Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Princess Miriam of Bulgaria marries Prince Ghazi of Jordan

 


HRH Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed of Jordan, a first cousin to King Abdullah II was married on September 3in Amman to HRH Princess Miriam of Bulgaria, the widow of the HRH Prince Crown Kardam of Bulgaria, Prince of Turnovo (1962-2015).


A gemologist by profession, HRH Princess Miriam was born  Miriam Ungría y López on September 2 1963 in Madrid to Bernardo Ungría y Goiburu and María del Carmen López y Oleaga. She married Crown Prince Kardam on July 11, 1996 at St. Andrey and St. Dimitar Orthodox Church in Madrid.   Miriam, who was raised Roman Catholic, converted to the Eastern Orthodox faith after her marriage.

Kardam and Miriam were involved in a car accident on August 15, 2008.  The princess recovered from her injuries, but Crown Prince Kardam suffered major brain injuries and fell into a coma.  He died on April 7, 2015. 


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The Crown Prince and Princess had two sons:  HRH Prince Boris of Bulgaria, Prince of Turnovo (1997) and HRH Prince Beltran of Bulgaria (1999).

Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad is the son of Prince Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan and his first wife, Princess Firyal. He was born in Amman on October 15, 1966.   His first marriage in 1997 to Areej Zawawi was dissolved by divorce last year.  They have four children:  Princess Tasneem, Prince Abdullah, Princess Jennah, and Princess Salsabeel.

The prince has a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Ph.Ds from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) and  Al-Azhar University, College of Usul al-Din in Cair

The official announcement was made shortly after the wedding:  

"The Royal Hashemite Court is pleased to announce the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and Her Royal Highness Princess Miriam, Princess of Turnovo, on Saturday, 3 September 2022, in the presence of His Majesty King Abdullah II.

Their Royal Highnesses Prince El Hassan bin Talal and Prince Talal bin Muhammad attended the marriage ceremony.

The Royal Hashemite Court extends its sincere congratulations to His Majesty on this occasion, and wishes Their Royal Highnesses Prince Ghazi and Princess Miriam Ghazi a lifetime of happiness."

Earlier today,  King Simeon's office issued a statement about the wedding.

ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2022, IN THE CITY OF AMMAN, IN THE PRESENCE OF THE KING OF THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN ABDULLAH II, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS MIRIAM MARRIED HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE GHAZI BIN MOHAMMED

The Royal Court of Jordan issued an official statement:

"Their Highnesses Prince El Hassan bin Halal and Prince Talal bin Mohammed attended the ceremony. The Hashemite Royal Family wishes Their Royal Highnesses Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed and Princess Miriam Ghazi a long and happy life”

After the long painful period during the illness of Prince Kardam and his subsequent death, the Bulgarian Royal Family rejoices at this wedding. Even more so considering the friendship between the two families.

Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed was born in Amman on October 15, 1966. He was the son of Prince Mohaved bin Talal (1940–2021) and his first wife Princess Feriyal (born 1945 as Irshaid). His uncle is the late King Hussein of Jordan, making him a first cousin of the current monarch, King Abdullah II.

The prince graduated from the prestigious "Harrow" high school in London, and then graduated from Princeton,  one of the most prestigious universities in the world, "Preston". He and Prince Kyril {Simeon's second son] were roommates at Princeton. 

The prince has served as King Abdullah II's chief adviser on religious and cultural matters and the king's special envoy. He was also its regent.

Princess Miriam retains her Orthodox faith even after her wedding.

Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed has been a friend of the Royal Family for many years. After the death of Prince Kardam, on his initiative, a stone commemorative plaque was placed in the memory of the Prince on the bank of the Jordan River. This was one of Prince Kardam's favorite places in the Holy Land." 

@King Simeon


The day before her wedding Princess Miriam and her two sons visited the memorial to Crown Prince Kardam, which is on the bank of the Jordan River.   The princess was celebrating her 59th birthday.




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