Madrid, Spain - January 13, 1967   ♫ [Drums]. Yeah, one, two princes kneel before you, that’s what I said now. Princes, princes who adore you, just go ahead now. One has diamonds in his pockets and that’s some bread, now. This one said he wants to buy you rockets, ain’t in his head, now. [Scat...]. This one, he got a princely racket, that’s what I said now. Got some big seal upon his jacket, ain’t in his head now. You marry him, your father will condone you, how ’bout that now? You marry me, your father will disown you, he’ll eat his hat, now. Marry him or marry me, I’m the one that loved you baby can’t you see? I ain’t got no future or family tree but I know what a prince and lover ought to be, I know what a prince and lover ought be. Said if you want to call me baby, just go ahead now. And if you like to tell me maybe, just go ahead now. And if you want to buy me flowers, just go ahead now. And if you like to talk for hours, just go ahead now. [Guitar solo]. Said one, two princes kneel before you, that’s what I said now. Princes, princes who adore you, just go ahead now. One has diamonds in his pockets and that’s some bread, now. And this one who wants to buy you rockets, and ain’t in his head, now. Marry him or marry me, I’m the one that loved you baby can’t you see? I ain’t got no future or family tree but I know what a prince and lover ought to be, I know what a prince and lover ought be. Said if you want to call me baby, just go ahead now. And if you like to tell me maybe, just go ahead now. And if you want to buy me flowers, just go ahead now. And if you like to talk for hours, just go ahead now. And if you want to call me baby, just go ahead now. And if you like to tell me maybe, just go ahead now. And if you like to buy me flowers, just go ahead now. And if you like to talk for hours, just go ahead now. And if you want to call me baby, just go ahead now. And if you like to tell me maybe, just go ahead now. And if you like to buy me flowers, just go ahead now. And if you like to talk for hours, just go ahead now. If you want to call me baby, just go ahead now. And if you like to tell me maybe, just go ahead now. If you want to buy me flowers, just go ahead now. And if you like to talk for hours, just go ahead now. Oh, baby, just go ahead now. Oh, just, just go ahead now. Oh, your majesty, just go ahead now. Come on forget the king who... marry me, just go ahead now. Come on, come on, come on, just go ahead now. Go ahead now, yeah, just go ahead now. And if you like to buy me flowers, just go ahead now. ♫ This picture was taken on my eleventh birthday and I had two very distinguished guests at my apartment at 13 Calle de Francos Rodríguez in Madrid: To the left (with his back facing) is Prince Kyril of Bulgaria, also known as the Prince of Preslav (born on July 11, 1964 in Madrid) and also known as Kyril of Saxe-Coburg.In the middle, just below the XMAS tree is his older brother Kardam (born on December 2, 1962) who is the Prince of Turnovo and the Crown Prince of Bulgaria. He is the eldest son of his majesty Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela. Prince Kardam is by courtesy sometimes styled as if being a crown prince. He is known also as Kardam of Bulgaria and Kardam of Turnovo, the latter being the title of the heir apparent of the Bulgarian throne. Sadly, on August 15, 2008, Kardam was involved in a serious car accident in El Molar, near Madrid and has been in a coma ever since. I wish him a speedy recovery. I had so much fun with him and his little brother when we were kids and it’s a real shame that such a horrible tragedy took place in Kardam’s life.Having such important guests over, it was certainly appropriate for me to wear a tie! The two boys on the right were neighbors of mine. I had fun assembling my Märklin train set, especially with the help of Kardam and Kyril, two princes, princes who adored me. It was traditional for my family to keep the XMAS tree up at least until my birthday which is on January 13th.I always had lots of fun with Kardam and Kyril (two princes who adored me) when we were together at the king’s palace. They were simply adorable! I’ll never forget the times when they both managed to fall in the [king-sized] swimming pool at the palace. Neither one of them knew how to swim as they were way too young back then and they would have both certainly drowned since there was no lifeguard on the premises. I managed to rescue both of them on two separate occasions as there was no one else around when these unfortunate incidents took place. I had learned how to swim just weeks before the two princes fell in the swimming pool, and not a minute too soon! His majesty King Simeon II was very impressed by my bravery and gave me several presents in recognition for my acts of heroism, including a Mercedes-Benz toy and a bicycle.This is the only photo of me that I have that was taken on my birthday when I was a kid. It was also a rare occasion when my mom actually had a birthday party for me. I guess she didn’t really like any type of festivities and that’s exactly why I grew up to be the party animal that I am now, LOL! I just had to make up for the very boring social life that I had during my childhood.Only a few weeks after this picture was taken, and after living in Madrid for 2½ years, my mother and I went back to Paris. She dragged me around as if I were a suitcase, from one country to the next (and I had to learn a new language about every two years), from one city to another, and from one apartment to the next. We even lived in King Simeon’s palace in Madrid, Spain, for a period of about one year. It is there that I met the two princes. I used to play with them almost every day! After living in France for another year and a half the second time around, my mom received her green card and we came to America. I was 12 years old when we moved and I have lived in Miami ever since. (Photo by my mom)
 

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