The Balkan monarchs
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Well yes: I did mention the house of Zog in Albania, following my discussion of the Bonapartes and Beauharnais by bringing up the cases of the upstart Balkan dynasties. Because they were native, they had no prior royal ties; but they became royal by acquiring thrones (although in the case of Zog, it was not through some grand military conquest). Nevertheless, they sought to strengthen their claims to royalty through dynastic marriages.
As it was, Zog married only a noblewoman with distant genealogical ties to royalty. But Queen Geraldine (born an Hungarian countess) nevertheless descended from Prince Johann II of Anhalt-Dessau, as well as the famous Catholic monarchs of Spain (i.e. Ferdinand and Isabella). Evidently the wedding of her grandson, Crown Prince Leka II, was a well-attended affair: even a distant relative is still a relative (although one doesn't normally think of a tenth cousin as a cousin). As such, a number of foreign royal houses were represented.
Zog I, King of the Albanians (1895 – 1961), was not born Royal, he was born Ahmet Muhtar Zogolli, taking the surname Zogu in 1922, was the leader of Albania from 1922 to 1939. He first served as Prime Minister of Albania (1922–1924), then as President (1925–1928), and finally as the first and only King (1928–1939).
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