Kardam, Prince of Tarnovo

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Prince of Tarnovo
Kardam of bulgaria.jpg
Born(1962-12-02)2 December 1962
Madrid, Spain
Died7 April 2015(2015-04-07) (aged 52)
Madrid, Spain
(m. 1996)
IssueBoris, Prince of Tarnovo
Prince Beltrán
HouseSaxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry
FatherSimeon II of Bulgaria
MotherMargarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela
ReligionBulgarian Orthodoxy

Kardam, Prince of Tarnovo, Duke in Saxony[1] (2 December 1962 – 7 April 2015) was the eldest son of Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife, Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela. Kardam was born after the abolition of the Bulgarian monarchy. As such, it was only by courtesy that he was sometimes styled as if being a crown prince. He was known also as Kardam of Bulgaria and Kardam of Tarnovo, the latter being the title of the heir apparent of the Bulgarian throne.


He was born in Madrid, was baptised into the Eastern Orthodox faith and had a master's degree in Agricultural Economics from Penn State University.

Marriage and issue[edit]

In Madrid, on 11 July 1996, Kardam married Miriam Ungría y López, born in Madrid on 2 September 1963, a gemologist and daughter of Bernardo Ungría y Goiburu, honorary president of the Colegio Heráldico de España y de las Indias and his wife, María del Carmen López y Oleaga, both of Basque descent.

They had two sons, who are first and second, respectively, in the line of succession to the now-defunct Bulgarian throne:[citation needed]

Kardam was the godfather of Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece and Denmark, son of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece.[citation needed]

Car wreck[edit]

On 15 August 2008, Kardam and his wife were involved in a serious car wreck in El Molar, near Madrid. Prince Kardam was taken by helicopter to the Doce de Octubre Hospital, while his wife was taken to the La Paz Hospital. The car they were in crashed into a tree, then turned over just ten metres away from a nearby house.[citation needed]

Kardam suffered severe brain-skull trauma and severe injuries to his hands, while his wife suffered a broken elbow, broken ribs and a collapsed lung. She was treated and released from the hospital on 4 September. Galya Dicheva, a spokeswoman for the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family, confirmed the information about the car wreck and explained that Kardam had undergone surgery in the evening following the wreck. According to doctors at the Doce de Octubre Hospital, Kardam was being kept in an induced coma in August, his hands were paralysed, and reports mentioned that he had lost two fingers.[2][3] A Bulgarian news agency reported that he was released from the hospital in January 2009, was able to stand and communicate, and was recovering at home.[4] About a year after his release from hospital, however, he suffered a critical setback and was re-hospitalised. He remained in a coma until his death on 7 April 2015.[5]

In May 2010, Bulgarian authorities issued a summons to the comatose Kardam over issues relating to the management of property returned to him, to his father and to his aunt (as heirs to Kings Ferdinand and Boris III) by the post-communist government. Former King and Prime Minister Simeon II and his sister Princess Maria Louisa objected to the summons on the grounds that Kardam was incapacitated.[6]


Prince Kardam died of a lung infection in a hospital in Madrid on 7 April 2015, aged 52.[7] After an Eastern Orthodox funeral, he was buried at Saint Isidore Cemetery in Madrid.


Dynastic honours[edit]

Honours of the former Bulgarian royal family:



  1. ^ Biography HRH Prince Kardam of Tuarnovo Archived 15 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine – Official website of H.M. King Simeon II
  2. ^ "Bulgarian prince in coma after Madrid car crash". In.reuters.com. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Bulgarian Prince Kardam kept in artificial coma". Novinite.com. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Bulgaria Prince Kardam Out of Hospital with Improved Health Condition". Novinite.com. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Bulgaria Prince Kardam Deteriorates Year and Half after Hellish Crash". Novinite.com. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Sofia Court Summons Comatose Bulgarian Prince Kardam". Novinite.com. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Kardam, son of Bulgaria's last king, dies at 52". Sofia Globe. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
Kardam, Prince of Tarnovo
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 2 December 1962
Bulgarian royalty
Title last held by
Simeon II of Bulgaria
Prince of Tarnovo
Succeeded by