See also:king of Bulgaria (1861- ), fifth and youngest son of
See also:Augustus of Saxe-
See also:Coburg and
See also:Gotha, was
See also:born on the 26th of
See also:February 1861 .
See also:Great care was exercised in his
See also:education, and every encouragement given to the taste for natural
See also:history which he exhibited at an early age . In 1879 he travelled with his
See also:brother Augustus to Brazil, and the results of their botanical observations were published at Vienna, 1883-1888, under the title of Itinera Principuni S . Coburgi . Having been appointed to a lieutenancy in the and regiment of
See also:Austrian hussars, he was holding this
See also:rank when, by unanimous
See also:vote of the
See also:Assembly, he was elected prince of Bulgaria, on the 7th of
See also:July 1887, in succession to Prince
See also:Alexander, who had abdicated on the 7th of
See also:September preceding . He assumed the
See also:government on the 14th of
See also:August 1887, for Russia for a long
See also:time refused to acknowledge the election, and he was accordingly exposed to frequent military conspiracies, due to the influence or attitude of that power . The firmness and vigour with which he met all attempts at revolution were at length rewarded, and his election was confirmed in
See also:March 1896 by the
See also:Porte and the great
See also:powers . On the loth of
See also:April 1893 he married
See also:Marie Louise de Bourbon (d . 1899), eldest daughter of Duke Robert of
See also:Parma, and in May following the
See also:Grand Sobranye confirmed the title of Royal
See also:Highness to the prince and his
See also:heir . The prince adhered to the
See also:Roman Catholic faith, but his son and heir, the
See also:young Prince Boris, was received into the Orthodox Greek
See also:Church on the 14th of February 1896 . Prince Boris, to whom the
See also:Nicholas III. became godfather, accompanied his
See also:father to Russia in 1898, when Prince
See also:Ferdinand visited St
See also:Petersburg and Moscow, and still further strengthened the bond already existing between Russia and Bulgaria . In 1908 Ferdinand married Eleanor (b .
186o), a princess of the
See also:house of Reuss . Later in the
See also:year, in connexion with the Austrian annexation of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the crisis with
See also:Turkey, he proclaimed the independence of Bulgaria, and took the title of king or tsar .
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