By Noncho Iliev – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons
On July 29, the Royal Palace of Vrana was finally handed over to Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria deposed by the Sofia Court of Appeal, ending a more than ten-year legal battle between the Bulgarian royal family and the Bulgarian government. . According to the International Monarchist Conference, the Sofia Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Simeon II, who will now be able to retain his residence. The Bulgarian Royal Palace was restored by the Bulgarian government after the fall of communism and was finally completed after restoration in 1998.
The palace, along with the other properties, was returned to Tsar Simeon II in the 1990s and was the subject of much controversy in Bulgarian media and society in the 2000s, as many argued that they should be public property. However, since June 2013, the Parc Royal has been open to the public on weekends.
It is the end of a long conflict. In August 2018, the Sofia City Court ruled in favor of the state and declared Vrana Palace to be state property; however, now the Sofia Court of Appeal has ruled in favor of Simeon II, stating that the monarch should retain his right to live in the building. The former Bulgarian monarch lives in the palace with his wife.
Vrana Palace is located outside the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. Today it is the official residence of the former monarch and his wife, Margarita. Vrana Palace was originally used as a summer residence, where the royal family spent a lot of time. Tsar Simeon was the last Czar of Bulgaria from 1943 to 1946 when he was just a child. Later, Simeon was Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005.