Vidi I
King of the Albanians
Reign 1 September 1928 – 7 April 1939
Successor Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
Prince of Albania
Reign 7 March 1914 – 1 September 1928
Spouse Princess Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg
Princess Donika of Albania
Crown Prince Skënder of Albania
House House of Wied-Neuwied
Father William, Prince of Wied
Mother Princess Marie of the Netherlands
Born 26 March 1876
Neuwied, Prussia, Germany Flag of the German Empire.svg
Died 18 April 1945 (aged 69)
Predeal, Romania Flag of Romania.svg
Religion Protestant

Vidi I born Prince William of Wied (German: Wilhelm Friedrich Heinrich, Albanian: Princ Vidi or Princ Vilhelm Vidi, 26 March 1876 – 18 April 1945), reigned as sovereign of the Principality of Albania as Prince from 7 March 1914 to 3 September 1914, when he left for exile until 28 January 1920. Outside the country and in diplomatic correspondence, he was styled "sovereign prince", but in Albania, he was referred to as mbret, or king. He was also styled Skanderbeg II, in homage to Skanderbeg, the national hero.

His was proclaimed King of the Albanians on 1 September 1928 when the country was declared a kingdom. He went into exile for the second and last time in 1939, when Italy invaded Albania and transformed it into an Italian dependency. Vidi I died in exile six years later, in Romania.

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Monarchical styles of
Vidi I of Albania
Coat of arms of the Albanian Kingdom (1928–1939).svg
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sir
  • 26 March 1876 – 7 March 1914: His Serene Highness Prince William of Wied
  • 7 March 1914 – 1 September 1928: His Highness The Prince of Albania
  • 1 September 1928 – 7 April 1939: His Majesty The King of the Albanians
  • 7 April 1939 – 18 April 1945: His Majesty King Vidi I of Albania
Vidi I of Albania
Born: 26 March 1876 1876 Died: 18 April 1945
Royal titles
New title King of the Albanians
1 September 1928 – 7 April 1939
Succeeded by
Victor Emmanuel III
(Italian occupation)
Preceded by
Fejzi Bej Alizoti
as Chairman of the Central Government
Prince of Albania
7 March 1914 – 3 September 1914
Succeeded by
Qamil Musa Haxhi Feza
as Chairman of the Administrative Commission
Preceded by
Turhan Përmeti
as Chairman of the Provisional Government
Prince of Albania
28 January 1920 – 1 September 1928
Succeeded by
as King of the Albanians
Titles in pretence
New title Prince of Albania
3 September 1914 – 28 January 1920
Monarchy restored
Loss of title
King of the Albanians
7 April 1939 – 18 April 1945
Succeeded by
Crown Prince Skënder
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