Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria

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Princess Marie Louise
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Princess Marie Louise in Bulgarian costume
Born (1933-01-13) 13 January 1933 (age 87)
Sofia, Kingdom of Bulgaria
m. 1957; div. 1968)

Bronisław Chrobok
m. 1969)
IssuePrince Boris
Prince Hermann Friedrich
Princess Alexandra
Prince Pawel
HouseSaxe-Coburg and Gotha
FatherBoris III of Bulgaria
MotherGiovanna of Italy

Princess Maria Louise of Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Княгиня Мария Луиза Българска; born 13 January 1933, Sofia) is the daughter of Tsar Boris III and Tsaritsa Ioanna and the older sister of Simeon II of Bulgaria.[1] Her baptism in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church caused controversy at the time.[2]


Her godfather was Aleksandar Malinov.[3]

She was enrolled at the Medical Nurse College of the Spanish Red Cross Society, which she graduated with honours.

After the abolition of the monarchy in 1946, Princess Maria Louise left the country with her mother and brother. They first lived in Egypt and then moved to Spain.[4]

Marriage and issue[edit]

She married Prince Karl of Leiningen (1927 – 1990) in a civil ceremony on 14 February 1957 in Amorbach and in a religious ceremony on 20 February 1957 in Cannes.[1] The couple had two sons:[1]

Karl and Maria Luisa divorced on 4 December 1968.[5]

On 16 November 1969, she married Bronisław Tomasz Andrzej Chrobok[6] (born 27 August 1934 in Katowice, Poland), in Toronto, Canada. Subsequently they lived in New Jersey, United States and have a daughter and a son:

  • Alexandra-Nadejda Chrobok, Princess Von Kohary [7] born 14 September 1970), [1] married Jorge Champalimaud Raposo de Magalhães (born 16 September 1970, grandnephew of Portuguese billionaire António Champalimaud) on 8 September 2001. They have three children:
    • Luís de Magalhães (15 December 2003)
    • Giovanna de Magalhães (27 November 2006)
    • Clémentine de Magalhães (21 April 2011)
  • Pawel Alastair Antoni Chrobok (born 3 May 1972)[1], heir apparent to Koháry princely title[citation needed], married to Ariana Oliver Mas in 2014. They have two children:
    • Maya Chrobok (2015)
    • Alexander Ferdinand Chrobok (2017)

Princess of Koháry[edit]

The title "Princess of Koháry" was nominally ceded to Princess Maria-Louise and the children of her second marriage, by her brother Simeon II, ex-King of Bulgaria, on 11 June 2012.[8][better source needed]

Professional life[edit]

Princess Maria-Louise is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Bulgaria.[9]

On May 13, 2012, at the 18th commencement ceremony, Princess Maria-Louise received an honorary doctoral degree in Humane Letters from the American University in Bulgaria.[10]

In 2001, she visited and toured the church of St John of Rila the Wonderworker in Chicago's Portage Park community area.



  1. ^ a b c d e Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (editor). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family, Burke's Peerage, London, 1973, pp. 245-246, 296. ISBN 0-220-66222-3
  2. ^ News
  3. ^ Kingsimeon Archived 31 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine/
  4. ^ "King Simeon". Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  5. ^ Angelfire
  6. ^ "Bronislaw Tomasz Andrzej Chrobok, * 1933". Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Paul Theroff. "Bulgaria". Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Honorary Degree Recipients