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Simeon Saxe Coburg Gotha

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Predecessor  Boris III
Deputy  Nikolay Vasilev
Name  Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Classify Simeon SaxeCoburgGotha

Reign  28 August 1943 – 15 September 1946
Successor  Vasil Kolarov (Acting President)
Regent  See listPrince Kiril, Bogdan Filov and Nikola Mikhov(28 August 1943 – 9 September 1944)Todor Pavlov, Venelin Ganev and Tsvetko Boboshevski(9 September 1944 – 15 September 1946)
In office  24 July 2001 – 17 August 2005
Role  Former Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Spouse  Queen Margarita of Bulgaria (m. 1962)
Education  Valley Forge Military Academy and College
Children  Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, Princess Kalina of Bulgaria
Parents  Boris III of Bulgaria, Giovanna of Italy
Siblings  Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria
Similar People  Kardam - Prince of Turnovo, Boris III of Bulgaria, Queen Margarita of Bulgaria, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Princess Kalina of Bulgaria

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Simeon Borisov Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (or Sakskoburggotski) (born 16 June 1937) is the last reigning Bulgarian monarch and later served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005. During his reign as Simeon II, King (or Tsar) of Bulgaria, from 1943 to 1946 he was a minor, the royal authority being exercised over the kingdom on his behalf by a regency. The regents were Simeon's uncle Prince Kiril, General Nikola Mihov and the prime minister, Bogdan Filov. In 1946 the monarchy was abolished as a consequence of a referendum, and Simeon was forced into exile. He returned to his home country in 1996 and formed the political party National Movement for Stability and Progress (NMSP) and became Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria from July 2001 until August 2005. In the next elections he, as a leader of NMSP, took part in a coalition government with the ex-communist party BSP, and in 2009 after NMSP failed to win any seats in the Parliament, he left politics.


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Simeon is one of the three last living heads of state from the time of World War II (the others are former King Michael I of Romania and Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet), the only living person who has borne the title "Tsar", and one of only two former monarchs in history to have become the head of government through democratic elections (the other is the now-deceased Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia).

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Royal history

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Simeon was born to Boris III and Giovanna of Italy. Following his birth, Boris III sent an air force officer to the River Jordan to obtain water for Simeon's baptism in the Orthodox faith. He became tsar on 28 August 1943 on the death of his father, who had just returned to Bulgaria from a meeting with Adolf Hitler. Since Tsar Simeon was only six years old when he ascended the throne, his uncle Prince Kyril, Prime Minister Bogdan Filov, and Lt. General Nikola Mikhov of the Bulgarian Army were appointed regents.

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Under his father, Bulgaria had reluctantly joined the Axis powers in World War II but had managed to preserve diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. Still, on 5 September 1944 Stalin declared war on Bulgaria and three days later the Red Army entered the country without encountering resistance. On the next day, 9 September 1944, Prince Kyril and the other regents were deposed by a Soviet-backed coup and arrested. The three regents, all members of the last three governments, Parliament deputies, heads of the army and eminent journalists were executed by the Communists in February 1945.

Towards exile

The royal family (Queen Giovanna, Simeon II, and his sister Maria-Louisa) remained at Vrana Palace near Sofia, while three new regents were appointed (Todor Pavlov, Venelin Ganev and Tsvetko Boboshevski). On 15 September 1946, a referendum was held in the presence of the Soviet army. It resulted in a 97% approval for republic and abolition of the monarchy, and the boy Tsar Simeon was forced to abdicate. For the first time since the first Caesar took power in 27 B.C., there was no longer anywhere in Europe a ruler calling himself Caesar/Czar/Tsar and claiming to derive his authority from Rome.

On 16 September 1946, the royal family was exiled from Bulgaria. Simeon II has never signed any abdication papers—neither at that moment when he was nine years old and his legal capacity to sign such an instrument would be questionable in any event, nor at any time later. The royal family first went to Alexandria, Egypt, where Queen Giovanna's father Vittorio Emanuele III, King of Italy, lived in exile. There, Simeon II finished Victoria College (along with Crown Prince Leka of Albania). In July 1951, General Franco's dictatorship in Spain granted asylum to the family.

Education and business career

In Madrid, Simeon studied at the Lycée Français, but did not graduate. On 16 June 1955, upon turning 18, in accordance with the Tarnovo Constitution Simeon II read his proclamation to the Bulgarian people as the Tsar of Bulgaria, confirming his will to be king of all Bulgarians and follow the principles of the Tarnovo Constitution and free Bulgaria. In 1958, he enrolled at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in the United States, where he was known as "Cadet Rylski No. 6883", and graduated as a second lieutenant. Once again in Spain (between 1959 and 1962), Simeon studied law and business administration.

He became a businessman. For thirteen years, he was chairman of the Spanish subsidiary of Thomson, a French defence and electronics group. He was also an adviser in the banking, hotel, electronics, and catering sectors.

Monarch in exile

Simeon issued several political declarations during his exile through his "chancellery" in Madrid directed at the Communist regime in Bulgaria and his exiled compatriots. His early attempts at forming an official government in exile did not come to fruition, however.

Marriage and issue

On 21 January 1962, Simeon married a Spanish aristocrat, Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela. The couple have had five children – four sons (Kardam, Kiril, Kubrat and Konstantin) and a daughter, Kalina, all of whom subsequently married Spaniards. All of his sons received names of Bulgarian kings, his daughter has a Bulgarian name, although only two of his eleven grandchildren have Bulgarian names (Boris and Sofia).

  • Kardam (1962 - 7 April 2015) married Miriam de Ungría y López. They had two sons, Boris and Beltran.
  • Kiril (born 1964) married María del Rosario Nadal y Fuster-Puigdórfila. They have two daughters, Mafalda and Olimpia, and one son, Tassilo.
  • Kubrat (born 1965) married Carla María de la Soledad Royo-Villanova y Urrestarazu. They have three sons: Mirko, Lukás and Tirso.
  • Konstantin-Assen (born 1967) married María García de la Rasilla y Gortázar. They have twins, Umberto and Sofia.
  • Kalina (born 1972) married Antonio José "Kitín" Muñoz y Valcárcel. They have one son, Simeon Hassan Muñoz.
  • Political return

    In 1990, just months after the fall of communism, Simeon was issued a new Bulgarian passport. In 1996, fifty years after the abolition of the monarchy, Simeon returned to Bulgaria and was met in many places by crowds cheering: "We want our King!" He did not, at that point, make any political announcements or moves. However, these monarchist sentiments gradually disappeared after his premiership and specifically during his coalition as a leader of NMSP with the ex-Communist Party, together with changing of generations; since today the majority of voters were born after the fall of the monarchy.

    Various estates in Bulgaria that had been nationalised during the Communist era were returned to Simeon and his family. In 2001, Simeon, who had by this time taken the name Simeon Borisov Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, announced he would return to Bulgaria to form a new political party, the National Movement Simeon II (NMSII) (later renamed to NMSP), dedicated to "reforms and political integrity." Simeon promised that in 800 days the Bulgarian people would feel tangible positive effects of his government and would enjoy significantly higher standards of living.

    Prime Minister

    For details on his cabinet, see: Sakskoburggotski Government

    NMSP won a large victory in the parliamentary elections held on 17 June 2001, capturing 120 of the 240 seats in Parliament and defeating the two main pre-existing political parties. Simeon gave an oath as Prime Minister of Bulgaria on 24 July, forming a coalition with the ethnic Turkish party, Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF). He gave ministerial positions in his government mainly to technocrats and Western-educated economic specialists. In 2002, his efforts were recognized by his receiving the 2002 Path to Peace Award from the Path to Peace Foundation. During his time in power, Bulgaria joined the EU and NATO.

    In the 2005 elections, Simeon's party ranked second and participated in the grand coalition government led by the Bulgarian Socialist Party and including the Movement for Rights and Freedoms. Simeon II was given the unofficial ceremonial post of Chairman of the Coalition Council.

    The party got just 3.01% of votes and no seats at the parliamentary elections of 2009. Shortly after, on 6 July, Simeon also resigned as NMSP leader.

    Views on restoration of the Bulgarian monarchy

    Simeon II has never formally renounced his claim to the Bulgarian throne. He used the title "Tsar of the Bulgarians" in his political statements during his exile. Since his return to Bulgaria, however, Simeon has consistently declined to reveal his views on the restoration of the Bulgarian monarchy, notwithstanding the name of his party. Upon taking office as prime minister, he took an oath to protect the country's republican constitution.


    Simeon II wrote an autobiography in French under the title Simeon II de Bulgarie, un destin singulier that was released in Bulgaria on 28 October 2014. It was first presented at the headquarters of the UNESCO in Paris on 22 October 2014.

    Heir to the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry

    After the death of his distant cousin Prince Johannes Heinrich of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in April 2010 and due to the exclusion of the late prince's uncle Philipp Josias Maria Joseph Ignatius Michael Gabriel Raphael Gonzaga (Walterskirchen, 18 August 1901 – 31 December 1994) children and descendants from his morganatic marriage with Sarah Aurelia Halasz, Simeon became the Head of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry, former Magnates of Hungary, and heir to the castles of Čabraď and Sv. Anton, both in modern-day Slovakia. In early 2012, he nominally ceded his rights (and those of his children) to the headship of the princely house of Koháry to his sister Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria. In a statement published on its website on 1 May 2015, the Bulgarian Patriarchy announced that Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha will be referred to as king of Bulgaria in all public and private services held in the dioceses of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.


    Sakskoburggotski turned 80 years old on June 16, 2017. If he lives to December 31, 2024, he will become the longest-lived head of state in Bulgarian history at 87 years, 198 days, surpassing Ferdinand I who holds the current record at 87 years, and 197 days when he died on September 10, 1948.

    Titles, styles, honours and awards

  • 16 June 1937 – 28 August 1943: His Royal Highness Prince Simeon of Bulgaria, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony
  • 28 August 1943 – 15 September 1946: His Majesty The King of the Bulgarians
  • 15 September 1946 – 24 July 2001: Mr Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
  • 24 July 2001 – 17 August 2005: His Excellency Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
  • 17 August 2005 – present: Mr Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
  • 15 September 1946 — present (in pretense): His Majesty The King of the Bulgarians
  • National dynastic honours

  • House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry: Sovereign Knight Grand Cross with Chain of the Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius
  • House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry: Sovereign Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Royal Order of Saint Alexander
  • House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry: Sovereign Knight Grand Cross with Chain of the Royal Order of Bravery
  • House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry: Sovereign Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Civil Merit
  • House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry: Sovereign Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Military Merit
  • House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry: Sovereign Knight of the National Order of Labour
  • House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry: Sovereign Knight of the Order of 9 September 1944
  • House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry: Sovereign Knight of the Order of People's Freedom
  • House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Koháry: Sovereign recipient of the Coming of age Medal of King Simeon II
  • National state honours

  •  Bulgaria: Grand Cross of the Order of Stara Planina
  • Bulgarian Ministry of Defence: Collar of the Order of Justice
  • Foreign honours

  • Albanian Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Fidelity, Special Class
  •  Belgium: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II
  • France
  • Orléans-French Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Saint Lazarus
  •  France: Grand Officer of the Order of the Legion of Honour
  • Greek Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Redeemer
  • Italian Royal Family: Knight Grand Collar of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation
  •   Vatican: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre
  •  Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Bailiff Knight Grand Cross of Justice of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 1st Class
  • Calabrian Royal Family of Two Sicilies: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Januarius
  • Calabrian Royal Family of Two Sicilies: Knight Grand Cross of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
  • Parmese Ducal Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross of the Parmese Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
  •  Jordan: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence
  • Russian Imperial Family: Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Imperial Order of St. Andrew
  •  Spain: 1, 192nd Knight with Collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece
  •  Spain: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III
  •  Sweden: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
  • National awards

  •  Bulgaria: Honorary degree of the National Guards Unit of Bulgaria
  •  Bulgaria: Jubilee badge of honour of the Bulgarian Chitalishte community
  • Foreign awards

  •  European Union: Paneuropean Union integration award
  •  Romania: Honorary degree of the University of Bucharest
  • National patronages

  •  Bulgaria: Patron of the National day of Bulgaria
  • Foreign patronages

  •  Slovakia: Patron of restoration of the Statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Divina, realised out under auspices of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Slovakia (2017).
  • References

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