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Prince Kyril of Bulgaria, Prince of Preslav (Kyril Heinrich Franz Ludwig Anton Karl Philipp) (17 November 1895 – 1 February 1945) was the second son of Ferdinand I of Bulgaria and his first wife Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma. He was a younger brother of Boris III of Bulgaria. In September 1936 Prince Kyril accompanied King Edward VIII on a whistle-stop tour of Bulgariamarker.

Present at the death of his brother, Tsar Boris on 28 August 1943, Prince Kyril was appointed head of a regency council by the Bulgarian parliament, to act as Head of State until the late Tsar's son, Simeon II of Bulgaria, became 18.

Prince Kyril, with the widowed Tsaritsa, Giovanna of Savoy, daughter of the Italian king, led the State Funeral for his brother Tsar Boris III on 5 September 1943 at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofiamarker, thereafter proceeding across the city to the main railway station where the funeral train waited to take the body to the 12th century Rila Monasterymarker in the mountains. Thereafter the three consecutive governments made efforts to extricate themselves from Bulgaria's agreements with Germanymarker, notably that which permitted their use of the railway to Greecemarker and the German troops stationed along it for protection. A Bulgarian Delegation travelled to Cairomarker in an attempt to negotiate with the United States and Great Britain but failed, the latter refusing to meet them without the participation of the Soviet Unionmarker.

Despite Sofia's continuous diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union, at the end of August 1944 that country declared war on Bulgaria and Soviet armies crossed the Romanianmarker border. The Fatherland Front, a coalition of the Communist Party, the left-wing of the Agrarian Union, the Zveno group, and a few pro-Soviet politicians who had returned from exile in the Soviet Union, executed a Sovietmarker-backed military coup on 9 September and seized power.

On the night of 1 February 1945, Kyril, former Prime Minister Professor Bogdan Filov, General Nikola Mihov, and a range of former cabinet ministers and advisors were executed. Their death sentences had been pronounced earlier that day by a "People's Tribunal."



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  • Boris III of Bulgaria 1894-1943, by Pashanko Dimitroff, London, 1986, ISBN 0-86332-140-2
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  • The Daily Telegraph, Obituary for "HM Queen Ioanna of the Bulgarians", London, 28 February 2000.

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