Kyril, Prince of Preslav

Prince Kyril
Prince of Preslav

Count Nikolai Tolstoy, left, and Prince Kyril, right
Born (1964-07-11) 11 July 1964
Spouse María del Rosario Nadal y Fuster de Puigdórfila
(m. 1989; separated 2009)
Issue Princess Mafalda-Cecilia
Princess Olimpia
Prince Tassilo
House Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry
Father Simeon II of Bulgaria
Mother Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela

HM The Tsar
HM The Tsaritsa

HRH The Princess of Koháry

Styles of
The Prince of Preslav
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Kyril, Prince of Preslav, Duke of Saxony[1] (born 11 July 1964), also known as Kyril of Saxe-Coburg, is the second son of Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria (also Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005) and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela.[2] Although he was born after his father's loss of the throne, he is by courtesy styled as a royal prince. The Prince of Preslav would have been the title for the second son of Bulgarian monarchs. Since Simeon was exiled as a child and Bulgaria never returned to becoming a monarchy, Simeon's children's titles are courtesy titles, as is the case with all dethroned dynasties.

Education and career

Kyril was born in Madrid, and graduated from Princeton University in 1986, having completed a bachelor degree in Physics.

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

Marriage and family

Kyril of Preslav married Doña María del Rosario Nadal y Fuster de Puigdórfila on 15 September 1989. 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. According to Majesty magazine at the time, King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofía, Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina, and Felipe, Prince of Asturias, attended the occasion.

The couple have three children:

As Kyril's wife, Rosario, who is a native of Majorca, could use the style of "Princess of Preslav", but she is most often referenced in the media as "Rosario Nadal". She is not a princess in her own right, though she is a maternal descendent of the Counts of Olocau, her grandfather being the 9th Count, and her uncle being the present and 10th Count. Rosario is also a descendant of the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II.[5]

A former model and muse for the fashion designer Valentino, Rosario is, by profession, a consultant and professor of art history.[6][7] In 2007, she wrote an article for Architectural Digest.[8]

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.[9][10]

The couple appeared together at the royal wedding of Princess Victoria of Sweden in June 2010.[11]

Personal life

On 28 October 1987, Kyril escorted fellow Princeton graduate Brooke Shields to a dinner/fashion show hosted by Christian Lacroix in New York City.[12] Until his marriage, Kyril's purported romantic interests were tracked by European celebrity magazines, notably ¡Hola! in Spain.

He owns a vacation residence near Campos, Majorca, where he is a keen surfer.

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.

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



Dynastical honours



  1. Biography HRH Prince Kyril of Preslav – Official website of H.M. King Simeon II
  2. The Peerage
  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. "Bulgarian Royals," The Royal Forums (blog)
  6. Town & Country, March 1998
  7. Margalejo, Isabel, and Rosario Nadal, Architectural Digest, March 2007, No. 12, p. 338
  8. News in Pictures, Hello! magazine, 13 October 2009.
  9. ¡Hola!, 12 October 2009
  10. Hello Magazine, 19 June 2010
  11. Prince Kyril of Saxe-Coburg and actress Brooke Shields attend Christian Lacroix's - Getty Images
  13. Wedding of Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie of Lannoy
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
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