Symeon II Sakskoburggotski

An astonishment a day- 
drives your depression away...


"Live like a Simeon Baby".

When young Simeon was born, the successor to the throne, son of Tsar Boris III from the German princes family of Sachsen-Koburg-Gotha, and the Italian Princess Joanna, daughter of King Victor Emanuel III (1907 - 2000), everyone was overjoyed. A national holiday was announced, which was celebrated in quite a peculiar fashion. A stamp was issued for the occasion, an amnesty was announced for prisoners, which was widely used by many rulers, but the amnesty also extended to all students of Bulgarian schools. Everyone had all of their bad marks changed and all were upgraded. And this is how, Tsar Simeon II, already as a newborn entered into the history of education. As one would expect for a baby King, he was guaranteed luxurious surroundings, and even today in Bulgaria one talks about the fortunate "living like a Simeon baby".. 
After this, things turned less fortunate. Tsar Boris III died (he befriended Hitler, but when he took a stand, he paid for it with his life..). The new Tsar was announced to be Simeon II, who was at the time 6 years old, to rule with the help of the Regents Council. When Soviet marionettes took power, the leadership was taken from the child King. The King, along with his mother, escaped to Spain where things seemed to go reasonably well. 
But the time of the pro-Soviet rulers was also to come to an end, and Tsar Simeon became a normal, but quite wealthy citizen of the Bulgarian Republic adopting the tongue twisting name of Simeon II Sakskoburggotski. Even the palaces taken over after the war were returned to him.. And after various political adventures, the King, after over half a century, returned to power in his own country as the Prime Minister of the reconstructed Bulgaria and the leader of the political party of "The National Movement of Simeon II".  
He is the only Prime Minister who as a child was awarded the honour of appearing on a postage stamp. Others had to fight for this for years, and event then it was not a very common occurence. 

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(C) (selected from publications of 
 R. Antoszewski

Titirangi, Auckland, 
New Zeland

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