Britain was not unknown to the Albanian royal family. King Zog and his sisters had visited London before, and King Zog's nieces Teri and Danush had been at school in Ascot.
In June 1940 when France was overrun by the Nazis, King Zog and his court fled to England from France, arriving by ship in Plymouth, Devon. From Plymouth they took the train to London and lived at The Ritz Hotel until 1941.
In 1941 they moved briefly to North Ascot in Berkshire. In September 1941 they moved to Parmoor House in Bucks, and King Zog's Ministers were billeted to Lane End nearby.
They spent the rest of the
At each place Queen Geraldine and the Catholic ladies of the court found a Catholic church to attend. Whilst in Britain they took holidays at Portmeirion, Brighton and Frinton-on-Sea.
In January 1946 King Zog and most of his family left from Liverpool to live in Egypt. Members of the Doshishti family stayed behind in England, where some of their descendants
The Ritz Hotel, London
June 1940 - May 1941
The website of the Court of King Zog Research Society
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Queen Geraldine opened a fete here on May 21st, 1945
The royal family left from here to Egypt in 1946.
Lane End (near Parmoor House)
King Zog's Ministers lived here
Princess Adile lived here
Parmoor House, Bucks
Sept 1941 - Jan 1946
Queen Geraldine went to church here
Forest Ridge, Sunninghill
May 1941 - Sept 1941
Heathfield School, Ascot
King Zog's nieces Teri & Danush attended school in the 1930s