The Greek Royal Family and several members of their extended family and from other royal families came out in full force yesterday in Athens to attend a dinner in honour of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie’s Golden (50th) wedding anniversary. In among those in attendance included the children of the couple and their significant others, the former Tsar of Bulgaria, Simeon II and his wife, Margarita, Queen Sofia (sister of the former Greek King), and Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
“For who could have anticipated that Simeon, who for his great wisdom, for the favour shown him by heaven, has led the Bulgarian nation to a height of glory, who more than any man detests knavery, who honours justice, who abominates injustice, who is above all sensual pleasures.” -Nicholas Mystikos
May 27, 927 -Simeon I the Great, the first Bulgar Emperor, dies in his capital of Preslav. Simeon had led Bulgaria to it’s territorial zenith, occupying most of the Balkans, and becoming the dominant power in Eastern Europe. He also oversaw the Golden Age of Bulgarian culture, ruling during a time of unmatched prosperity for his people, and leading them to victories over all their neighbors, be they Byzantine, Serbs, or Magyar.
Picture- Portrait of tsar Simeon I the Great, D. Giudjenov, 1927
THE SECOND ITEM INSPECTED: A SABER HILT WITHOUT A BLADE, DATING FROM THE TENTH CENTURY.
During the Bulgar dominion of Euxinova, when Ellubecque had yet to be called Elbequond by the Byzantines, and was still known as Albaquadrum — though the Roman fortified camp of that name was long gone — a modest insurrection restored independence from the Tsar Simeon in a manner that would inform Euxinovan political strategy for centuries to come.
It began at a public ceremony, with the Bulgar praefect of the territory receiving a collection of gold as he had the year before. Quite unexpectedly, the man presenting the tribute produced a blade from his robes and slit the magistrate’s throat. At this, other innocuous figures revealed weapons and skills of their own, overcame the Bulgarian guard (who were only slightly superior in numbers and insufficiently surprised out of their indolence), took the city and claimed the contiguous regions as once again sole property of the Moesians, as the Euxinovans still were known. This revolt, as if by design, directly followed a spate of notable colonial investments by the Bulgars, who, considering this fecund valley a satellite to their own kingdom, had by then founded a library, built a royal palace, expanded upon Ellubecque’s burgeoning harbor structures, and added other improvements that would continue to benefit the usurpers.
It seems that the obscure parties who organized the rebellion obtained help from the semi-legendary Moesian bandit clans (still extant from their time of thriving symbiosis with the Roman landed gentry), for the praefect’s assassin is recorded as being the so-called “bandit prince” Rhauminogg. His famous saber bore an inscription on the blade — REQUIRIT FUR SUIS REBUS TUERI — that became a maxim popular among historians and pragmatic nationalists.
(However, that blade is gone, if this artifact is even what the placard beneath it attempts to suggest.)
Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria, who ruled from 1943 to 1946 as a child, and was overthrown after the WWII. In 2001, he was elected Prime Minister of Bulgaria. Simeon is the only monarch to become the head of government through democratic elections in European history.
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, once Tsar Simeon II/ Simeon II of Bulgaria has been the Tsar and Prime Minister of Bulgaria. One title he gained through sucession and the other through elections. He is one of the few monarchs that has been able to hold power through democratic election.
Among his other records, he is the first and only Tsar of Bulgaria and along with Mihail of Romania is one of the only living monarchs that was in power during WWII
Some of the royal guests at the private dinner held in celebration of the official wedding anniversary of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie, which took place at a private dinner at the Yacht Club of Greece in Piraeus, Greece.
Princess Benedikte and Queen Margrethe II
Princess Alexandra Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and her husband, Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
Queen Sofia and her sister, Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark
Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu of Romania
Simeon II of Bulgaria and Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela
Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia
Prince Ernst August of Hanover
Prince Hassan and Princess Princess Sarvath of Jordan