daughter of the former Gladys Virginia Stewart of New York, who was married in Geneva on July 29, 1914, to Count Julius Nagy-Apponyi, a member of a distinguished Hungarian noble family.

The bride-to-be's uncles, Counts Charles and Louis Apponyi, and her younger sister, Mme. Virginia Debagi, are already in Tirana "for the announcement of the engagement."

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