Kyril, Prince of Preslav

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Prince of Preslav
Nikolai & Prince Kyrill.jpg
Kyril (right) with Nikolai Tolstoy, 1996
Born (1964-07-11) 11 July 1964 (age 56)
Madrid, Francoist Spain
(m. 1989; sep. 2009)
HouseSaxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry
FatherSimeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
MotherMargarita Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Styles of
The Prince of Preslav
Coat of arms of Bulgaria (1927–1946).svg
Reference styleHis Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness

Kyril, Prince of Preslav, Duke in Saxony[1] (born 11 July 1964), also known as Kyril of Saxe-Coburg, is the second son of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005, and Margarita Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

Education and career[edit]

Kyril was born in Madrid, and graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in physics in 1986 after completing a senior thesis titled "Velocity distribution of pulsars: a Monte Carlo simulation."[2]

In 2007, he worked for GLG Partners, the London-based asset management branch of Lehman Brothers.[3][4]

Marriage and family[edit]

Kyril married María del Rosario Nadal y Fuster de Puigdorfila, who goes by Rosario Nadal, on 15 September 1989. Her first cousin, Joaquín-Felipe de Puigdorfila y Esteve is the current Count of Olocau.[citation needed]

The religious ceremony was held at Saint Anne's Chapel, Almudaina Palace, Palma de Mallorca. The Spanish tabloids ¡Hola! and Semana covered the event and reported that there were 400 guests, though only 125 could be accommodated in the chapel for the religious ceremony.[citation needed] According to Majesty magazine at the time, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofía, Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina of Spain, and Felipe VI of Spain attended the occasion.[citation needed]

The couple have three children:

  • Mafalda-Cecilia (born 27 July 1994),
  • Olimpia (born 14 December 1995),
  • Tassilo (born 20 January 2002).

A former model and muse for the fashion designer Valentino Garavani, Rosario Nadal works professionally as an art consultant.[5] In 2007, she wrote an article for Architectural Digest.[6]

In October 2009, it was announced by the Spanish news agency EFE that, according to a report from an anonymous source close to Simeon of Bulgaria, the couple were going to live separately. The source claimed, however, that they don't presently have any plans or intention to divorce.[7]

The couple appeared together at the wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden in June 2010.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On 28 October 1987, Kyril escorted fellow Princeton graduate Brooke Shields to a dinner/fashion show hosted by Christian Lacroix in New York City.[8][unreliable source?] Until his marriage, Kyril's purported romantic interests were tracked by European celebrity magazines, notably ¡Hola! in Spain.[citation needed]

He owns a vacation residence near Campos, Majorca, where he is a keen surfer.[citation needed]

He and his wife have been known to socialize with many celebrities and royalty, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Grant, the Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Mette Marit of Norway, as well as the Spanish royal family.[citation needed]

Kyril and his wife separated in 2009. Since 2017 he has been in a relationship with British businesswoman Katharine Butler.[9]

He is the godfather of Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece and Denmark, son of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece.[citation needed]

Titles and honours[edit]

  • 11 July 1964 – present: His Royal Highness Kyril, Prince of Preslav, Prince of Bulgaria, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke in Saxony[citation needed]

Dynastic honours[edit]


[citation needed]


  1. ^ Biography HRH Prince Kyril of Preslav Archived 26 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine – Official website of H.M. King Simeon II
  2. ^ Saxe-Coburg, Kyril (1986). Velocity distribution of pulsars : a Monte Carlo simulation. Princeton, NJ: Department of Physics.
  3. ^ Armitstead, Louise: "Hedge Fund Star's Net Worth," The Times, 1 July 2007
  4. ^ "Fast Track: A-Z of Employers Lehman Brothers," The Independent, 26 November 1998
  5. ^ Town & Country, March 1998
  6. ^ Margalejo, Isabel, and Rosario Nadal, Architectural Digest, March 2007, No. 12, p. 338
  7. ^ "Rosario Nadal y Kyril se separan". EL PAÍS (in Spanish). EFE. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  8. ^ Prince Kyril of Saxe-Coburg and actress Brooke Shields attend Christian Lacroix's - Getty Images
  9. ^
Kyril, Prince of Preslav
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 11 July 1964
Bulgarian royalty
Title last held by
Prince Kiril of Bulgaria
Prince of Preslav
Preceded by
Prince Beltrán of Bulgaria
Line of succession to the former Bulgarian throne
3rd position
Succeeded by
Prince Tassilo of Bulgaria