Bulgarian Orthodox Church includes blessing for Saxe-Coburg as ‘Tsar of Bulgarians’ in liturgies

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, has decided to include a blessing for Simeon Saxe-Coburg as “His Majesty Simeon II, Tsar of the Bulgarians” in public and private worship.

The proposal was made to the Holy Synod by Nikolai, Metropolitan of Plovdiv.

Born in 1937, Saxe-Coburg became king of Bulgaria in 1943 after the sudden death of his father, Boris III.

Because he was a minor, there was a regency of three. On the communist takeover in Bulgaria at the end of World War 2, a “People’s Court” process was initiated which led to thousands of deaths, including the execution of the regents.

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(Simeon Saxe-Coburg. Photo: Christophe Olinger)