Monday, October 22, 2012

On October 22

On this day in ...
... 2002 (10 years ago today), in Tirana, Géraldine Margit Virginia Olga Mária Apponyi de Nagyappony died, 87 years after her birth in Budapest, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the daughter of a Hungarian count and an American millionaire. From the time of her 1938 marriage to King Zog I, she preferred to be known as Queen Geraldine of the Albanians (left). (photo credit) The couple were deposed a year later when the Italians invaded (notwithstanding the couple's seemingly good relations with Mussolini), and they lived in exile for decades thereafter -- indeed, Zog died in exile, and Geraldina was permitted to return to Albania only in mid-2002, less than a half-year before her death.

(Prior October 22 posts  are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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