Boris III,1894–1943, czar of Bulgaria (1918–43), son of Czar FerdinandFerdinand,
1861–1948, czar of Bulgaria (1908–18), after being ruling prince (1887–1908). A grandnephew of Ernest I of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, he was chosen prince of Bulgaria after the enforced abdication of Prince Alexander.
..... Click the link for more information. , on whose abdication he succeeded to the throne. He ruled constitutionally until 1934, then set up a military dictatorship under his premier, Kimon Georgiev, and in 1935 began his personal dictatorship. He turned toward the Axis Powers and in 1940 forced Romania to restore southern DobrujaDobruja
, Rom. Dobrogea, Bulg. Dobrudza, historic region, c.9,000 sq mi (23,300 sq km), SE Europe, in SE Romania and NE Bulgaria, between the lower Danube River and the Black Sea.
..... Click the link for more information. to Bulgaria. While visiting Hitler in Berlin, he agreed to declare war on Great Britain and the United States, but not on Russia. His mysterious death, possibly by heart attack or by assassination, soon followed. His son, Simeon IISimeon II,
Simeon Borisov Sakskoburggotski,
or Simeon Borisov Saxe-Coburg-Gotha,
1937–, czar (1943–46) and premier (2001–5) of Bulgaria. He succeeded his father, Boris III, under a regency.
..... Click the link for more information. , succeeded under a regency.
Born Jan. 30, 1894; died Aug. 28, 1943. King of Bulgaria from 1918 to 1943. He was the son of Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg. In 1923 he helped to bring about the fascist coup d’etat of A. Tsankov. He pursued a pro-German foreign policy, which led in 1941 to the adherence of Bulgaria to the aggressive Berlin Pact of 1940 and in effect brought Bulgaria into World War II on the side of fascist Germany.