At Mount Gate in Kensington Gardens, close to the Serpentine Gallery, is an elegant water drinking fountain, a gift of the Bulgarian people in UK as a token of the warm relationship between the two countries. The fountain is named “Bulgarian Spring” and was unveiled on 26 May 2012, timed for the year of the Olympics in London. In such a prominent location the fountain provides welcome refreshment for visitors from around the world.
The official unveiling ceremony took place under the guidance of Prince Kyril Saxe-Coburg-Gotha of Bulgaria, patron of the project and Lifetime Honorary President of the Bulgarian City Club. The ceremony was followed by an afternoon of Bulgarian entertainment including a cultural programme of Bulgarian popular, jazz and traditional folk music, as well as theatre and dance. As per further notes here.
The fountain carries an inscription in Bulgarian and in English, which reads:
“Water is a gift of Nature. This fountain is a gift from the Bulgarian Community“.
“Водата е подарък на природата, този фонтан е дар от българската общност” [approximately].
The official unveiling ceremony took place under the guidance of Prince Kyril Saxe-Coburg-Gotha of Bulgaria, patron of the project and Lifetime Honorary President of the Bulgarian City Club.
Prince Kyril (born 1964) is the son of Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria. Simeon (born 1937, so now 81 years of age) became Tsar of Bulgaria in 1943 aged just 6 years on the sudden death of his father, King Boris III. But in 1946, under Soviet influence, the Bulgarian Monarchy was abolished and the family was forced into exile, eventually residing in Spain when granted asylum by General Franco. Simeon is one of the two last living heads of state from the time of World War II (the other is Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet), the only living person who has borne with the title “Tsar”, and one of only two former monarchs in history to have become the head of government through democratic elections [Simeon was Prime Minister of Bulgaria 2001-2005]. The other is the now-deceased Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia. Remarkable. Thanks to wikipedia here.
Bulgarian “Royal Family” ‘who’s who’ is explained here.
The family, not least Price Kyril, are prominent members of Spanish and British society.