Karda,, the eldest son of King Simeon of Bulgaria, died on April 7, as the result of a car accident in August 2008 from which he never recovered. He was 52 years old.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were among the guesss attending the funeral service. They will be accompanied by Princess Beatrix and Prince Laurentien, all of whom were close friends of the late prince. Princess Beatrix's second son, Prince Johan Friso died in August 2013 at the age of 44, 18 months after being buried in an avalanche. It took more than 20 minutes to dig Friso out, which meant that the prince suffered severe brain damage.
King Felipe V, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia greeted the Dutch royal family when they arrived at the church. Other guests included Infantas Elena and Cristina of Spain, Infanta Margarita of Spain, and her husband, Don Carlos Zurita, and son, Alfonso, Crown Princess Pavlos of Greece Princess Irene of Greece, Princess Cristina of Borbon-Two Sicilies and her husband, Don Pedro López-Quesada y Fernández Urrutia, the Duke and Duchess of Braganza, and Jaime de Marichalar, the former husband of Infanta Elena of Spain.
King Simeon and Queen Margarita arrived arm in arm with Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Kardam's wife, Crown Princess Miriam, and their sons, Prince Boris and Prince Beltran, were seen welcoming the other guests. Kardam's younger siblings, Princes Kyril, Konstantin, Kubrat and Kalina, and their families were also present. Prince Kyril's former wife, Rosario Nadal, also attended.