Parliamentary Assembly session : 31 March - 4 April 2003
Siméon Saxe-Coburg Gotha
Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria
Born on 16 June 1937 in Sofia
Son of King Boris III and Queen Joanna (of the Italian royal family)
28 August 1943
Acceded to the Bulgarian throne as Siméon II.
Bulgaria ruled by his regents.
Forced to leave the country following a referendum. The royal family settled in Alexandria, Egypt
The Spanish government granted the Bulgarian royal family political asylum.
Enrolled at the Victoria-Collège in Alexandria
Completed his secondary studies at the Lycée français in Madrid, then went on to study law and political science in Madrid.
Admitted to Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania; completed his training with the rank of lieutenant.
Public and professional acitivities
Worked on behalf of Bulgarian emigrants worldwide and on behalf of Bulgaria, helping a large number of his fellow countrymen. Has broad international contacts with the business community and has been involved in a wide variety of consultation activities, requiring frequent travel. Takes part in the work of various boards of directors and international organisations.
Returned to Bulgaria after almost 50 years in exile, after which he regularly visited Bulgaria.
The Bulgarian Constitutional Court ruled that his family’s properties should be restored to the family.
Fluent English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Good command of Arabic and Portuguese
Very enthusiastic reader, especially of history books
Hill-walking and cross-country skiing.
Maried to Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela
He has four sons and a daughter