Sunday, December 4, 2011

Albanians Bury Their King

To their credit (and it's very rare that I give republican governments any credit), the Albanian authorities ensured that their rightful sovereign was laid to rest in Tirana with an official ceremony worthy of a king, declaring Saturday declared a day of mourning, with flags flown at half-mast and the ceremony broadcast live on national television. Leka I has been buried like a king; hopefully one day his son and heir Leka II will be acknowledged as a king while he lives!


Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who finds republican "acknowledgments" of their rightful sovereigns such as the recent events in Albania, Romania, and Montenegro somewhat insulting? As if they think monarchists will be satisfied with tokens like letting the king address Parliament or hiring him as some kind of cultural promoter?

Theodore Harvey said...

Well, no, I see your point, but it does seem like there is more genuine respect for the monarchy among Albanian politicans than among, say, Greek politicians.

MadMonarchist said...

I've never been a big fan of the Zogs. There is a great deal about their rise and fall most seem unaware of. That being said, I would prefer them to the republic and I hope their restoration is successful. It seems at the moment they have become coalition partners and come to an accomodation with the current government. I hope they get more in return for this as, when it comes to dealing with republicans, "compromise" usually means we get a parade and they get a republic.