126. A UNIQUE DESTINY: THE LAST TSAR OF BULGARIA, PRIME MINISTER OF A REPUBLIC
Sunday 26th June 12:15 (60 Min)
Smith & Williamson Tent
During World War II, most of Europe's last monarchies collapsed. Under Tsar Boris III, Bulgaria had been a reluctant ally of Hitler's Germany, refusing to send troops to fight the Soviets and resisting the Holocaust. But after Boris died in 1943, the Red Army entered the country, and communists executed much of the royal family and sent the boy-tsar, Simeon II, into exile. In 2001, Simeon was elected prime minister of Bulgaria in a landslide that swept out the country's two major parties. In this event, unique to CVHF, Simeon will discuss with Tim Bouverie his extraordinary life from his tumultuous childhood and exile to his eventual return after which he negotiated Bulgaria's entry to NATO.