Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Happy birthday to one of my favorite Princesses


Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection

Today is the 88th birthday of HRH Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria. 

There was "great rejoicing" when Queen Giovanna gave birth to a daughter in Sofia on January 13, 1933.  This was the first of two children for Giovanna, the daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy, and King Boris of Bulgaria.

The Italian Princess married the Bulgarian sovereign at the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, in Assisi, Italy, on October 25, 1930.   King Boris died on August 28, 1943, and was succeeded by his six-year-old son, Simeon.  

A referendum on the monarchy was held on September 15, 1947.  Soviet troops were present throughout the country reminding Bulgarians that they had little choice but to vote for the communists.   Ninety-seven percent voted for the abolition of the monarchy.  The following day,  Queen Giovanna and her two children went into exile.  

Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection

Princess Marie Louise will be celebrating her birthday at her home in New Jersey with her second husband, Bronislaw Chrobok.   No doubt there will be birthday messages from her children and grandchildren.  The Princess is the mother of four children, Prince Hermann and Prince Boris of Leiningen, the sons of her first marriage to Prince Karl of Leiningen, and Pavel and Alexandra Chrobok, who live in Toronto, New Jersey, San Francisco, and Portugal, respectively.

Have a wonderful birthday!!!!

The wedding of Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen, Washington, D.C., September 8, 2012  photo by Marlene A Eilers Koenig

1 comment:

Bulgaria fan said...

Such nice article of a not very known princess. I was under the impression her children from her second marriage are Princes Kohary, no?