President Stojanov of Bulgaria

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President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 18 Jan 2013, 22:05

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Petar Stojanov (born 1952) was President of Bulgaria 1997-2002. Appointed Knight of the Swedish Order of the Seraphim on 27 October 2000. The use of the Arms of Bulgaria nearly makes one believe that we here have once more a King of Bulgaria. Oddly enough the former King Simeon II (as Simeon Sakskoburggotski, the Bulgarian Royal Family was of the Saxony-Coburg and Gotha Family as is the British Royal Family. The latter changed their name to Windsor during World War I) was Prime Minister of Bulgaria 2001-2005.

This Arms was naturaly not included in the Kungliga Serafimerorde Book, by belonged to a Series of New Order of the Seraphim Arms presented in the Vapenbilden (Journal of the Swedish Heraldry Society. No. 55 May 2003 and No. 58 May 2004).

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Re: President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby Jonathan Webster » 18 Jan 2013, 22:23

Do you know if any of the other Presidents of Bulgaria have been awarded the Seraphim or Elephant orders?

Any idea what the motto means?

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Re: President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 19 Jan 2013, 18:04

As far as I know President Stojanov is th only Bulgarian President so honoured. The Article in the Vapenbilden doesn't give any translation of Stojanov's Motto.

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Re: President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby Arthur Radburn » 19 Jan 2013, 19:43

Jonathan Webster wrote:Any idea what the motto means?

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Bulgaria , it's the motto of Bulgaria, and means "Unity renders power". A sentiment expressed, in various forms and languages, in several countries' mottoes.
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Re: President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby Jonathan Webster » 22 Aug 2013, 16:08

where any other Stallplates featured in that particular issue of Vapenbilder, and if so, do you have any pictures?

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Re: President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby Jonathan Webster » 22 Aug 2013, 16:15

Evidently President Parvanov of Bulgaria was also honoured with the Order of the Seraphim, and a Stallplate with Arms has been painted for him. However these Arms are almost completely identical to those of President Stojano v , with a few very minor differences in the colour of the infulae (bands) attached to the Crown. I will post a picture once I get chance.

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Re: President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby Torsten Laneryd » 22 Aug 2013, 16:35

Jonathan Webster wrote:where any other Stallplates featured in that particular issue of Vapenbilder, and if so, do you have any pictures?

Yes here: http://joomla.heraldik.se/joomla/images ... n/nr55.pdf page 116-117

http://joomla.heraldik.se/joomla/images ... n/nr58.pdf page 220

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Re: President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby Jonathan Webster » 22 Aug 2013, 17:03

Thank you for that Torsten. Fascinating to say the least!

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Re: President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby goran zajic » 29 Aug 2013, 09:04

Jonathan Webster wrote:
Any idea what the motto means?


Motto means "Unity is strength".

And this is the Bulgarian royal coat of arms.
God save, God feeds,
Serbian King, Serbian nation!

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Re: President Stojanov of Bulgaria

Postby Jonathan Webster » 29 Aug 2013, 11:46

They are (with supporters), the Arms of HM King Simeon of Bulgaria (and the former 1908-1946 Kingdom of Bulgaria), the present-day Bulgarian Republic (the two Arms are identical), and they have also been used to represent these two Presidents as Knights of the Order of the Seraphim.


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