Thursday, December 02, 2010

Happy Birthday Your Royal Highness


Bulgaria's Crown Prince Kardam, by custom known as the Prince of Turnovo, may never inherit the throne his father (the former Simeon II) was forced to relinquish in 1946; he could still, however, choose to follow in the footsteps of his father anyway... The deposed Tsar of Bulgaria, under the name Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, subsequently served as Bulgaria's Prime Minister from 2001 to 2005 - a first for Europe*.

His Royal Highness - born on this day in 1962 and shown above in 1997 with his wife Miriam, Princess of Turnovo, and first-born son Prince Boris Turnovski in happier times - was involved in a serious road accident outside Madrid, where they live, in August 2008. As serious as the Princess' injuries were, she was released from hospital less than three weeks later; the Prince, though, suffered a severe head trauma, and was kept in hospital under close observation until January 2009 - at which time he was released. His condition at the time was said to be improving, in that he could then stand unaided and had begun to communicate.

In January 2010, however, the Prince was again hospitalized where he remains comatose to this day...

*Regular readers will remember a similar job swap committed by Cambodia's King Sihanouk.

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