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The Poll entitled “Who in your view is the most popular south-east European monarch?” has came to a close on 5 September 2009. It ran for one month and 107 of you, my blog readers, from all over the world, kindly spared time and voted one of its options. This poll being so open to a global audience through the medium of the Internet, reflects also in great measure a global opinion about the popularity of the south-east European monarchs. 

The results show that King Michael of Romania is the most popular monarch in the region, a recognition of his huge merits during his reign but also as a moral beacon for many generations, showing how a man and a king has to deal in various complex situations, completely maintaining his moral integrity. The result of 50% indicates that his popularity is equal with all the other three monarchs together in the region.

On the second place is Alexander the Crown Prince of Serbia (28%), which is probably because of his balanced efforts for integration into the Serbian society and well thought long term plan to restore the monarchy through popular vote. We have to take in account the political situation in Serbia, as a part of the formerly Yugoslavia, and also the admiration of the Serbians for  King Alexander who 75 years ago was assassinated in Marseilles.

King Constantine II of Greece obtained 16% of the votes and this reflects his relations with the Greek government and the often contradictory positions of the Greeks in general toward their monarchy.

Simeon of Bulgaria obtained only 7% of the votes, probably because of his involvement in politics and the risks that entitles regarding the popularity of a personality. He recently lost the parliamentary elections and resigned the leadership of the NMSP party. Also in Bulgaria he still has to solve a series of property problems, which often attracts hostile press coverage from a large part of the post-communist press.

I would say that the poll results for Simeon of Bulgaria as well as for Alexander of Serbia are a reflection of the present situation, while for the Romanian and Greek monarchs the results are an appreciation of their entire activity and achievements.  The results also express the popularity of these monarchs and not necessarily of the monarchy.

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I have also for your attention asurvey regarding the restitution of royal properties in south-east Europe (click the link) that runs Until 20 September 2009. All rights reserved© Diana Mandache www.royalromania.wordpress.com

Read also Survey: Royal Property Restitution in the countries of South-East Europe