Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Bulgarian royal family getting ready for exile
August 31, 1946
A "high ranking Bulgarian government official" said tonight that the royal family "is preparing to join the Italian royal family" in exile in Egypt, "in the event the Bulgarian people choose a republic over the monarchy" in the upcoming September 8 plebiscite, the AP reports.
There is a "feeling among the Bulgarian people that the country will become a republic," and the Bulgarian monarchy is "dragging through the last days of the Coburg dynasty."
Queen Mother Giovanna believes that her nine-year-old son, King Simeon II, would lose his throne. The government official told the AP correspondent that the family planning to go into exile included the king, his mother, and his older sister, Princess Marie Louise.
Queen Giovanna is an older sister of the newly exiled King Umberto of Italy.