tsar simeon i

“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

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Members of several royal families across Europe and the world in attendance at the Te Deum church service marking the King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th birthday today.

  • King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain
  • Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Crown Prince Alois and Crown Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco
  • Tsar Simeon II and Margarita of Bulgaria
  • Princess Takamado of Japan
  • Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine of Serbia
  • Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria
  • Prince Manuel and Princess Anne of Bavaria
  • Prince Hubertus and Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha