Queen Margarita of Bulgaria
|Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela|
|Tsaritsa (consort) of Bulgaria|
|Pretend||21 January 1962 – present|
|Spouse||Simeon II of Bulgaria|
|Father||Manuel Gómez-Acebo y Modet|
|Mother||María de las Mercedes Cejuela y Fernández|
6 January 1935 |
Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela, born on 6 January 1935 in Madrid, Spain, is the consort of Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria, whom she married after his exile. As such, she is also sometimes styled Tsaritsa Margarita; in this context, she may be styled as Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duchess in Saxony, due to her husband's descent from those former ruling families. During her husband's tenure as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, she was sometimes referred as Mrs. Margarita Sakskoburggotska. Since Simeon had been exiled as a child and Bulgaria never returned to being a monarchy, Simeon's wife and children never received any royal titles from Bulgaria.
She is the daughter of Don Manuel Gómez-Acebo y Modet, of the Marquesses de Cortina, and his wife Doña María de las Mercedes Cejuela y Fernández, and paternal granddaughter of the 3rd Marqués of Cortina. Her parents and her maternal grandmother were murdered by the Spanish Republicans in 1936 at the outset of the Spanish Civil War. For that cause she and her only brother José Luis received the Medal of Suffering for the Motherland.
Margarita is a first cousin of the late Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount of La Torre (son of the 9th Marchioness and brother of the 10th Marquess of Deleitosa), the husband of Doña Pilar, Infanta of Spain and 1st Duchess of Badajoz. She is styled by courtesy as Her Majesty Margarita, Queen of the Bulgarians.
The former Tsar and Tsaritsa currently reside in what was Simeon's boyhood home, Vrana Palace, near Sofia. It was returned to them by the Bulgarian Constitutional Court. The property is operated under an agreement with the Municipality of Sofia, which allows the use of part of the estate as a public park; in return, the remainder and residence have reverted to the ownership of the family. The legality of this transaction is disputed by Bulgarian politicians.
Marriage and family
On 21 January 1962, Doña Margarita married Simeon II of Bulgaria, the King of Bulgaria. Simeon and Margarita have five children:
- Prince Kardam, styled HRH The Prince of Turnovo (born 1962); married doña Miriam de Ungría y López styled HRH Princess Miriam of Bulgaria. They have two sons, HRH Prince Boris and HRH Prince Beltran.
- Prince Kyrill, styled HRH The Prince of Preslav (born 1964); married doña María del Rosario Nadal y Fuster-Puigdórfila styled Princess Rosario of Bulgaria. They have two daughters, HRH Princess Mafalda and HRH Princess Olimpia, and one son, HRH Prince Tassilo.
- Prince Kubrat, styled HRH The Prince of Panagiurishte (born 1965). Married doña Carla María de la Soledad Royo-Villanova y Urrestarazu styled HRH Princess Carla of Bulgaria, and have three sons: HRH Prince Mirko, HRH Prince Lukás and HRH Prince Tirso.
- Prince Konstantin-Assen, styled HRH The Prince of Vidin (born 1967). Married doña María García de la Rasilla y Gortázar styled HRH Princess Maria of Bulgaria, and have twins, HRH Prince Umberto and HRH Princess Sofia.
- Princess Kalina, styled HRH The Princess Kalina of Bulgaria (born 1972). Married don Antonio "Kitín" Muñoz y Valcárcel.
Titles and styles
- Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela (1935–1962)
- Her Majesty Margarita, Tsaritsa of the Bulgarians, Duchess of Saxony (1962–present)
- Mrs. Margarita Sakskoburggotska (used in Bulgaria)
- Her Majesty Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians, Duchess of Saxony (used outside of Bulgaria)
- Spain : Medal of Suffering for the Motherland.
- Kingdom of Greece : Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Beneficence (17/09/1964).
- Sovereign Military Order of Malta : Dame of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (27/10/2010)
- Biography H.M. Queen Margarita - Official website of the king (English)
- Wedding of Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling
- Wedding of Constantine of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark
- Margarita Gomez-Acebo and her son Kubrat, members of the Order of Malta – Spanish News website Que.es (in Spanish)