Happy Birthday to Tsaritsa (Queen) Margarita of Bulgaria, who turns 82 today. The consort of the exiled Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria, Queen Margarita is the daughter of Spanish aristocrats who were executed during the Spanish Civil War. She married Simeon in 1962, in Lausanne, Switzerland, and had five children. Simeon and Margarita finally returned to Bulgaria in 1996, and the former Tsar was even appointed Prime Minister from 2001 to 2005. Tsar Simeon and Tsaritsa Margarita currently reside in the grounds of his childhood home, Vrana Palace in Sofia. To celebrate her birthday, we will take a look at the tiaras worn by Tsaritsa Margarita.
The Köchert Tiara, composed of sapphires, rubies and emeralds set in diamonds, was a wedding gift from Prince (later Tsar) Ferdinand of Bulgaria to Princess Marie Louise of Parma in 1893. Princess Marie Louise wore the Tiara frequently in official portraits and a painting until her early death in 1899. The Köchert Tiara was next worn by Princess Giovanna of Italy, when she married Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria, son of Ferdinand and Marie Louise, in 1930. Queen Giovanna wore the Tiara at her wedding, for official events throughout her husband’s reign (which ended at his mysterious death days after meeting with Hitler in 1943), as well as events after the her son’s exile in 1946, and in a portrait. She lent the Tiara to her daughter, Princess Marie Louise, when she married Prince Karl of Leiningen in 1957. Queen Margarita wore the Köchert Tiara at her Wedding in 1962 as well as a ball in the 1960s. The Köchert Tiara is still owned by the Tsar and Tsaritsa, but is said to be in delicate condition, as it was unable to be loaned to a Bulgarian museum for display.
Queen Giovanna’s Pearl Tiara
The Pearl and Diamond Tiara, given to Queen Giovanna as a wedding gift in 1930, was worn by her in an official portrait. Queen Margarita wore the tiara at the wedding of Grand Duke Frederick of Württemberg in 1993. It was also worn by Doña Carla María de la Soledad Royo-Villanova y Urrestarazu in 1993, when she married Kubrat, Prince of Panagyurishte, third son of Simeon and Margarita. Queen Giovanna’s Pearl Tiara was worn by Doña Miriam de Ungría y López when she married Kardam, Prince of Tarnovo, eldest son and heir of the Tsar, in 1996. Unfortunately, the Prince of Tarnovo died in 2015, after being in a coma on/off for almost 7 years.
Another wedding gift from Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria to Princess Marie Louise of Parma was this diadem of leaves and flowers set with brilliants. The tiara was worn by Queen Giovanna in an official portrait. Queen Margarita wore the floral tiara to a Greek Royal event and another event in the 1960s. The tiara was worn by Doña María del Rosario Nadal when she married the second son of Simeon and Margarita, Kyril, Prince of Preslav in 1989.
Diamond Scroll Tiara
This diamond scroll tiara was worn by Queen Margarita to an event in the 1960s. It was also worn by Doña María García de la Rasilla y Gortázar when she married Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin, the fourth son of Tsar Simeon and Tsaritsa Margarita, in 1994.
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Thanks to Ursula from Royal Magazin for providing the information and images.