.........The fall of France in the summer of 1940 led to a fresh influx of residents at the hotel and the place was soon full of refugee Royalities, aristocrats and politicians. The most celebrated of these were the Albanian Royal Family and their entourage who arrived at the hotel on 24th June 1940 after a hazardous journey by way of Greece, Turkey, Scandinavia, Holland, France Plymouth and the Great Western Hotel, Paddington. The party consisted of King Zog, his half-American Queen Geraldine, the infant Crown Prince Leka, the King's six sisters, three nephews and two nieces, his American grandmother-in-law, plus an ADC, Chamberlain, Secretary, the Albanian Charge d'Affaires from the Paris Embassy and the famous bodyguards.
Some of the retinue stayed at the Athenaeum Court in Piccadilly but the King and Queen had a third-floor suite overlooking the park and half a dozen bodyguards were billeted in an upper floor.
King Zog was not happy witht the hotel's air-raid shelter; he preferred something more exlusive and the Ritz accordingly converted the ladies' cloakroom for the Albanians' use as a private shelter. When a bomb landed in Piccadilly,making an enormous crater between the Berkeley and the Ritz, most of the Royal Family moved to Chelsea, but King Zog stayed put until the spring of 1941 when Lord Parmoors' house in Buckinghamshire was put at the family's disposal. Max, a waiter at the Ritz, went with the King as his butler.